🌲 Amazing bolting & climbing weekend on planet Klekovaca. We established 6 new routes between 5+ and 7b and cleared the path to the rocks. 3 newbie bolters made their first routes on natural rocks with a little bit of help from the elders 👴🏻💪👏

Thanks to Planinarsko društvo “13 runolista” Drvar whose hut was a excellent base 🏰

This “BiH climbing fusion” project is funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout MarketMakers, a project supported by the Government of Switzerland, implemented by a consortium of Helvetas Schweiz and Kolektiv / Posao.ba.

🌷Više cvijeća, manje smeća!
Uvijek pokupi smeće za sobom, čak i onda kada nije tvoje. Šuma će ti se odužiti 🌲🌍
Akcija čišćenja #cleanupday na izletištu Preodac.

#cleanupafteryourself !

Aida Starcevic climbing „Origins“, 6b 💪 – One of the first climbs in the newly established area Preodac. Monroe Manson bolted it last weekend as his first route (hence the name) during our bolting weekend. Bravo!

This “BiH climbing fusion” project is funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout MarketMakers, a project supported by the Government of Switzerland, implemented by a consortium of Helvetas Schweiz and Kolektiv / Posao.ba.

📷 David Lemmerer / Balkan Colours

📣Posljedni poziv! Akcija na Klekovači u periodu od Petak 21.8. do Nedelja 23.8.

Bušenje par smjerova, markiranje staza i dobro druženje.

Spavanje u planinarskom domu. Za one koji budu radili, troškove hrane snosi organizator (kupite sebi i sačuvajte račun).

Molim vas vaš dolazak potvrdite porukom u inbox.

Hvala, vidimo se.

Pogled na Klekovacu 📷 @lazarmihajlovicphotography
@ Klekovača

🚐 10-day Bosnia bolting roadtrip: 4. – 13. September

We invite you to join us for a bolting trip through West and Central Bosnia which is totally wild, underrated and full of rocks 🐻

We will have 3 stops at virgin rocks in Drvar, Preodac and Livno and we will expand a few existing crags on the way.

The rocks are mostly excellent between 20m-70m. You will get to know this small beautiful country hands-on!

🔩 Bolts provided
🥙 Dinners provided
🏰 Accomodation or camp provided

More info about the project on this page or at balkancolours.com

❗️For foreigners a negative PCR test is needed to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will cost you something but life in Bosnia is extremely cheap for a western wallet.

📌Get registered here www.shorturl.at/fALMV

Any questions?

See you soon 😉

📷 Lazar Mihajlović & David Lemmerer

This “BiH climbing fusion project” is funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout Marketmakers, a project supported by the Government of Switzerland, implemented by a consortium of HelvetasSchweiz and Kolektiv / @_posao.ba_

 

🧗‍♂️ Od sutra pa do nedjelje opremamo smjerove u Preodcu, selu kod Bosanskog Grahova sa 300 izvora i mnoštvom stijena. // From tomorrow until Sunday we’re creating a new climbing area at Preodac (Grahovo), the village of 300 springs.

🙋‍♂️Pridružite nam se! Boltovi i hrana su obezbjeđeni. Sva pomoć je dobrodošla (opremanje smjerova, čišćenje, uređenje pristupne staze, fotografisanje, kuhanje, itd)

🏞 Stijene su smještene u kanjonu rijeke Unac, odmah ispod ostataka misteriozne tvrđave iz 14-og vijeka.

Riječi teško mogu opisati ovu izuzetnu dolini. Dođite i uvjerite se sami! 🤩

Ovaj projekat je podržan od MarketMakers-a (projekat podržan od Vlade Švicarske, koji implementira konzorcij Helvetas Schweiz i Kolektiv / Posao.ba.)

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🙋‍♂️Join us! Bolts & food are provided. All help is appreciated (Cleaning routes, pathbuilding, photography, cooking,…).

🏞 The rocks are located in the Unac river canyon, just under the mysterious 14th century fortress ruin, whose history is largely unknown.

Enough words, just come and see for yourself 🤩

🎥 David Lemmerer / Balkan Colours

This project is funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout MarketMakers, a project supported by the Government of Switzerland, implemented by a consortium of Helvetas Schweiz and Kolektiv / Posao.ba.

