Category: Rock climbing

Rock climbing in Bulgaria for those who don’t want to fly.

Rock climbing in BulgariaBulgaria’s mountainous terrain means that the opportunities for rock climbing are practically unlimited. The most popular areas for rock climbing in Bulgaria are:

1. Vratsa rocks – these lime rocks and rock pillars offer great possibilities for the climbers with the many difficulty levels. As a whole it resembles the area of Verdon in France. The climbing routes are well marked and secured by safety wedges. The area “Central Wall” is about 450 m high, very large, almost completely vertical and extremely challenging.
2. Rila Mountain – the climbing sites are mainly close to the Malyovitsa peak. The rocks are of solid granite, the altitude is from 2000 to 2800 meters. The height of the rock pillars is from 100 to 300 meters. The difficulty level is different. Many routes are marked but there is enough space for free attempts or new routes. The area is incredibly beautiful with its lakes, peaks and forms.
3. Pirin mountain – the altitude is like that of the Rila Mountains, but it’s forms are more sharp and alpine. The most visited climbing site is the North wall of Vihren peak where the level change is 400 m. The style of climbing is free, only some of the routes have safety wedges.

There are also other suitable areas for rock climbing in Bulgaria like at Lakatnik and close to Veliko Tarnovo limestone rocks, the granite rocks of  “Kominite” in Vitosha mountain close to Sofia. They offer various possibilities for rock climbing at extreme grade, and all the routes in these areas are well equipped with bolts and rappel ways. Many rock areas in Bulgaria are still not touched by climbers, but in the near future they certainly will.

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