Climbing in the Adrspach Rocks

Last weekend I went rock climbing in Adrspach sandstone rocks in the Northern Czech Republic. There I learned that the Czech Republic was once a sea, and got to see some amazing sandstone sculptures like this:

 

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We drove up on Friday night which happened to be Election Day and the start of a long weekend which meant really bad traffic. When we arrived in the town of Adrspach we immediately went to a local pub and enjoyed the local beer Krakonos named after a giant who is alleged to live in the mountains of Krkonoše. The beer was quite heavy but also delicious, and at 18ck a beer it was some of the cheapest beer I’ve found. That night we slept in park benches right near the mountain area where we would be climbing in the morning. Although the benches were quite uncomfortable and it was really cold at night I slept like a baby throughout the trip.

 

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Part of the crew and the benches we slept on.

In the morning we hiked up a small hill and immediately saw sandstone figures ripe for climbing. Many or the figures had rings about 10m up to clip into for some protection but overall these figures had very little protection, we would have to make our own. This was my first time climbing sandstone and boy was it fun! Aka, quite the climber, lead all the routes which means she climbed first and created protection for us to clip into. Since I was inexperienced I only did top roping which is easier.DSCF0419

This first day was a lot of new experiences for me; I learned how to repel down a face and how to tie a kinderkopf which means child’s hat in German. Overall the trip lasted 3 days and 3 nights and was extremely fun all around. We were able to get lots of climbing in the first two days and got to visit the rock city which is a national park and had some incredible formations. My highlight of the trip was repealing down the biggest rock face at sunset on the second day. Although it is getting too cold for outdoor climbing, I would highly recommend people to visit the area to view the truly unique sandstone formations. Information about the area can be found at http://www.adrspach.com/.

Tim Sheehan

Union College