Da li i vi gorite od želje za opremanjem smjerova? 🔥
U avgustu bušimo smjerove na tri prelijepe lokacije: Preodac (13.-16.08.2020), Klekovača (21.-23.08.2020) i Han Derventa (27.-30.08.2020)
🔩 Boltovi, hrana i smještaj su obezbjeđeni, troškovi su pokriveni!
📌Ukoliko želite da se priključite registrujte se na formi ispod.
Uskoro objavljujemo nove lokacije za septembar.

Are you also burning for new routes like us? 🔥
In August we’ll be bolting in a three beautiful locations: Preodac (13.-16.08.2020), Klekovača (21.-23.08.2020) and Han Derventa (27.-30.08.2020)
🔩Bolts, food and accommodation are provided, costs covered!
📌 Please get registered on the link below to join the rock fest.
More locations upcoming for September…

Registration form / Registraciona forma: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfLL8hFdDwWuIZnvA…/viewform

Naslovnu fotografiju je napravio naš prijatelj Sebastian Wahlhuetter, tokom Drill and Chill Climbing and Highlining Festival, na kom je isprobavao efekat vatre. / Photo taken during Drill and Chill Climbing and Highlining Festival to help our friend Sebastian Wahlhuetter to try his fire effect.

‼️`BiH Climbing Fusion’ project

2020 – Gamechanger in all aspects! 🥳 This is BiH’s (Bosnia and Herzegovina) biggest Climbing community project so far – coming to a climbing crag near you, from August 2020.

We will need your help! 🙋‍♂️ Please👍 our page to stay updated. We will soon publish:

📅 Calls for local bolting actions
🧐 Teasers of new Rocks
📌 Project updates
📙 Instructables on bolting & trailbuilding
.. and much more ..

Now for the project:

🏆 Climbing in BiH is unique – Compared with any other country a Bosnian climber probably has the highest number of bolts per Climber capita and some of the newest and best Climbing areas in Europe – yet 99% of the time you won’t meet any other climbers..

🧗‍♀️ Rock climbing has a long tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A tradition which was almost extinguished in the 1990ies.

📈 But especially in the last 5 years there was a real sport climbing boom – 70% of todays existing 1500 routes were bolted in this period and a new small climbing generation is taking over the drill, exploring and bolting new places.

🧩 However for the number of excellent places which are well marked, have a good approach, are well bolted on solid rock with a high density of routes – there are equally many places which are remote, undocumented, scattered all over the country with just a handful of routes, are hard to find, have old corroded bolts or might have a garbage problem.

⚛️ „A Fusion, or synthesis, is the process of combining two or more distinct entities into a new whole.“

This new Balkan Colours project ‘BiH Climbing Fusion’ with our partner MarketMakers (a project supported by the Government of Switzerland) will fuse the existing elements and transform the status quo – in terms of usability for local climbers and tourists, more recognition for climbing as a sport and stronger economic benefits for local communities.

We will :

📊 1. Evaluate

We will reflect the status quo – Since we published the first Sport climbing guide for BiH in 2018, the accessibility of all climbing area has improved and a small climbing tourism is noticeable. We will look into the usability of Crags and the impact of a potential increase of climbers on neighbouring communities.

💯 2. Standardize

📓 A handbook for the Gold standard of sustainable Climbing Crag development and bolting will be published in the languages of the people of BiH.

3. Upgrade Infrastructure

🗺 The Existing infrastructure (trails, markations) will be upgraded in 10 selected areas, in addition to new info- and educational tables.

🔨 75 new routes will be bolted to increase the density of routes in existing crags with a handful of routes and to expand to new regions which have few or no Climbing so far.

🔧 1 Climbing area will be completely rebolted with 12mm Inox material.

⛺️ 4. Promote Climbing tourism

📰 A multilanguage Climbing magazine will be launched covering all 4 climbing regions (Krajina, Central BiH, Sarajevo and the East, Hercegovina) and distributed for free internationally.

🎥 A Videoseries will be launched to promote the touristic value of BiH climbing both regionally and throughout Europe.

This project is funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout MarketMakers, a project supported by the Government of Switzerland, implemented by a consortium of Helvetas Schweiz and Kolektiv / Posao.ba.

Photo credits Momir Zubovic Zuba