Sandstone rocks are a magnet for rock climbing lovers. These are in particular the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks (Adršpašsko-teplické skály), Křížový vrch, Bischofstein – Jirásek’s Rocks, Góry Stolowe, Ostaš and the Broumovské stěny.
Mountain climbing is permitted to climbers registered with the Czech Mountaineering Association or UIAA member organisations, and only in designed rock areas or under the supervision of a climbing school instructor!
For their natural values, sandstone areas have been declared national natural preserves. Rock climbing is completely prohibited or time-limited in some parts of the rock towns.
A few basic rules for rock-climbing on sandstone rocks:
- specific locations for rock-climbing can be found on the Czech Rock-climbing Federation website skaly.horosvaz.cz, the Broumovsko PLA website www.broumovsko.ochranaprirody.cz,
- on and in the vicinity of the climbing rocks you should behave in such a way that the natural environment is not damaged,
- use the marked walking paths or dedicated access paths to access the climbing rocks,
- do not disturb nesting birds,
- only climb on dry rocks and in soft-soled boots,
- do not use securing equipment which damages the rock (climbing nuts, friends, pitons, etc.,
- do not damage or modify the surface of the rock (scraping the rock while manipulating the rope, cutting out handles, damaging honeycomb weathering etc.),
- within the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks and the Broumovské stěny National Nature Reserves, the use of chalk or other chemical agents is forbidden.