Rock Climbing in Sweden

by Mark on May 18, 2018

Rock climbing and bouldering guidebooks for SwedenThe summer is almost upon us, and for those who are looking for a different rock climbing holiday experience, then Sweden could be the answer.  Climbing in Sweden?  Where? What type?

Throughout southern Sweden and particularly around the city of Gothenburg there are many crags to explore.  The character of the climbing here is all about cragging, mainly on excellent quality granite rock, single pitch routes with short walk-ins, and set in beautiful environments.  Plus you can choose from trad routes and sport routes, to some great bouldering.

Visit Gothenburg and climb in the centre of the city.  Generally the style of climbing found here is trad climbing, though there is also some sport climbing in the higher grades. However to the east of the city around the town of Boras there are more crags with both trad and sport routes. This area has a wide range of grades, with a large number of bolted routes in the lower grades. The Gothenburg rock climbing guidebook describes over 1,600 of the best routes in this area across 46 crags, and is in English and Swedish text throughout.

Bohuslan is an area about an hour and half drive to the north of Gothenburg, and it is one of Sweden’s best trad climbing areas.  Bohuslan is characterised by lots of small crags (around 100) situated in a beautiful location with lots of crack climbing on good quality granite rock – a trad climber’s paradise.  The location of the crags is diverse with some being by the sea, in farmer’s fields, or on small hillsides. The climbing at Bohuslan is varied, the rock quality is exceptional, and a good spread of grades to choose from.  The Bohuslan rock climbing guidebook is very comprehensive covering thousands of routes at 100 different crags, and is in Swedish text with the crag access descriptions in English.

Vastervik is Sweden’s best know bouldering area with Bjornblocket being the famous crag with its iconic Hourglass boulder.  It is located on the south-east coast of Sweden, about four hours’ drive from Stockholm.  Hidden within beautiful forests and woodland are numerous granite boulders.  The style of the bouldering at Vastervik varies from steep, big moves to technical crimping and slopers, with the majority of the bouldering is in the Fb 6a to Fb 7c+ grade range. The Vastervik bouldering guidebook describes over 400 problems across 24 different crags, and is in English text throughout.

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Istria Rock Climbing Guidebook, Croatia

by Mark on April 16, 2018

Istria rock climbing guidebookIstria is the huge peninsula overlooking Italy in northwest Croatia, and is a great place for a climbing holiday.  Many of the best and largest crags are situated in protected rural areas, with rolling hills and canyons.

What about the rock?  It’s fresh, solid, karsty, exhilarating limestone.   A new Istria rock climbing guidebook has just been published that covers 25 different crags in Istria and the coastal part of Kvarner around Rijeka.  Strong climbers looking for the hardest routes will head for Pandora, Buzetski kanjon or Medveja.  Beginners or climbers looking for easy routes will love Rovinj, Vela draga, Cepic or Dvigrad.  Plus there are many crags with a wide range of grades, such as Kompanj or Limski kanal.  The guidebook covers nearly 1,400 routes, more than enough for several weeks of climbing, whatever grade you climb at.

The climbing is varied; choose the coast or mainland; overhangs or vertical rock; wilderness or small villages; above the sea or multi-pitch; it is possible to climb throughout the year due to the varied character of the crags.

On rest days you can enjoy great history such as a large Roman amphitheatre at Pula, countless Roman buildings, and fortified coastal towns. Then each evening enjoy fine food and wine with a strong Italian influence.

Buy the new Istria rock climbing guidebook for £27.95 plus P&P.

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Riglos Vertical Guidebook

March 23, 2018

Riglos is a picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains near Huesca, in northeast Spain.  Riglos is famous for its orange conglomerate pillars of rock rising up to 300m high.   The photograph opposite shows the main cliffs of Riglos, with the broad pillar of El Pison in the foreground. Riglos is all about […]

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Peak Limestone South Guidebook

March 11, 2018

The Peak District is the most popular climbing area in the UK with many thousands of routes across a wide range of climbing styles.  A new definitive guidebook for the southern limestone crags has just been published centred around Matlock.  Called Peak Limestone South, it describes all the trad climbing and sport climbing as well […]

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Sport climbing in Margalef guidebook

February 12, 2018

Margalef is the second largest climbing area in the Sierra de Prades Mountains (also known as the Costa Daurada climbing area) that are close to the towns of Reus and Tarragona in southern Catalunya. The type of rock found at Margalef is conglomerate, and the style of climbing is all about pockets, with an abundance […]

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Rock Climbs in Annecy Guidebook

January 3, 2018

Climb Europe wishes all of our customers a happy New Year.  January is always a good month to plan your holidays and adventures for the year ahead. The French Alps is always a popular climbing destination, with most climbers heading for Chamonix.  For those who wish to escape the crowds of Chamonix but still experience […]

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Rock around the World Guidebook

December 6, 2017

Christmas is always a good excuse to buy yourself a present; one that will inspire you to dream of big routes in great locations around the world. Sounds good? Then the Rock around the World Guidebook is for you. It describes 180 multi-pitch routes (both sport and trad) in 7 different areas around the world, […]

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Portugal Rock Climbing Guidebook

October 9, 2017

A new Portugal rock climbing guidebook has just been published, the first for over 10 years, that provides a huge update on all the new developments during this time and describes the best places for climbing in Portugal. There are many excellent places to go climbing in Portugal and the following areas are some of […]

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New Tarragona Climbs Guidebook

September 18, 2017

The 2nd edition of the Tarragona Climbs Guidebook has recently been published. It covers selected sport routes in the Sierra de Prades Mountains that are widely regarded as some of the finest single pitch sport routes in Europe. The Sierra de Prades Mountains rise sharply behind the coastal city of Tarragona, located to the south […]

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North Wales Bouldering Guidebook

August 22, 2017

A new North Wales bouldering guidebook has just been published. It has been 13 years since the 1st edition and in that time the number of high quality areas has grown hugely. North Wales offers a greater depth and variety of bouldering that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. It is also possible […]

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