Friday, May 11, 2007

Trinity Rocks – Bulgarian Climbing

The north central Bulgarian limestone crag is over one kilometer wide with hundreds of bolted routes (some of the routes are up to 80 meters tall) according to the Trinity Rocks Farm website The rock seems to have plenty of juggy overhanging goodness and vertical climbing, but it’s hard to tell what the rock quality is like from the pictures.

Beyond the views, it seems there is a bit of history in the area as well with a 14th century convent located near the central area of the cliff band. As far as accommodations go, it appears there is affordable and conveniently located cottages for rent as well as camping. The crag is also near a university town, Veliko Turnovo. “Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest settlements in Bulgaria, having a history of more than 5 millennia,” according to Wikipedia. There also appears to be plenty to do at Trinity Rocks to occupy rest days and tons of water for swimming or fishing.

I have been in contact with Cliff and his wife Morag who seem like solid folks that are running one of the accommodations out there. You can check them out on Myspace (link below) to get more info on accommodations and things to do. They also seem to be largely responsible for the development in the area and are actually offering a few climbers free accommodation in exchange for route setting and help around the accommodations.

Here’s Cliff’s add:
Climbers needed to work for Board and lodgings.
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Trinity Rocks Farm Accommodation.

Climbers needed. climbing routes and writing notes, bolting new routes on virgin rock and a bit of work on the Accommodation centre. free board and lodgings. limited numbers obviously.

Contact me through:

If you’ve had any first hand experiences with Trinity Rocks or have any beta on the climbing there please leave a comment or email me with more info:

Trinity Rocks Website:
Cliff’s Myspace:

1 comment:

BT said...

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the most amazing cities I have ever seen and the hills and mountains that surround the city are what made it what it is today.

I have heard many accounts about this wonderful place, but it is refreshing to hear a new perspective from someone interested in climbing Veliko Tarnovos historic mountains