Petzl Roctrip 2014

“Roctripers” gather around the main square of the historic thermal town of Baile Herculane in south Romania, for the opening of this years Petzl Roctrip.

The first leg of a six week adventure across Eastern Europe has now begun, and here is movie of the first episode.

The second country on the 2014 Petzl RocTrip, Bulgaria reveals a land of contrasts. Whether it was the climbing or the weather, the base camp in Vratsa delivered it all. RocTrippers who came looking for adventure received even more than they bargained for. As the second base camp in Bulgaria, the stopover in Karlukovo will remain deeply engraved in everyone’s memory: first, by the power and the strangeness of the area; second, by the lightning fast visit of the “king” himself, Chris Sharma; and third by the good vibes, camaraderie, and overall enthusiasm.

The 2014 Petzl RocTrip caravan stopped over in Prilep, Republic of Macedonia. Between dark clouds and sunny skies, RocTrippers were granted a rare and privileged experience, being some of the first to sample one of the most beautiful bouldering areas in all of Europe.

What a fascinating stopover in Meteora… While traveling through Greece, the 2014 Petzl RocTrip altered the spacetime continuum. From October 1 to 6, surrounded by six-hundred year old hermit dwellings, RocTrippers enjoyed out-of-this-world climbing.

Bafa Lake, an ocean of problems… The fields of granite and gneiss boulders that have rolled down from Mount Atmos spread as far as the eye can see around the village of Kapikiri. Bafa Lake, once a gulf of the Aegean Sea until it was filled by sediment from the Meander River, sheltered the Port of Heraclea. From lakeside wilderness campground, climbers can go off in search of fantastic problems in a spectacular setting.

From October 14 to 19, the 2014 Petzl RocTrip embalmed itself in mythology. By closing out the tour in the ancient region of Olympos, Turkey, it went all out for the grand finale. From deep-water soloing to the chimera’s flame, by way of archeological marvels and nights at 150 bpm, RocTrippers played in perfect harmony with the earth, air, water, and fire!

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