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Type climbing: sporttradice Vratsa is the largest climbing area in Bulgaria. The rocks are located to the west of the town with the same name, on the northern slopes of the Vratsa Mountain (part of the Balkan Ridge). They are a favourite place for Bulgarian and many foreign climbers. This guidebook 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. There are routes at Vratsa suitable for rock climbers of all levels and preferences. Sport routes range from difficulty grade 5c to 8c, and the trad (alpine) ones up to 7c (9). The region is suitable for beginners’ training courses as well. There is a huge potential for new routes – in already developed sectors or in new ones.
GPS point: 43.19851,23.54655 Червеният площад, Инфо цетър - Parking place GPS point: 43.1909,23.531 Проходът Вратцата, Малката Вратца The rocks are located near the largest town of Northeast Bulgaria – Vratsa. This is easily reachable by road from the nation’s capital city, Sofia (110 km). Good highways connect Vratsa to both Bulgarian bridges on the Danube: at Vidin (134 km) and at Ruse (250 km). There are regular coaches and trains to Sofia and other parts of the country. The climbing regions can be reached by car or on foot from the town centre. There are several convenient parking lots. Access to individual sectors is short – from 1 to 30 minutes. Most routes are close to the Vrattsata Gorge, located on the Leva (Varteshnitsa) River, at 430 m above sea level. The distance to the Red Square, at the town’s edge, is about 1.8 km, and to the town centre – 3.4 km (20-30 min on foot). This is the narrowest part of the Zgorigrad Gorge and is 30 m wide. It looks like a rocky gate, thus the name Vrattsata (the Door). This is where the road between Vratsa and the village of Zgorigrad lies. The rocks stretch along 3 or 4 km and include pinnacles, walls, ridges and caves, provisionally divided in 10 regions with 45 climbing sectors. More information see here: https://www.climbingguidebg.com/cdb.php?f=placeinfo&idPlace=1&lang=en