SANDSTONE CLIMBING TRIP Czech Republic
05.08.2017 - 19.08.2017
One of the best types of rock for climbing in the world (not that we’re biased) this course is perfect for climbers with a bit of experience looking to get their next set of kicks – all on the world famous Elbe Mountains.
If you’re familiar with British gritstone then Czech sandstone will be surprisingly similar. If you’ve got no idea what we’re talking about then all you need to know is that the Czech sandstone of the Elbe Mountains is one of the best rock types for climbing.
This is your chance to experience some of the most unique and exciting Czech climbing, accompanied by some of the finest guides you could ever wish to meet (even if we do say so ourselves). It’s perfect for climbers who’ve got a fair bit of experience under their belt, but open to anyone who can belay safely and tie on without assistance.
For Indoor climbers it is the ideal first step into outdoor climbing - you’ll get a kick out of testing your skills in the open. The Elbe Mountains are considered by many as one of the best sandstone climbing destinations on the planet.
On this trip you’ll add to your arsenal of climbing skills:
Top-roping and lead climbing - someone has to tackle the face first
Equipment use, storage and maintenance to help it last well and keep you safe
How to use a guide book so you can explore new areas and pick your own routes
Movement skills so you can traverse the face and build technique and strength
Understanding of outdoor risks so you don’t make any rookie mistakes
Throughout your stay you’ll be guided by a local climber and route developer who’ll use their local knowledge to take you deep into the Elbe sandstone. These ancient rocks straddle the border between German Saxony and Czech Bohemia and are, not surprisingly, a national park. The River Elbe has carved a narrow gorge through the soft sandstone, creating some stunning cracks and crevices that will get serious climbers pretty aroused.
All of this climbing is accompanied by the legendary Rockbusters good time experience. We know how to climb and we know how to party, and we want to do both with you. Come and be part of the crew in this top Czech mountain destination.
For those who are just starting out, check out our other courses for beginners and intermediate climbers and use this as a goal to work towards. You won’t regret it.
Day 1 - Pick up from airport at times to suit the group as a whole. Welcome dinner on the first night and a relaxed discussion about the week ahead, people's abilities and ambitions for the week.
Day 2 - Introduction to climbing. Getting a taste for the rock and some warm-up routes. Reviewing safe belay, top-roping and a refresher on leading for those with goals.
Day 3 - More climbing, top-roping on some trickier routes for the beginners. Gaining confidence and improving lead climbing technique for intermediates and advanced.
Day 4 - First lead climbs for the beginner group on easy terrain. Advanced belaying and controlling falls dynamically.
Day 5 - Time to add some technical coaching. Finding and working a red-point project for the advanced.
Day 6 - Discussion and practice on red-pointing, flash, and onsite methods. Making sure everyone is having fun and progressing their technique on the rock.
Day 7 - Consolidate our weeks work. Finish those projects we started and lock in the skills we learned. It's time for the farewell dinner and party for those with some energy.
Day 8 - Everyone gets back to the bus station or airport safe and sound and we say goodbye - until next time.
Note: Everyone needs a rest day but we don't fix these into the itinerary. Listen to your body and take break when you need it.
From sporty non-climbers and beginners through to experts leading at F8, our experienced team will plan the days so that everyone climbs as much they can and gets all the coaching they need.
Pick up and drop off at destinations and times agreed to suit the group. Other locations can be accommodated on request.
As much coaching and guiding as you want and need, from our all female team.
Transport between crags.
Shared accommodation in climbing hostals, camps.
All safety equipment including quick draws, ropes, harness , helmet - but feel free to bring your own.
Evening group meals are provided on request at a cost of 15€ each. There will normally be 2 dishes on offer and you can go for both. We also include wine .. in reasonable quantities !
Flights, travel and climbing insurance and all other food are not included. You will also need to BRING YOUR OWN CLIMBING SHOES
Departure: Ruzyne International Airport