Climbing "Križice" is located on the south side of the island in area called Križice above the sea with fantastic views of the open sea and islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis. Although the rocks is above the sea, the routes are not right until the surface of the sea, because approximately 4m above the surface there is a shelves on which one can stand. There is also a "handrail" (fixed rope) by which one can access the routs from lower side and it also serves as a fixed point for self-protection of a climber who supports a partner.
10 min bx car, 20 min walking
From the center of Grohote next to a large water reservoir go straight on gravel road to the south (starting signposts leading to the parking lot), by the water reservoir take right then take left on the first and second crossroads, keep straight to end of the road and widening. There is enough room to turn the car and parking for two to three cars, and it is also possible to leave the car fifty meters before reaching this widening. The gravel road is of a very good quality and it is wide enough for any car. The distance between asphalt (center Grohote) and the parking lot is around 3.5 km.
Continue to follow large dry stone wall to the left and at the stone houses with collapsed roof and a cistern turn right. Here begin tags in the form of stone cones and marks in red on the rocks and trees. The trail winds through a labyrinth of stone walls and stone paths generally to the south, partly crossing through a decimated meadow and low vegetation, It further continues with stone walls again until reaching the edge of the rocks. There is a very nice "zen" tree with beautiful shelf of pine needles and grass in the shade of a large stone wall for a rest.
Here are some characteristic GPS coordinates:
Parking N 43° 22′ 19” E 16° 16′ 34”
Turning off the main road (by the stone house) N 43° 22′ 15” E 16° 16′ 40”
The large stone wall before descending to the meadow N 43° 22′ 10” E 16° 16′ 40”
The rock N 43° 22′ 3” E 16° 16′ 37”
CAUTION! It is possible for local olive growers to take down the stone cones or to cover up the marks on the stone wall, which is why extra caution is needed when choosing the path!
At the edge of the rocks there are red cones and arrow on the rock and the marks next to the prepared anchorages to "descend" (descent rope) to enter the routes. There is also prepared a fixed rope from the tree to the upper anchorage direction no. 1 to access from above directions 1-3, and short fix rope to access direction no. 9, which can be climbed or one can go down to the bottom "rails".
To descend from the upper anchorages to the bottom of the rock 60m of a rope is enough.
ABOUT THE ROCK
- South oriented, 20 m height, mildly overhanging to vertical
- Rock width is 40 meters, high quality limestone, vertical or slightly overhanging (about 2m on 20m height)
- Handler are very diverse: tiles, flow stone, holes ...
- Orientation: south-southwest
- The possibility of climbing: throughout the year, due to the southern exposure in the summer is too hot during the day. It is fully protected from the northern wind, and the strong south wind blows only in the highest part, since its shape of an amphitheater protects from wind the lower and central part of the rock. After the rain grips dry quickly.
Height is 20m, for some even 12 sets are necessary
1. Maslinica 4
2. As mintas 6b
3. gornje selo 7b
4. TZ Grohote 6c
5. G. Mladen je profesor dobar 7a+/b
6. Izvoiš timi 7a
7. Šoltanka 6a+
8. Buharica 5c
9. Hlače s mirisom ružmarina 4
Climbing can be life and health threatening activity,therefore it is necessary to comply with all security measures and to climb on your own risk.
Designer of the routes guarantees that for the equipment the material of the highest quality has been used and it is suitable for extremely harsh conditions (stainless steel). Also, they have respected all safety standards for the development of routes set by the Commission for climbing of Croatian Mountaineering Association and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service.