HCO 2018


Herculane Climbing Open 17th edition
13th-16th September 2018, Cerna Valley

3 days of climbing, 30 routes for Open and Masters categories, movies with and about climbers, yoga and chill zone.

That’s all happening from 13th-16th September, the weekend you should book for Herculane Climbing Open. This, the 17th edition of the festival, is powered by CS Alternative and One Move Timisoara, with the support of The Romanian Alpinism and Climbing Federation and the Baile Herculane City Hall.

About Herculane Climbing Open

From humble beginnings in 2002 our climbing competition has grown, over sixteen years, into what is celebrated today as a full-on festival: Herculane Climbing Open. In recent years, sport climbing has gained in popularity among Romanians, increasing the number of enthusiasts in Romania and hence the number of eager participants at Herculane Climbing Open.

HCO is the premier sport climbing event in the country and brings together athletes, from both Romania and abroad, in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the country. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 HCO hosted the National Rock Climbing Championship. And in 2010 an honored guest at the festival was double World Champion, Tomas Mrazek.

The Cerna Valley offers, besides the beauty of the place, an impressive variety of cliffs suitable for sport climbing and multi pitch, and therefore it’s very important to protect the area. We encourage visiting with respect and climbing in an environmentally friendly way, so that we can preserve the natural environment as much as possible.


Magnolia, one of the many cliffs opened for climbing in Cerna Valley, will host the 17th edition of the HCO festival.

The Open category will offer new routes but also the chance to try some of the old ones. There will be no ranking for this category. However, the participants will be rewarded by a raffle.

The Masters will compete for cash prizes. This category will have separate routes for men and women, in a new cave area opened for this year’s festival. There will be an award for each route, the amount being equally divided among those who successfully complete that route.

More details about climbing rules can be found here.


Herculane Climbing Open 2018 will commence on Thursday, September 13th, when participants will collect their participation kits. Over the following days, the program will offer a selection of activities – climbing, of course, but also movies, yoga workshops, slacklines, and relaxing massage sessions – until the weekend finally peaks with an award ceremony and a much anticipated party.

Area Development

With the help of volunteers and the HCO festival, which opened up new climbing areas with each edition, the Cerna Valley has gradually developed as a destination for climbing. By 2014, the area had become noticeable on the international map for climbers. The caravan of the world’s most important climbing festival – Petzl Rock Trip – had its start here in the Cerna Valley. In the years since, the number of foreign athletes coming to Romania for the Cerna Valley has increased considerably.

The year 2018 marks another important moment in the development of the area. The best climber in the world, Adam Ondra, for a Czech National TV project, has selected the Cerna Valley as a location for shooting scenes of sport climbing and Eastern European lifestyle.


• 16 editions
• 13 climbing zones open
• 500 new climbing routes
• 3 editions as host of the National Sport Climbing Championship
• 2010 – World Champion at HCO – Thomas Mrazek, CZE
• 2014 – partnership with Petzl RocTrip – the largest international climbing festival
• 2014 – the first printed guide of the Cerna Valley climbing routes
• 2018 – Czech National TV makes a series of films about sport climbing and Eastern European lifestyle, starring Adam Ondra, today’snumber-one climber



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For more details, please contact us through our colleagues:
Adrian Margea – 0723 007 563; mail: adi.margea@gmail.com
Andrei Simu – 0722 599 386; mail: office@alternativetm.ro
Daniela Hogea – 0762 616 046; mail: dani.hogea@gmail.com