Climbing Trip Europe 2016
13.08.2016 - 08.10.2016
Climb the continent on our favourite trip of the year. Stop at all the best crags, become part of the crew and experience what life on the road and climbing is all about. Tours stop in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain.
Climbing Eurotrip is Rockbusters favourite time of the year. How could it not be? We’re driving across the continent, stopping at all of the most iconic crags and any other you want to visit. You can focus on climbing as much as possible, while experiencing the freedom of the ultimate climbing road trip. We love it and our guests love it, so we do it year after year!
The nature of the Climbing Eurotrip allows you to dip in and out of it as you wish. You can join us for the whole duration (8 weeks) or join us for your favourite locations. The atmosphere of the Rockbusters Eurotrip is legendary. Everyone quickly becomes a part of the Rockbusters family. After weeks on the road, it’s always hard to say goodbye and you’re likely to come back for more next year!
We’ll introduce you to many of Europe’s best climbing locations, like the Frankenjura, Margalef or Ceuse.
You will experience sport climbing at its best, receive expert coaching and guidance, as well as have the most fun you ever have while rock climbing!
Join us for the whole duration of the trip or just choose the destinations or dates that work for you.ome along for as long or short as you want - we’ll even pick you up from the airport.
Our performance coaching is ongoing throughout the tour. Below are the examples of topics covered:
Choosing the most suitable climbing gear for your needs and how to use it safely
Belaying, lead belaying, setting up top-ropes and lead climbing in the way that’s most conducive to learning new rock climbing skills
Standard climbing calls and best communication practice to ensure safety wherever you go
Using guidebooks so that you can become a confident, independent climber
Understanding of objective outdoor risks so you can make it home safely every day
Cleaning the anchors and routes so you can retrieve all your gear safely
Movement skills (technique) for more efficient climbing
Footwork on slabs and vertical faces, using balance and correct feet placements to maximise your efficiency on the rock (for climbers leading f5 or harder)
Steep climbing techniques (overhangs), resting and saving energy (for climbers leading f6c or harder)
The trip is suitable for climbers of all levels as our experienced team of instructors and guides will plan the itinerary to suit the needs of the whole group. Everybody gets to climb as much as they can, receiving as much coaching as they need.
Our main focus is having long, epic climbing days (without having an epic!). You can tackle many routes each day and spend plenty of time on the rock.
Week 1 - Labské Údolí / Czech Republic
Week 2 - Frankenjura / Germany
Week 3 - Zillertal / Austria
Week 4 - Finale Ligure / Italy
Week 5 - Céüse / France
Week 6 - Georges du Tarn / France
Week 7 - Margalef / Spain
Week 8 - Rodellar / Spain
SUITABLE FOR: any climbing levels, at least little climbing experience is advantage (safe belay, tie on, ...)
PRICE INCLUDES: Guiding / Coaching, Accommodation (campsites, refuges, ...), Transport, Safety equipment (quick draws, ropes, harness, helmet, ... NO CLIMBING SHOES)
PRICE EXCLUDES: travel and climbing insurance, flight tickets and food
WHAT YOU NEED: climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 60cm sling with screw gate carabiner, sleeping bag, foam pad, good approach shoes, back pack, warm light jacket, headlamp
We think you’ll agree that our itinerary is pretty spectacular. Here’s where the tour stops:
Labské údolí - Czech republic
The Elbe Mountains are without doubt one of the best sandstone areas in Europe, forming the border between the Czech Republic and Germany. The River Elbe carves its way through the soft sandstone creating steep sided gorges and crags that are begging to be climbed. It’s very challenging for technical sport climbing and generally considered suitable for climbers capable of leading 6a’s and harder. If you’ve got a bit of experience under your belt then this is a great place to improve your technique and mental control – becoming a Zen climbing master.
Fly via Prague, arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Sunday to Friday.
Frankenjura - Germany
One of the biggest and best climbing spots in Germany and probably Europe too. Located between Nuremberg, Bamberg and Bayreuth there are about 1,000 crags to explore in the area, which is enough to keep anyone busy. Most routes are short, powerful single pitch sport climbs on limestone with plenty of finger pockets. With around 10,000 routes, this is perfect for climbers of all levels. It’s also family-friendly and a top spot to start leading or to do your first outdoor climbs all backdropped by the beautiful forests of Bavaria. There’s accommodation to suit most needs and budgets in campsites or guesthouses.
