This page is dedicated to my climbing life.
Smíchoff is the only gym in Prague that I frequent, since it is (in my opinion) the best one, so the vast majority of the clips are going to be from here. People are nice, prices are student-friendly and boulders are frequently changed, so it’s a perfect place to be.
The following is a map of the entire bouldering section, separated into sections, with one being rebuilt every two weeks.
The following contains my climbing diary – how many new/old boulders have I done (and links to them). It also serves as a convenient way to view the most recently sent boulders.
Since there there are some other walls that I visit from time to time (mostly thanks to some of my friends), here is the list of icons that you might see in the journal entries:
The format for sport climbing (which there isn’t a whole lot of at the moment but soon will be) is Name (difficulty, style), left-to-right from when it was climbed.
Update (4.7.2022): I’ve been feeling quite burnt-out and unsatisfied with my level of climbing for a while now and have mostly been recording videos out of inertia. I’m going to stop doing so for a while and just focus on climbing well, until I feel better and have the motivation to continue.
14. 8. 2022 (at ): 5 2 6 4
Felt pretty happy with my climbing today. I'm not as strong as I'd like to be but still managed to climb a few difficult routes.
- Dodo (5b, onsight)
- Thyimianriss (5c, onsight)
- Max (5c, onsight)
The routes were pretty and relaxing, I'm quite happy 🙂.
- Via Claudia (4b, onsight)
- Elefantenhaut (6a, onsight)
- Ribok (6a, onsight)
- No pain no gain (5c+, redpoint)
Third day felt great, all the climbs felt good and were really beautiful. I also got revenge on the route I didn't onsight on the second day, it felt great.
- No pain no gain (5c+, onsight, resting)
- Sabinaka (5a, onsight)
- Se kleine problem (4c, onsight)
Second day, I was a little bummed to not onsight a 5c+, but the only difficult part of the route was very difficult to read, resulting in resting. The rest of the routes were quite easy.
- Bizi Hypo (5a, redpoint)
- Andrea (5c, redpoint)
- ? (5a?, onsight)
- Birdie (6c+, top rope)
First day of my trip to Croatia, managed to redpoint a few easier routes that I've climbed before, but also top roped a difficult one which I'm pretty stoked about.
28. 7. 2022 (at ): 6 3 2/3
Again felt pretty weak, but managed to climb most of the new routes (besides yellows, which are again stupidly difficult).
15. 7. 2022 (at ): 1
A slower day (felt pretty weak) but made progress on the last blue from the new set and tried a few of the new yellows, at least one of which I feel is doable (not sure about the others).
13. 7. 2022 (at ): 4 4 6
Pretty fun session. The new routes are well built and appropriately difficult for their grade, which I haven't seen for quite a while. I also ticked off a difficult slab from zone 1, which is neat!
6. 7. 2022 (at ): 2 1/1
A fun session with my SO. Managed to send one of the blues from the previous setting and made progress on others with some cheeky beta.
4. 7. 2022 (at ): 2/1 1 3 3
Today was a surprisingly good day! I ticked of quite a few of the new yellows, all of the new blues and am looking forward to finishing some harder routes that I've missed in the previous settings.
Had a pretty bad day. I climbed poorly and felt weak, which is likely due to how infrequently I've been climbing for the past month.
15. 6. 2022 (at ): 4
I won another Smíchoff boulder challenge! I only missed 2 yellows from the new setting (one of which is literally impossible), so I'm pretty happy! I'm a little sad about the format change, since it was enough to only climb the most of the hardest difficulty and nothing else, meaning that I only climbed 4 difficult boulders.
The sprained ankle is pretty ok now. Technique was awful this session despite this – most of the routes were pretty easy, and I climbed them all very poorly. The last blue and the two remaining yellows will be a challenge, we'll see how they go.
Third session with the sprained ankle. It still feels weird to climb with it, but I managed to make very good progress on some of the yellows from the last setting, along with finishing the remaining salmons.
23. 5. 2022 (at ): 2 3
The second Smíchoff session with the sprained ankle. Felt pretty okay, managed to climb the rest of non-yellows from the last set (except two, had no strength left).
The first Smíchoff session with the sprained ankle. Managed to climb some blues and salmons, but still felt pretty bad.
I had a pretty bad session, because I managed to sprain my ankle, so yey!
3. 5. 2022 (at ):
Not really sure what I did, I think that I just climbed random stuff for fun.
Had a fun session. Managed to do one of the yellows, which is neat - 3 more to go!
One of the routes were slightly adjusted and one entirely rebuilt, so I rerecorded both. Additionally, there were three new salmons that I didn't try before, all of which I did (sadly my recording equipment died so only one is recorded). I made progress on some of the yellows that I haven't done, but they will be tough.
