Climbing: Moravian Karst
Moravian Karst is one of the most important climbing zones in the Czech Republic. There the history of classic as well as modern climbing was made.
It is geographically a very specific area of plateau, located northeast of Brno. In this area there are rare karsts. It is a home to many rare caves and the massive cave complexes tens of kilometers long. Most rock walls on the slopes and valleys are formed by old Devonian limestone. Height of the wall varies by location – you can walls that are 100 meters high or more, but more typical for this area are walls from 20 to 30 meters. Quality limestone also varies from location to location. Most quality limestone is offered in Sloup, or Rudice or Holstejn, while the worst quality rock is located in an area called Zleby.
As for the quality of safety equipment. Here, as in other areas, the more popular the walls have better protection than less popular. More popular areas are triggered by rivets and hook nails to the less visited areas is a good idea to pack your backpack climbing a own equipment (over such roads is to be expected that you might come across on old hooks and loops, whose age and origin is hard to find out).
Moravian Karst is a protected area, so it is necessary to follow certain regulations that strictly define the climbing activity. Climbing activity here is only allowed in certain areas and for limited periods of time. In some areas is year-round climbing permitted. In others, you can only climb from July 15th to December 31st. Not knowing these restrictions is no excuse. It is also necessary to use the designated access routes. “X” mark means no entry, the direction is marked with a triangular arrow. Climbing is permitted only for UIAA members. In all areas is prohibited to camp.
There are 6 climbing areas in Moravian Karst: Zleby, Josefovske Valley, Rudicke Sink, Holstejn, Sloup and rocksin the valley of the Ricka.
Zleby (Pusty and Suchy) are located near Macocha chasm. The name designates a vast valley, stretching from the funicular near the chasm to Skalni Mlyn . There are about 50 rock formations to climb, however, it is permitted to climb on only 10 walls. It is also possible to climb in the most famous chasm in the Czech Republic – Macocha. However, you need a written permission for that. Josefovské valley is famous for its rock called Bull Rock - there are ways that are among the most difficult in the Czech Republic. Bull Rock, along with Raven's are most famous rock climbing sites of the Moravian Karst. The area of Rudice is composed of several rock units near the same village.
In valley at the entrance to Rudice Sink there are two climbing walls, which include roads. There securing form a loop, the age at which we can only guess. Another very popular area is Sloup , as it boasts with a wide range of difficulties - from 3 to 10. Another reason is certainly the best accessibility, since the first rock is located along the path. As in previous areas, there has to be at the easier routes reckon with the fact that the outputs can be very slippy. The most famous tower is called India . It is almost 25 meters high and is well accssible. Additional climbing very important area is Holštejn .Even there the most difficult tracks in the Czech Republic are located (if you hear about success at tracks of difficulty 10 -, 10 nda 10+: Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Castle Niche , Clown’s Grave , Mantis or Glutaman, the climber certainly talks about tracks of Holstejn). The rocks in the river valley are the latest small area where you climb on rocks of difficulty 5. The rocks are hidden in the high beech forest. The height of the walls is different for each rock.
Text/photo: Martina Brožková
We had paid our visit the House of Nature once we reached Skalni mill, a locality near Blansko district town, also thought about as the entrance to the Moravian Karst. We had also seen some of its surrounding. The trail going to the Katerinska cave is right behind this recently opened exhibition.
Today we continue in our journey across the Moravian Karst. We have explored the Katerinska Cave and returned to Skalni Mill. Then we took an asphalt road towards the bottom station of the cable car. The cable car was supposed to take us up to the famous and popular Macocha Gorge.
Our walk along the Macocha Nature trail led us to the bottom cable car station which was launched in May 1995. We found ourselves at the altitude of about 361 meters. Our goal was Horni Mustek above the Macocha abyss. Horni Mustek is more than 130 meters higher.
Last week we got finally closer to our goal – the fabulous Macocha gorge. First we took a look at it when we were at Dolni Mustek. Then we went up to see its glory from above from Horni Mustek.
Today we conclude our tour in the Moravian Karst. We visit the Balcarka cave near Ostrov u Macochy village. This cave hides the greatest dripstones. Also, it is the most popular to visit. It unravels its 15 thousand years of history of human settlement. So lets go inside!
Cerna Hora, a town of about 2000 (20 kilometers from Brno at the edge of Boskovicka Brazda) is situated in the Blansko district. Surrounded with beautiful forests, the town is famous for its brewery. We take a look at other places you shouldn’t miss as well.
Only five kilometers from the district capital of Blansko there is Rajec-Jestrebi, a town of 3.5 thousand by the Svitava River. This town is the northern gateway to the Moravian Karst however also a town where a beautiful chateau is located.
The Moravian Karst is undoubtedly the most beautiful area in the Czech Republic. Blansko, a town offering many historical, cultural, nature, and other sights, is located right there. It is also an ideal destination for a trip for couple of days for its great life in culture and perfect sport opportunities.
Today we look again into the beautiful city in the heart of beautiful nature. Yes, we talk about Blansko, the entrance to the Moravian Karst. But it is not only that. It is a place of fascinating sights we take look at on the following lines.
Once we visited Blansko chateau and St Martin church we set off to a wooden structure. We spotted it when we observed the town. This structure is a church which actually doesn’t fit in the city’s architecture.
