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Georgia rockclimbing

 Rockclimbing programs and sightseeing in Georgia - Tbilisi, Chiatura, Sveri, Vardzia

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Rock climbing in Georgia in spring
Rock climbing in Georgia in autumn

The spread of the popularity of rockclimbing around the world did not pass by a small, but very beautiful and infinitely fertile country - Georgia. It would be strange to think that in the most mountainous, proud, fertile and abundant country of the South Caucasus there would not be a place for this sport.

Amazing moment - flowering poppy fields in Georgia in spring

Old-timers say that it is enough for a flowering garden to appear in Georgia, one flying bird is enough to drop a random seed, deciding to relieve itself in flight.

Something like this happened with rockclimbing in Georgia - of course, not literally, no one was shitting from the air in the area of the botanical garden in Tbilisi - everything bloomed beautifully there without additional fertilizers!

Rockclimbing training in Tbilisi Botanical Garden

And the rocks of the Botanical Garden were mastered by rockclimbers - mountaineers from the immemorial Soviet times of long ago. But for a real breakthrough and the onset of the "golden era" of rockclimbing, an "engine" was needed. And it was found in the form of my good friend Guga Dabrundashvili – a good person who is selflessly devoted to the idea of rockclimbing and laid the most reliable foundation for the development and prosperity of rockclimbing in Georgia.

Guga warms up on an easy climbing route in Katskhi 

Thanks to the efforts of this one true enthusiast, rockclimbing in Georgia was firmly set on its feet and given the opportunity to develop into what it has became in Europe long tome ago. A popular type of hobby and outdoor activity, an exciting and safe outdoor sport, as well as in the format of a small, but interesting and very necessary business.

At rockclimbing training in Sveri, Georgia

The potential of the territory of Georgia for the development of rockclimbing is quite large. This mountainous country has an incredible mass of advantages and opportunities, both for rockclimbing and for its "senior" activity - for mountaineering. Despite the fact that mountaineering in Georgia has a huge historical base and is inextricably linked with the world history of this sport, rockclimbing in Georgia has lagged behind in development.

The cave city of Vardzia is the abode of the ancient rockclimbers of Georgia

But everything has its time - I have no doubt that in the foreseeable historical future, hospitable Georgia will become a "second home" for numerous fans and just lovers of conquering the rocky verticals. Today, rockclimbing is quite popular in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, both among the local residents and for many foreign tourists visiting Georgia during their holidays.

At the rockclimbing training at the climbing wall in Tbilisi

Of the climbing opportunities of the city, I can note the presence of several quite decent indoor rockclimbing gyms, an interesting natural climbing sector in the Botanical Garden of Tbilisi - a small, but very cozy and popular. Also some long bolted routes equipped with holds can be climbed on the "Monument" - although artificial climbing site, but allowing interesting opportunities of climbing in the fresh air and enjoying the view of Tbilisi, especially from a height of 40 meters.

Monument - 40 meter stele equipped for rock climbing in Tbilisi

Outside of Tbilisi, there are obvious areas in Georgia that are already quite developed in terms of rockclimbing, some with basic infrastructure for comfortable stay and additional activities. For example, Chiatura and Sveri - these locations have grown into completely independent and self-sufficient areas for rockclimbing in the format of more than one day. The number of routes and their diversity in categories makes visiting these locations interesting for rockclimbers of various levels of training.

Rockclimbing in Katskhi, Georgia 

And the presence of the related activities - via ferrata, caves, historical monuments (this is Georgia!) - allows people to easily schedule their stay in Georgia in the format of a multi-day rockclimbing training trip.

Immersion in the color of rural life in the Georgian province, combining interesting excursions and trips to the natural and historical sights – that is a good opportunity to spend interesting and useful time both for enthusiastic rockclimbers and for a much wider range of lovers of active and exciting recreation, with elements of sports and " extreme".

Rock climbing in Kutaisi, the effect of excess khinkali 

In the country of khinkali and wine abundance, rockclimbing has found fertile ground in order to take root, germinate and bear the first fruits. Now you can fully enjoy these fruits - like all over the world, the rockclimbing community of Georgia is an international, open to everyone, friendly and very positive society.

The biggest danger for a rock climber is in Georgia. Predatory khinkali. +1 grade in climbing category 

Unfortunately, Georgia today had to be excluded from our rockclimbing schedule due to the unstable political situation and the growing criminal activity. But I believe that troubled times will end and we will enjoy again the friendliness and hospitality of the most beautiful and unique country of South Caucasus - Georgia, or Sakartvelo, as the name of this country sounds in the language of its inhabitants.

Impenetrable fortress on top of a cliff 

The author of the text, photos and climbing programs in Georgia - Alex Trubachev


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From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

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Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

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The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.