The new routes are neat! All of the ones easier than the yellows are a bit too easy and went mostly on first and second tries. I think that some of the yellows will be very quite difficult, as I managed to only send 2/6 this session (but make good progress on some of the others).
14. 4. 2022 (at ): 1 
Managed to do the one in the 45 that I said I'd do! It took quite a while and it was barely enough, but a send is a send. Let's see how the next set will look like.
10. 4. 2022 (at ): 2 3 3 1
Started working on the one in the 45 and also on the jump from the previous setting (which I found a new beta for). Felt pretty weak so didn't climb anything new.
The blue in the 45 was modified so I'm counting it as a new climb, since it got harder. Besides this, I managed to send the two remaining salmons on my first attempt and am now trying to piece together the yellows. I think that one of them will go (likely the one in the 45), while the other will be a bit too difficult for me. I also climbed the comp-style boulder in the back, which was fun!
The new set is nice! The salmons are much tougher than the blues, but they're doable. Only two salmons remain, but they will definitely go down next session.
3. 4. 2022 (at ):
I figured out a functional beta for one of the two yellows from the previous setting after about an hour, so I didn't have the strength to do it. Next time!
2. 4. 2022 (at ): 1 5 2
Went to Boulder Bar with a friend to do a moonboarding session, only to find out that there was a youth bouldering competition and that the moonboard is inaccessible. The session was still a lot of fun despite this 🙂.
I honestly don't really remember what I did, only that I got the videos of the routes from the previous setting that I climbed but didn't record.
27. 3. 2022 (at ):
Went to Mandala in Dresen today and it was absolutely great! There was a competition yesterday so I had a chance of trying both the qualification and the finals boulders – they were tough but I did manage to get 80/100 on one of the final ones (not trying the other two for too long), which I'm quite proud of.
Went to climb early in the morning (6:30!) so my performance was not the best. Despite this, I managed to record almost all of the new routes I climbed already. Update: I went climbing for the second time in the evening, finishing up the easier yellow from the last set.
23. 3. 2022 (at ): 9 6/4 7/2 6
Competed in the Smíchoff boulder challenge today and won! I'm very happy with my performance, not being able to climb only 3 yellows and 1 blue (that is as hard as a yellow). Note that I'm counting the ones that I did on Monday as new if they were changed between then and today.
21. 3. 2022 (at ): 4 4 4 1 
New routes are cool, if somewhat difficult (at least the blue ones). Out of the yellows, only one is doable – the other two are very tough. I also sent the yellow that I mentioned last entry, which is a nice bonus!
18. 3. 2022 (at ): 2 1 6
I fell from the top of one of the remaining yellows twice today! It was quite motivating, since I thought that I had absolutely no chance, but I apparently do! I'll hopefully send it on Sunday/Monday.
I had no idea that I would be able to do both of the remaining yellows from the previous setting yet here were are! I found easier beta for both, so they were quite doable. Really looking forward to the new boulders!
Today was again great! I unexpectedly climbed two new yellows – one in the 45 and one from the previous setting. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to climb any more new routes until next setting, since the remaining ones are truly difficult.
The new set is great! Most of the yellows were quite easy, only two remain (one of which I'm confident will go). I will give them some attempts on Friday and we'll see how it goes.
A pretty ok session. I did the remaining blues and salmons, so now only three yellows remain. They're all tough, so I'll see whether I'll be able to do any of them. I also remembered that there is one yellow from the previous session that I came very close to finishing, so I'll give that one a shot too.
I took a bit of a longer break due to school-related deadlines, but I'll hopefully get back to climbing three times a week now. I felt really strong and managed to send one of the new yellows, but the two remaining ones still seem quite hard. Besides this, I'm still missing two tricky salmons and one blue, which I should hopefully finish next session.
22. 2. 2022 (at ): 4 2 5 2
The new routes are quite nice! There are three tricky salmons that I haven't done but am confident I will be able to do. Out of the new yellows, two were super easy and the rest seem very doable. Only one blue remains and it should also go. I sadly forgot my recording equipment again, so I'll record the routes next time.
20. 2. 2022 (at ):
I made great progress on the yellow in the 45, which I'm stoked about (I thought it was impossible). I fell 1 hold from the top like 4 times in a row but I'm confident that I'll climb it soon™.
A fun session with my sister and Lukas. I got the two recordings of the last blues that I haven't done (although both are a bit scuffed, since I didn't control top as well as I should have, but the beta is there).
I haven't been able to send either of the blue rebuilt boulders, nor the new yellows (although some progress has been made).
