Ortel is phonolite (clinkstone) hill, 554 m high, in the North of the Czech Republic. Ortel is small climbing area, but is very popular for very nice rock climbing.
How to find the crags
In the North of the Czech Republic between small villages Sloup v Čechách and Lindava you will find very nice local climbing area Ortel. See below the road map.
Turning from the high road to forest route: 50°44′38.13″N, 14°37′19.55″E
Rocks: 50°44′51.53″N, 14°37′49.24″E
Protection of bolts and safety
All routes have a lot of new bolts. You will need only 7 quickdraws.
Crags are on the south-facing slope. After rain rocks are very fast dry. There is good climbing in early spring and all autumn.
Where to sleep
You can camp in the forest next Ortel hill. There is free camping, but you can not make a fire. In the nearest towns Nový Bor and Sloup v Čechách are many hotels.
Advantages of Ortel
+ Crags are on the south-facing slope, you can climb in the winter
+ Good route access
+ Good protection - new bolts
Mainly Elbe Valley (Labské údolí) with a thousands of sandstones crags.
Rocks on the Slavíček hill (Svojkov, Sloup v Čechách).
Next local areas with lesser climbing value : Radvanec crags (bouldering), Milštejn, Jelení skok, Skalka Tower in Nový Bor, Rousínov, Kamenický Šenov, Sosnová.
More information about these areas http://cs.euroclimbing.com (only in the Czech language)
Ortel – right massif
- Probably the best climbing on Ortel. See details of this massif with lines below.
Ortel – Vana Tower
- Very nice tower.
Ortel – left massif
- Left massif is overhanging crag and has difficult routes.
- RIGHT MASSIF
List of routes
1. Bolavé lýtka 7-
2. Anonymita autora 7
3. Šibenice 7+
4. Jarní zážeh 7
5. Koutová cesta 4
6. Kindergarten 5
7. Znělcové lepičky 7
8. Tvrdá patka 8-
9. No Longer 8+/9-
- LEFT MASSIF
List of routes (from the left to right)
1. Orange punge 6
2. Galuska 7
3. Pieta 8
4. Sodomie 9-/9
Left massif - overhanging crag
Info & guide by Jakub Měkota (Miki)