Blagaj climbing site
The first climbing routes have been equipped in the autumn of 2014 along with the construction of the artificial rock of the New Wave Youth Club, which is part of the Eco Center Blagaj. The Eco Center itself is really the starting point for the development of the climbing in Blagaj. The first climbing routes have been equipped, which resulted in the involvement of other locals in the climbing activity. Many of them felt the charm of sport climbing for the first time. This has caused mutual understanding of the terrain observation, and in winter of 2014-2015, the sector of the Red Rock opens with the help of the French climber Quentin Chastagnier, and the approaches to the sectors that will be equipped in the future are being fitted.
In the spring of 2015, the first bolting weekend in Blagaj was organized, which resulted in the arrival of climbers from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the discovery of this true climbing paradise. During the bolting weekend, the cooperation between Mostar climbers led by Vedran Ugljen and the members of the climbing association Željezničar Sarajevo was achieved, which greatly facilitated the development of the climbing scene in this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the climbing site itself.
Vedran Ugljen with the assistance of local climbers fits the first sports multi-pitch in Blagaj. In autumn of 2015 Blagaj is visited by one of the world’s biggest climbing legends Silvo Karo, and new sector Ljut is opened.
The complexity of the terrain on the climbing site requires a really painstaking work on making access to the sectors. In winter 2015-2016 the Via Ferrata was completed through the canyon of Vulin Potok, which has the greatest climbing potential on the climbing site itself. The construction of Via Ferrata Vulin Potok can really be called community service because a large number of local people are involved in various ways. All the work is done by Salih Mulaosmanović with the help of Ibrahim Balalić and Nedžad Klepo in the logistics.
In the spring of 2016, a new sector Rebro opens, followed by the equipping of the first multi-pitches. In the summer of 2016 a new sector Duga Peć opens. The construction of the necessary branches of the ferrata follows, and in the spring of 2017 the third bolting weekend is organized. New sectors are opened: Publika, Hladovina, Ispod-Vodopanac. Preparatory work is being done on the new ferrata branches, opening of the two best-performing sectors on the Big Rock climbing site and sector Šube.
The engagement of local people about the idea of making a climbing site resulted in the founding of Sports and climbing Club Blagaj, which takes cares of the climbing site.
Characteristics of the rocks and climbing routes on the climbing site in Blagaj:
-The climbing site in Blagaj occupies a rather large geographic area of some 2.5 kilometers in length
-The organization of the sector and the altitude allow the climbing season in Blagaj to continue almost throughout the whole year.
– The limestone is of exceptional quality due to the geological image of the terrain and the pleasant climate.
-The variety of angles and length of the individual sectors have enabled Blagaj to have all kinds of routes: from the least difficult ones to the ones used by the top climbers.
– The length of the routes goes from 15 metres to the sports multi-pitches of 180 metres.-There are about 80 routes, the level of difficulty goes from 3 to the potential 8
– The French scale is used for evaluating the level of difficulty.
-The climbing routes will satisfy all kinds of climbers, from the ones that require the utmost precision of the footwork, to the totally modern athletics in the extremely overhung routes with flowstone.