Alpinists and freestyle climbers will find the right climbing environment in both the continental and littoral regions, with some climbing sites being located quite close to towns and popular holiday resorts (Zagreb, Ogulin, Rovinj, Pazin, Split, Omiš…). Routes ranging from several meters long for beginners, to several hundred meters for specialists, are open to climbing enthusiasts on the rocks of Paklenica, Velebit, Ucka, in the Dinara range (including Dinara-Omiš), Mosor, Biokovo and others, and on the islands (Brac, Vis,Mljet). The best known climbing destinations in the continental parts of the country are on the mountains of Klek,Papuk, Kalnik, on Samarske stijene and Bijele stijene.
Anica kuk in Velika Paklenica
Pre-eminent as a special attraction for climbers among the wide choice of cliffs in Croatian karst areas is the massive, 350 m-high cliff face known as Aniæa kuk, in the Paklenica National Park. There are over 400 organized climbing routes, some of which are among the most demanding in Europe. Aniæa kuk is the site of regular climbers’ gatherings, competitions, training schools and camping events.
As a rule, climbers carry their own equipment. Organizers of climbing schools and training courses provide all the necessary climbing equipment for their attendants. Croatian Alpinists have taken part in, and have been organizers of, numerous climbing expeditions to the Himalayas and other high mountains throughout the world. With regard to free climbers, they do have a shorter tradition, but already possess a wealth of experience in international climbing meetings and competitions. There are freestyle and technical climbers’ clubs throughout the country, in both continental and littoral parts, opera-ting both within and outside the Croatian Mountaineering Association.