Fly via Nürnberg, Germany: arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Sunday to Friday.
Zillertal - Austria
The undisputed best granite climbing spot in the Tirol, bar none. There are around 700 routes to climb, seven via ferratas, climbing gardens and lots of pitch tours. With so many options you can climb here until your fingers bleed (hopefully not of course!). We usually say that some outdoor climbing experience and leading may be relevant but not essential, and there are plenty of routes for all abilities. We love this stop on the tour and think you will too. Accommodation is in a local campsite.
Fly to München, Germany. Fly from Milano, Italy: arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Monday to Friday.
Finale Ligure - Italy
With the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria done, Italy is the next logical stop. And what a stop it is. The climbing at Finale Ligure is stunning. With around 2,700 routes to choose on white limestone rocks in an area of about 10 square kilometres, this is one of the best climbing areas in Italy. The deep green landscape can be harsh and wild, and it’s not your usual climbing area, but then again, this is not your usual climbing tour either. It’s the perfect place for experienced climbers to go hard and beginners to bag their first crags. The free camping area is a nice bonus too.
Fly to Milano, Italy. Fly from Torino, Italy: arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Sunday to Friday.
Ceüse – France
The best sports climbing crag in France and maybe even the world, this is a no brainer stop off point for our tour. Blessed with beautifully pocketed limestone, amazing lines and a truly stunning location, this is a climbing nivannah that is not to be missed. Most routes are single pitch and the climbing is really varied, ranging from overhangs to steep technical walls. The routes are renowned for being tough and requiring plenty of stamina so they are mostly suitable for climbers with some outdoor climbing experience and good fitness. Leading experience is also relevant but not essential. Accommodation in Ceüse is in a campsite.
Fly into Torino, Italy. Fly back from Montpellier, France: arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Sunday to Friday.
Gorge du Tarn - France
Situated in the south-west of France in the Pyrenees, this is a well-known spot for bouldering and sports climbing. The rock here is good and well-bolted with the Gorge du Tarn offering excellent steep overhangs that will test the stamina of even experienced climbers. There’s a good spread of grades so something for all ability levels to get stuck into. Some routes are up to 150m long. Again, it’s suitable for sport climbers with at least some outdoor climbing experience and being able to lead climb is relevant but not essential. Accommodation is also in a campsite.
Fly via Montpelliere, France: arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Sunday to Friday.
Margalef – Spain
Considered a climbing paradise by some, Margalef in Spain is located near to Montsant and Siurana. With more than 500 routes of all types, quality and grades. There’s big overhangs, small pockets, tufas, boulder routes and plenty more to try out. It’s all found in nearly 50 crags spread over two valleys, with climbs of all grades including slabs, overhangs and vertical walls. It’s an incredibly beautiful place too. It’s suitable for sport climbers with at least some outdoor climbing experience. Leading is helpful but not essential. Accommodation is in a local campsite.
Fly via Barcelona/Llerida, Spain: arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Sunday to Friday.
Rodellar - Spain
The last stop on the tour is appropriately one of the world's best climbing areas. We’ll take on athletic, long stamina climbs in huge caves and there’s another chance to improve your tufa technique. This is mostly advanced sport climbing and suitable for climbers with outdoor climbing experience although there are plenty of easy routes to enjoy if you are less experienced. But by this time on the tour, you should be able to take on the challenge. Leading experience is not essential, but very welcome. Accommodation is in an excellent refuge within walking distance of the crags.
Fly via Barcelona, Spain: arrive Saturday and depart Saturday allowing 6 days climbing Sunday to Friday.
So, as you can see, this is a pretty comprehensive European tour stopping at many of Europe’s legendary climbing spots. Join the crew from the start and travel the whole way or pick your favorite destination and we’ll meet you there. However you do it, being part of our European tour you’ll become part of the Rockbusters family, live the life and become a better climber. What’s not to like?
Departure: Barcelona International Airport