Climbing for everybody initially in Czech Republic

Climbing for everybody initially in Czech Republic
Author: Manca Čujež

Climbing for everybody is a three-year-project, co-funded by European Commission, programme Erasmus+: Sport, Youth and EU Aid Volunteers. It is being implemented in partnership of six European alpine associations: Czech, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Slovak and Slovenian. The initial mountain week was organized by Český horolezecký svaz in Adršpach in Bohemian Switzerland in the north of Czech Republic from September 25th to October 2nd 2016.
International project Climbing for everybody is taking place from January 1st 2016 to December 31st 2018 and is being implemented in partnership of six alpine associations from the European Union: Český horolezecký svaz (CHS), Hrvatski planinarski savez (HPS), Magyar Hegy- és Sportmászó Szövetseg (MHSSZ), Club Alpino Italiano (CAI), Slovensky horolezecky spolok JAMES (SMU JAMES) and Planinska zveza Slovenije (PZS).


Climbing for everybody (photo by Manca Čujež)

The main project objective is to encourage people of all ages and especially young ones to take active part in sport activities related to climbing and all kinds of mountain sports. The project wants to show that mountain and climbing sports are not reserved to selected extreme climbers conquering ice walls of eight-thousand peaks. Mountaineering and climbing historically belong to grassroot sports (rather say physical activities) which have allways built on values as physical fitness, friendship, community, responsibility for own life and life of a partner on the rope, courage, mutual respect, respect for nature. These values were always accompanied by a social behaviour as generational transmission of values and experience, voluntary compliance with the written and unwritten ethical standards, volunteering, confession of a healthy sporting lifestyle, voluntary sharing of skills and experiences etc. The project wants to build on these values and wants to show that these activities can be practiced by anyone including people with physical dissabilities, and that everyone can even conquer his/her own “north face” on the rocks nearby the city or in the climbing hall.

In addition to other activities, more attention is being paid to the organization of five exchanges, so called mountain weeks, in all partner countries, except for Hungary. The purpose of these meetings is to exchange experience, present opportunities for climbing and mountaineering in each country, and to find solutions to common problems.

Participants of the first mountain week in Czech Republic (photo by Martin Grajciar)

The first mountain week was organized by Český horolezecký svaz from September 25th to October 2nd 2016. 90 participants from Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia met in Adršpach. The members of expert groups attended workshops and climbers from all the countries experienced sandstone rock-climbing. The sandstone rocks of North Bohemia are among the remarkable natural phenomena in Czech Republic. The climbers, among them members of Slovenia Youth Mountaineering Team, got acquainted with specific climbing ethics and sandstone giants up close, learnt the specifics of climbing on sandstone, how to use basic climbing gear, and techniques for climbing and rappelling.
All together five mountain weeks are going to be realised within the project, each in different partner country and in the world-famous and unique locality. Specifics of a given locality are determined by traditions and practices of the local climbing community, specific climbing techniques and by character of mountains and nature. The following mountain weeks are going to take place in High Tatras (Slovakia, June 2017), Biokovo (Croatia, October 2017), Julian Alps (Slovenia, 2018) and Orco (Italy, 2018).

Plezanje za vse je triletni mednarodni projekt Erasmus+, sofinanciran s strani Evropske komisije, pri katerem je moči, ideje in izkušnje združilo šest evropskih planinskih zvez: Češke, Hrvaške, Madžarske, Italije, Slovaške in Slovenije. Uvodni plezalni teden je bil med 25. septembrom in 2. oktobrom 2016 v Adršpachu na severu Češke, v prihodnjih dveh letih pa se bo selil v ostale pridružene države.

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Slovenian Mountain Bike Route
Author: Manca Čujež

Mountain biking has become increasingly popular among the members of the Alpine Association of Slovenia. As a result, the 1,800km circular Slovenian Mountain Bike Route (STKP) was officially opened in June 2016 after several years of work and research in the field, which was carried out by the Mountain Bike Commission of the Alpine Association of Slovenia. The route visits all of Slovenia’s significant mountain groups and passes 109 control points; the total ascent along the route adds up to almost 50,000 vertical metres. // Der Mountainbikesport erfreut sich bei den Mitgliedern des Slowenischen Alpenvereins (PZS) immer größerer Beliebtheit. Die jahrelange Arbeit und die von der Mountainbike-Kommission (KTK) des Slowenischen Alpenvereins durchgeführten Untersuchungen auf dem Gelände haben sich gelohnt, und so konnte im Juni 2016 offiziell die 1800 km lange Slowenische Mountainbikeroute (STKP) eröffnet werden. Der Rundweg führt über alle bedeutenderen Berggruppen, besucht 109 Kontrollpunkte und hat einen Gesamtanstieg von knapp 50 tausend Höhenmetern.
The basic course of the Slovenian Mountain Bike Route is not particularly technically demanding, as it is intended for a broad spectrum of mountain bikers; however, it can be physically demanding at some points where the trail is not rideable and bikes need to be pushed, though never carried. The route follows quiet side roads, field paths, logging trails and paths. For well-prepared bikers, the route is almost entirely rideable if taken in the recommended direction. The basic course of the route will gradually be upgraded with short and more demanding options, especially on the descents. The route frequently passes railway stations in order to encourage visitors to use the railway to reach the starting point and to return back home.

On the Slovenian Mountain Bike Route, bikers will experience the variety of the Slovenian mountain landscape and have the opportunity to visit a number of locations significant to Slovenia’s Alpine, ethnographic and technical history, including the Slovenian Alpine Museum, the Julius Kugy monument, the Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden, Trenta Lodge (the Triglav National Park Information Centre), Idrija Mercury Mine, Mežica Tourist Mine and Museum, Monument to Four Brave Men in Bohinj, Pocar Homestead, Ljubljana Castle, Sečovlje Salt-pans, Snežnik Castle, Podsreda Castle, Johann Puch Museum in Juršinci, Old Vine House, and more. In addition, the route leads through tourist towns such as Bohinj, Kranjska Gora, Štanjel and Piran, and through the old towns of Ljubljana, Maribor, Idrija and Brežice.
STKP IN NUMBERS
DISTANCE 1,800 km
TOTAL ASCENT 50,000 m
STAGES 41
CONTROL POINTS 109
MOUNTAIN HUTS 52

STKP logbook
The route passes 109 control points, 52 of which are located at mountain huts; bikers will show they have been there by stamping their STKP logbook. The Slovenian Mountain Bike Route is divided into 41 stages.

Purchase of STKP logbook
Planinska trgovina PZS
Dvorakova ulica 9
p.p. 214
SI-1001
Ljubljana
Slovenia
Telephone (during opening hours):
+386 (0)1 4345 684 , +386 (0)1 4345 680
Toll-free number (24/7): +386 (0)80 1893
Fax: +386 (0)1 4345 691
E-mail orders: trgovina@pzs.si
Online shop: http://shop.pzs.si/
STKP logbooks are already available at some control points. Price: €3.50.

Online STKP Guide: pzs.si/ktk/wpstkp/en/

Turno kolesarstvo postaja vse bolj priljubljena dejavnost članov Planinske zveze Slovenije (PZS). Kot dodatno spodbudo za njegov razvoj je Komisija za turno kolesarstvo PZS junija 2016 odprla krožno kolesarsko pot, ki obide vse pomembnejše slovenske gorske skupine, poteka mimo 109 kontrolnih točk, meri okoli 1800 kilometrov in premaga 50.000 metrov višinske razlike v vzponu.

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