Upon seeing the marvels of architecture in Blansko – the wooden church, chateau, Jezek’s bridge – today our goal are not only some other sghts. We also talk about the social life in the city.
In our journeys in the region of South Moravia we stopped at Adamov, a town situated 12 kilometers from Brno. Surrounded by forests the town is located on the confluence of the Svitava and Krtinsky creek. It has a population of 4.5 thousand.
When I have learned recently that Lonely Planet declared Brno the least interesting city in the Czech Republic I couldn’t understand. Then I realized that it was good they said it after all. Had crowds of tourists been going there every day as they go to Prague it would soon loose its magic. Brno is a city of universities, fun, culture and many small, lovely places. The turning clock in the shape of a male genitalia from which a small glass ball falls out every hour. Smoking road signs are really to be found only here… New York Times was much more smarter. They put Brno on the list of 52 places where to go in 2016!
As was told in the first part, now you know why to go to Brno. You know where to start your exploration of the historical district and where to have lunch. What is next? We are going to spend some moments on Svoboda square. There is a mysterious astronomical clock. We cant avoit a visit to Spilberk castle, Villa Tugendhat (under UNESCO) and a functionalist borough around it. Of course, we are going to have a taste of the night life, great beer or wine, and we are going to see some glimpses of local students ’life. So let’s get started!
Only couple of days ago, a unique interactive exhibition has been opened in the heart of the Moravian Karst (at the meeting point of Suchy and Pusty Zleb) near Skalni Mill. The exhibition take you through the history of this place in a very innovative way.
To become better climber you need to train as much as at any other sport. You training must be regular and constantly improve you. Still, you have to feel challenged enough overcome yourself.
As in any sport, you can exercise muscles you need to strengthen in order to last longer on a tall wall. To improve your climbing abilities you need to exercise palm muscles and forehand muscles in order to improve your grip. Also, you need to strengthen stomach muscles to improve your postural stability. These principles will be elaborated on in another article. Lets see how you can strengthen your palm and forehand muscles.
Should you want to climb up some via ferrata and lack finances to travel abroad you should explore possibilities of local via ferratas. One of them is in Semily, north Bohemia. It is a small training ferrata located in beautiful environment on the top of the rock on the Jizera. On the opposite side, there is a tourist trail (red) that runs across hanging bridges on the side of the rock.
History of various climbing and mountaineering techniques is really long. It was first thing people did while in mountains. First trip to the mountains was not because of sports or hobby. People began walking to the mountains because of getting food.
Climbing the sandstone cliffs and towers have with us a long tradition and high standards. Sandstone is material, after which the climbs here and elsewhere in the world. The Czech Republic, however, is historically linked. The so-called. cradle of climbing the sandstone rocks is north of the Czech Republic - Bohemian Switzerland and its soaring towers and the Elbe Sandstone climbing areas in Czech paradise.
As it has been already mentioned, the Leam Phra Nang peninsula is known for its four beaches - Railey West Beach, Railey East Beach, Ao Phra Nang and Ton Sai.
On the rocks near Kutná Hora, a group of young climbers talking about the best way to get up, where they should catch, where to stand. On them, but also all around have everything they need - high quality and sophisticated equipment, thermos of tea, energy bars and in their mind lot of theory from red books.
You cannot think of a place where you can go and be in nature in Prague? Clearly, there is a place where you can relax, forget about city noise and stretch your muscles you need for climbing. That place is Divoka Sarka natural reservation.
Climbing - sport which is experiencing a tremendous "boom". From people wishing to adrenaline, overcoming themselves and merge with nature who climbing became part of their life, gradually moved into the cities to those is climbing mainly fun. The climb can begin to practically everyone.
The errors are the part of each beginning but on the other hand we have to say that one learns to errors. In the beginning everyone just misses, but the perfection can be only one who devotes his interest to one hundred percent. The learning spiral rises up and falls down again, experiencing the joy of success, but also sadness or even frustration when something does not go to him.
Lets clarify connection between climbing and mountain climbing. Except expedition climbing, mountaineers started with overcoming short and extremely difficult routes in high mountains. Ergo mountain climbing was the first and it had several stages of development. Climbing and mountaineering came from one discipline. Now we have many various sport disciplines.
Sport climbing is relatively safe compared with other sports activities. But the Mountain climbing hasn´t such a positive balance already. Memorials of those who had to die on the mountains are the clear proof.
Do you want to rest from your everyday worries and visit some place with a absolutely different climate? Do you want to have some sporting activity during your vacation (including climbing)? One of the best option is Thailand, a country in southeastern Asia.
Not every weekend is possible to leave the capital and move to greener and rocky parts of Slovakia. This is exactly why I like to wander in Bratislava. It's nice to visit places that one had no idea they existed.
Why go to the mountains, where is cold, if it is possible to enjoy skiing also in the living room? This way, unfortunately, reflects the considerable percentage of Czech children, young people, but also their parents, for whom such a form of entertainment child actually is very comfortable and ultimately inexpensive.
Instructor Kamil Korejs answered this question professionally but mainly skink: "My experience with climbing of partners is varied. It depends also on how much the partner is lighter, "he explains, deliberately avoiding the answer, as the new common hobby could move their relationship and then talk turns to the professional side of things.
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