This is your second time in Adršpach this year… that means you’ve spent more time here than the average Czech climber… Where do you go après-climbing?
Tošovák pub is quite a special place. It has a nice atmosphere. They also have good food in Qádr. Or I spend the night at the campsite, sometimes at my friend’s place in Zdonov…
Are you able to find specific towers in Adršpach – without help from your Czech friends?
Yes, I can find a few near the campsite or near the tracks. Everything else is a labyrinth though that I get completely lost in. I can usually find the King and the Queen in the ‘City’ area and other dominant features like the Town Hall.
Is there any particular route that you remember more vividly than any other?
There are too many of those. I can’t name even one actually. You’ve actually hit what Adršpach means to me: there’s just a bunch of quality routes. That’s the truth! (Laughing) In all the other world-class climbing areas you have a few king-lines, but here you have so many! (“Not many people would agree with that,” says Kajá Nováček) “Those people are wrong!” laughs Sean.
Would you be interested in doing some kind of project here that would be at your limits? Or doing a first ascent?
Yes, I like the challenge that Kája did a few years back – doing all the routes on the Town Hall in a day. That sounds very hard and very appealing. (Laughing) I hope that someday I’ll feel ready for it. I know I am not right now at least – I still have a lot to learn in the offwidths. But I like it and I think it’s a fun challenge. I think that would be a good day’s climbing. (Laughing)
“I would be tempted to try all the routes on the Town Hall in a day.“
You would need a committed partner for something like that… have you got one?
Of course! (He glances at Kája who waves his hand, signalling never again) (Sean starts having a fit of laughter) What about Vojta, (Vojta Přibyl, who climbed “Heavy Shackles“) has he tried it? He would be a good partner. I should start training though.
If Adšpach has all of these king-lines that you keep mentioning, why haven’t we met anyone else today?
I don’t understand it. It’s probably because you locals keep it a secret for yourselves. (Laughing) You’re so selfish, you just want to hoard it and not let anyone else in. Well too bad because I’m going to tell the world that this is one of the best areas… (Laughing)
Seriously though, this place is very special. There are many lifetimes-worth of climbing. I’ve been in lots of other areas, sport and trad but they don’t have the same… (thinking) how to define it? I was in Greece this year in the spring – super, great climbing, lovely routes. But there was something missing.
Do you perhaps mean the ‘depth’, that the climbing has here?
Yes. The adventures are so much more enthralling. And the lines are just: “Wow!”