The guidebook is bilingual – in Bulgarian and in English – so we hope that our unique rocks in Vratsa will be discovered by climbers from all over the world. The region has been developing fast as a tourist destination focusing on outdoor activities – and rock climbing is probably the most important of them.
Includes all climbing routes – more than 500 – existing on the limestone crags near Vratsa, of which around 250 are fully equipped with bolts for sport climbing and the rest are trad, alpine or mixed – partially equipped with in-situ anchors. Length varies from short one-pitch sport and trad routes, through several pitches, to the longest ones, of 10 to 13 pitches. The latter go up the majestic 350-metre high Central Wall.
This edition comprises all information – expanded and updated – from the previously published guidebook Vratsa Rocks – Alpine Routes (Petkov & Maslarov, 1987) as well as recently developed areas and routes.
For each sector, routes are traced out on photographs; bolted belays are marked with white-filled circles, and belay points equipped with pitons or needing temporary protection (nuts, cams) with black-filled ones. Information about sport-climbing routes includes grade, length, number of quickdraws needed, year when they were equipped and by whom – but that’s all, so we won’t spoil your on-sight! For trad/alpine routes, you will also find short pitch-by-pitch descriptions and topos. The first ascent date and authors’ names are given as well. Other important dates and events can be included, as well as information about subsequent re-equipment if such has been made.
Along with the book you get extended access to the support site www.climbingguidebg.com, the section holding information on Vratsa’s climbing routes. You get access to up-to-date information on new or changed, along with older and newer topos not included in the guide book.