Bala Bala: Klemen Bečan’s Hard First Ascents in Slovenia's Osp Cave

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The short film “Bala Bala” tells the story of Klemen Bečan and his contributions to Slovenian climbing at the Osp cave, a massive steep-limestone paradise, loaded with drippy tufas. The hardest routes of Osp are found at Pajkova streha, which means “spider’s roof.” Since 2007, Bečan has bolted seven popular lines here, including two of the hardest routes in Slovenia, Halupca 1979 and Water World, both 9a/5.14d. His efforts culminated in the namesake route of the film: Bala Bala, a 180-meter multipitch route which climbs up the steep route, out onto the face above, and then continues to the top of the wall. Bečan graded Bala Bala, which he called the last logical line in the cave, 8b/5.13d

For more on Osp, read a feature about Slovenian climbing in the upcoming November issue of Climbing Magazine. Subscribe here: print | digital.