Albanian Climbing - Wild, Undiscovered Limestone

Albanian Climbing - Wild, Undiscovered Limestone


Nestled in South East corner of Europe lies the wild and unexplored country of Albania. After the fall of communism in 1991 the locals started partnering with climbers from around the world to discover the riches that the Albanian Alps had to offer. They soon discovered dramatic limestone walls all through the country. Route development has only scratched the surface as new areas are constantly being discovered. From powerful bouldering lines at foot of Petrela Castle to, 150 meter 8b (5.13d) projects on the beach, Albania has some of the best undiscovered climbing in the world.

This summer, June 12th - 14th, is the first ever Albanian Climbing Festival on Gjipe Beach. This picturesque beach is located at the mouth of a beautiful canyon with snaking tufas and striped limestone. The festival will involve three days of climbing, slacklining, and deep water soloing. For those that are interested in seeing more of the climbing in Albania, they will be climbing at Bovilla and Brar, two crags close to the capital city of Tirana, during the preceding week. For more information check out www.albanianclimbingfestival.com or www.climbingalbania.com


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