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From the sandstone towers of the Ardšpatch Valley to the the multitude of sandstone walls in the Bohemian Paradise, from top to bottom the Czech Republic is an excellent location for rock climbers of every level.
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in central Europe. It is surrounded by Germany to the west and north, Austria to the south, Poland to the north and Slovakia to the east. As a result, it is very well connected by train and bus to the rest of Europe. The capital, Prague, is home to the country’s largest international airport.
Most of the rock climbing in the Czech Republic takes place on sandstone rock. The many beautiful sandstone spires here are renowned for being both challenging and, at times, quite dangerous too. As a result, a high level of physicality is needed for many of the tougher spires and chimneys. However, there are also many simpler and safer routes for less experiences climbers.
The crux of the issue in terms of danger on these sandstone walls is erosion. After it rains, many guides will not climb sandstone in order to conserve it, for example. Be sure to cushion your trip with a few extra days to account for rain, especially in the early summer and spring.
As a result, a certain climbing culture has developed here and many practices that are common place in other regions are deemed unethical or even unlawful. For example, chalk, top roping and certain metal gear (such as cams, friends and nuts) are all banned from use on sandstone climbs.
During the summer, the average daily temperature in the Czech Republic ranges between 20ºC and 30ºC. Temperatures are generally cooler during the spring and autumn. During the early summer and late spring, rain storms are not infrequent, later summer tends to be the driest part of the year.
This really depends on how much time you have. Most guides offer single-day trips, while some guides offer longer, week-long trips. Overall, a week would be enough time to explore and rock climb here.
April to October
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