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Kompanj sport climbing in Istria, Croatia



During the last couple of years one of the most popular climbing areas in Croatia’s Istria region is Kompanj, close to Buzet. Kompanj is one of the most important crags in the area, both in terms of number and quality of the routes. Facing south, on good weekends in winter this area is so popular that it can sometimes even be overcrowded.

Kompanj is not an old crag. Local climbers somehow overlooked its potential for years and concentrated their effort on other crags that, nowadays, have become less popular. The history of Kompanj is interesting: Austrian climber and filmmaker Leo Baumgartner visited Istria and, in particular, the Buzet area while scouting for a location to film Perfume, the movie based on the bestselling book by German writer Patrick Süskind. Baumgartner fell in love with the village Roč and ever since then he has been a regular visitor and important driving force in the discovery of new crags close to Roč and Buzet. Leo and his friends have put a lot of work and effort into Kompanj, preparing the paths and bolting the routes. All job is done with love and care and all the climbs are perfectly bolted.

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