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Rock Climbing in Paklenica

The National Park of Paklenica is at the heart of Croatian rock climbing and is known as one of the top European rock climbing areas. Paklenica is a place of outstanding natural beauty, situated close to the sea near Starigrad-Paklenica.

The rock climbing is very varied from single pitch sport routes to big wall rock climbing routes up to 350m long, catering for the absolute beginners to the most experienced rock climber. In total there are 590 routes here on good quality limestone rock, of which the majority of the routes are bolted.

There are over 300 single pitch sport routes mainly located at the entrance to the park, only a few minutes’ walk from the car park. The rest of the routes at Paklenica are multi-pitch with a mixture of pure bolted routes to trad routes requiring the placement of nuts and cams. The classic Anica kuk face has some big wall multi-pitch climbing up to 350m long, of which a photograph is shown below. Further information about the rock climbing routes in Paklenica is available here.

Map of Paklenica in Croatia

Map of Paklenica in Croatia
The Different Style of Routes to be found at Paklenica
Style of Climbing Total No. of Routes Up to 4c 5a to 5c 6a to 6c 7a to 7c 8a to 8c Over 8c
Single-pitch sport routes 303 32 55 121 63 16 16
Multi-pitch sport routes 165 15 23 78 45 3 1
Multi-pitch trad routes 41 26 11 3 1 0 0

Access to the Paklenica

Paklenica is reached from the small coastal town of Starigrad-Paklenica, which is approximately 46Km from the tourist town of Zadar. The National Park is well sign posted off the coastal road. Further information about getting to Paklenica is available here.

Climbers are required to purchase a climbing pass, available at the park reception. It should be noted this pass only allows climbing within the designated climbing area. Further information about the different types of routes at Paklenica, from single pitch sport routes in Klanci to the many multi-pitch classics on Anica kuk, is available here. There are nearly 600 routes to choose from.

Paklenica is also a great place to go walking that combines craggy limestone gorges, caves, dense pine forest and meadow-carpeted alpine uplands. Find out more... 

The classic north face of Anica kuk, where the routes are up to 350m long

The classic north face of Anica kuk, where the routes are up to 350m long.

Ideal time to visit Paklenica for rock climbing

The best time of the year to visit Paklenica for rock climbing is from April through to late October. The winter can be very windy and wet, and while in the high summer it can get very hot, though there is always shade to be found in the sports climbing area of Klanci to the north face of Anica kuk.
Every year there is an International Speed Climbing Competition held at the end of April and beginning of May. Further information about this speed climbing competition is available here.

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Click on the image to view a larger photograph, showing the rock climbing to be found at Paklenica.

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