Climbing in Mavrovo - The short story
Rock climbing in Mavrovo started in the past decade with the bolting of routes in the Great Mavrovo Cave settled high in the Radika river canyon as well as with organizing the first climbing events in this area. The climbing in Mavrovo was initiated in 2013 by Vladimir Trpovski, president of the Macedonian Sport Climbing Federation (MSCF), the father of climbing and the biggest patron of the development of rock climbing in Macedonia, together with Dimitar Popov, the owner of Ski Hut Gorica, an accomplished climbing instructor and outdoor routesetter.
Very soon after the initiation of the climbing in Mavrovo, the word of the cave and the routes in fast traveled to many good climbers from the Balkans and beyond. Klemen Becan, a Slovenian high-end climber, visited the cave and opened the first 9a route in Mavrovo in late 2014. This later reached the ears of Adam Ondra, the world's best climber, who then visited the cave in the Fall of 2018 and who opened the route Czech Trip 9a+.
The climbing season in Mavrovo and the Great Mavrovo Cave is from late March until mid November. Since the rock climbing spots are mostly located along the Radika river gorge - a vast wild terrain with elevation ranging from 650 - 900 masl - it makes this area to be perfect for climbing during the summer days in Macedonia.
The Great Mavrovo Cave:
A beautiful, vivid and picturesque limestone cave with around 40 climbing routes with all grades, starting from 6a and reaching high up to 9a+. From grey and sharp limestone to tufa style in overhanging walls, the cave offers strong climbing on verticals, overhangs and roofs up to 40 m per pitch.
The Beach - Ribnicka Plaza:
This is a small climbing crag ideal for first timers, families with kids and basic climbing courses. All routes are easy and super good protected. The maximum length of the routes is 15m.
Whether you are a few friends or a bigger group, the best choice for climbing in Mavrovo is to address us here at Ski Hut Gorica. We offer guided climbing tours that include a climbing instructor/guide, Topos, gear, setting up Top ropes and belay support. We also offer climbing courses on outdoor rock as well as simple information on the routes etc. We will give our best to make your holiday an unforgettable, epic and joyful adventure long to be remembered!
Adam Ondra in Mavrovo: