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Josipa Grbić, Marko Dukši We are Marko and Josipa. We have chosen Paklenica to base the crème de la crème of our offer. Like most other places on the Adriatic the summer season works for itself. Some guests regular, others passing by. The beaches are five-minute walk away and our apartments are as nice and cosy as most any other. However, this is where the likeness STOPS[.]

We are young, ACTIVE people willing to go an extra mile with those who want to make the most of their free time. We believe there is no holiday like an ACTIVE HOLIDAY, no greater satisfaction than to stretch our physical and mental limits beyond what we hold ourselves capable of. We are offering you oportunities for active holidays here in Paklenica but beware – you might like it too much. :) We can make your holidays exciting and memorable but first of all SAFE.

We are both schooled climbers. As a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor certified by Croatian Mountaineering Association I am qualified to offer you various mountain climbing courses or shorter lessons, from sport climbing to ice climbing and mountaineering. Whether you have never climbed before and just want to TEST YOURSELF in a fun and safe sporting environment or you want to learn to lead BIG WALL multi-pitch free climbing routes, all that and much more we offer you right here in Paklenica.

About Paklenica

Paklenica Paklenica National Park is a large area in the south of Velebit mountain range where two large canyons cut across the Velebit mountain from the land to the Adriatic sea. It is a must-see, if only to admire it from the safety of the cobblestone path along the main canyon.

However, for HIKERS there are beautiful tours leading from the canyon of Velika Paklenica through the upper valley and up into the mountains. In a two-day trip you can visit the highest peak of Velebit range – Vaganski vrh (1757 m) and many others just as interesting.

Very different than Velika Paklenica, the other canyon – the one of Mala Paklenica has not been touched by machinery or commerce. It is left REALLY WILD for a more adventurous spirit to explore and we find it much more interesting than the main canyon. Only in dry season is it possible to thread your way through it by scrambling, squeezing through and hopping across huge boulders on the dry riverbed. It requires quite some technical skills and physical effort. Even more demanding is to LINK BOTH CANYONS, starting in Mala Paklenica and finishing in Velika Paklenica. Those who make it are rewarded with such a complete experience!

A word of warning, though. The canyons and many mountain peaks are accessible by more than 50 MARKED TRAILS but please understand that in the mountains (especially on karst like Velebit) even following a trail can be dangerous. So please never go up there alone or split from your group. Always make sure at least one of you is well experienced and safety conscious. Keep in mind that weather in the mountains can quickly change for the worst and likely in ways you may not be familiar with and prepared for. If you are having doubts, we can help you with advice or suggest a guided tour.

Paklenica is also visited by thousands of CLIMBERS from all over Europe. It is well known for its highest quality limestone rock with VERTICAL CLIFFS up to 400 meters high. There is even an annual Big Wall Speed Climbing competition sponsored by Red Bull and Mammut where you can watch world class climbers fighting for seconds on difficult routes hundreds of meters above ground.

The rock features are very varied – slabs, cracks, flakes and pockets. Also, there are these curious features common in Paklenica (but very rare outside of Velebit) which are called "škrape" (plural, pronounced sh-cra-peh). These are parallel jagged runnels made by water erosion and can be as narrow as a finger or up to a few meters wide. Sometimes climbing them is easy and fun, other times it feels like torture. :)

There are more than 200 short sport routes of various difficulties (from 3 to F8b+) and some 150 bolted multi-pitch routes in the similar range of difficulties but up to 350 meters high! Officially, there is somewhat less than 50 traditionally protected multi-pitch routes but rest assure there is more if you just ask. ;-) Climbers can find their way around in no-time thanks to an EXCELLENT GUIDEBOOK.

Non-climbers can still test themselves on many EASIER ROUTES under our instruction and care for safety, all climbing equipment provided. We offer an introductory sport climbing course for those who would like to learn more, a short refresher course for the rusty as well as an advanced multi-pitch course for experienced sport climbers.

For an interesting historical overview of climbing in Paklenica as well as basic info on how to get here, when to come, where to stay and what to climb check out our on-line climbing guidebook.

About accommodation

Paklenica apartments Of course, you don't have to take a course if you just need a place to stay. In Paklenica we offer you accommodation in our guest house – hospitality and logistic support unmatched. We will happily advise you on your hiking plans, where to rent a bike, how to go whitewater rafting or seakayaking, bungee jumping, take a boat ride to NP Kornati, visit NP Krka...

Also, if you are an experienced climber and share our passion but have never climbed in Paklenica before, we can help you choose the best and most beautiful climbs, steer you away from suspected crowds or warn you of a particular hard-graded route. Here you will always find the latest climbing guidebook at your disposal. So get ready for the best climbing holiday you ever had!

Multi-pitch sport climbing in Paklenica We love climbing in Paklenica...

Sport climbing in Paklenica (Photo by Ines Grbić) Relaxing on short sport routes...

Teaching climbing in Paklenica (photo by Rene Lisac) Teaching climbing...

Velika Paklenica - the main canyon Walking through Velika Paklenica...

Mala Paklenica - take a walk on the wild side Scrambling through Mala Paklenica...

The cliffs of Velika Paklenica Enjoying the views...

Highly featured rock faces The best quality limestone rock...

Paklenica climbing guide Routes of all types and difficulties...

Accommodation in Starigrad Paklenica Rooms and apartments on the spot...

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