8. 2. 2022 (at ): 5 4 3
New boulders! I felt decently strong, so I managed to all of the new salmons and blues (besides one, which will be made easier so there is no point in climbing it now). The new yellows will be tough, but I think that at least two should go (in time). I also forgot the tripod, so I'll have to record them next time – however, I just found out that the smaller tripod that I got with the camera will actually be much better for recording, as it is much more compact and probably stable enough.
3. 2. 2022 (at ): 2 3 3/1 1 
Second session after going through Covid. I felt pretty weak, but still managed to climb one of the three yellows from the new set and the last unclimbed blue (lost the video though, will need to re-record it next session). I'm confident that one of the remaining two will go, but the other one seems insane.
First session after going through Covid. I felt pretty okay, but my technique was a bit off and my strength/endurance was worse than before. Luckily, most of the new routes are relatively easy (besides the new yellows, all of which are quite difficult).
22. 1. 2022 (at ): 1/5 1
The Jungle comp section kicked my ass. It was mostly my fault, since I didn't warm up properly, got pumped and climbed poorly. I still managed to climb some new routes!
18. 1. 2022 (at ): 3 3 6 2
The shoulder felt a bit sore, so I'm not up to 100% of my power. Unsurprisingly, the last remaining yellow from the previous set didn't go down, despite a few attempts. I did manage to link the yellow in the overhang, which was a bit surprising, but linking it will be tough and, since they're taking it down in a few days, likely undoable.
16. 1. 2022 (at ): 4 4 5 5
I practiced the last remaining yellow from the previous set, but sadly managed to pull something in my shoulder (since the crux move is a huge shoulder press). I'll refrain from trying this one for a bit.
14. 1. 2022 (at ): 1 2 4 2/1 
One of the last yellows went down. It wasn't the one I thought it would be, though – I skipped the crux on the impossible yellow because I'm tall. I think the other one will be doable, but it's much harder than I anticipated – the top is very much not free.
The new climbs are all quite easy (like a grade easier than they should be) – most videos are flash attempts. However, the remaining two yellows will be a bit tough – one should go down next session, but the other seems quite impossible (when Danny says it's hard, it's likely impossible).
7. 1. 2022 (at ):
An interesting climbing gym. The type of climbing is quite oldschool (so not my cup of tea), but still a nice change of pace.
6. 1. 2022 (at ): 1 2 2 4
Went climbing with a few of my friends (tried sport climbing too), so I didn't climb too hard. No new routes, just some repeats.
5. 1. 2022 (at ): 4 1 1  3
The session not bad! I managed to do the last blue (and boulder) from the previous build, and found a functional beta for the yellow that I previously thought would be too hard in zone 8.
3. 1. 2022 (at ): 1 1 1
I climbed very poorly. However, I did manage to improve on the remaining yellow one and discover a very nice beta break on the last blue from the previous rebuild, which will go down next time (it is very, very powerful).
Managed to do the hard salmon and two of the three leftover yellows. Only one remains, but I've got a feeling that it will be very difficult...
New boulders! The blues were not too hard and neither most of the salmons (besides one, which is a yellow). I also did half of the new yellows and figured out beta for the remaining 3, so they will hopefully go down on Saturday.
27. 12. 2021 (at ): V5: 1 V6: 2 V7: 12 V10: 1
Tried another new wall called Třináctka (thanks, Lucas!). It was quite nice, but definitely not as good (and cheap) as Smíchoff, nor as high-quality as Jungle (namely its competitive section).
22. 12. 2021 (at ): 3 7 4
Went to Jungle Letňany today and it was quite refreshing! Their comp section was quite exciting but difficult, I did two blue ones, but I know I can do better than that.
20. 12. 2021 (at ): 2 1 2
The last blue is tough. I found a cheeky beta that is very dynamic and skips the hardest moves, but is very low-percentage. Will try to do it next time.
Climbed more than I thought I would! I finished all of the new yellows, so only one blue remains (I finished the tough red too). Besides this, I managed to do the salmon double dyno from the set before this one, which was a nice surprise.
Decent session. Managed to get all new salmons and almost all blues (one is quite hard). Also, one of the remaining yellows will definitely go. This, however, cannot be said for the last red that I haven't yet done, since it's as hard as a blue.
11. 12. 2021 (at ):
Went to Boulder bar with a few friends. It was a pretty nice change, but I'm eager to go back to Smíchoff soon. Coincidentally, Adam Ondra was just visiting Prague and was at the boulder bar. It was very humbling and inspiring seeing him flash all my red projects... still a long way to go.
8. 12. 2021 (at ): 3 3 3 1 
A little better than the previous one. I managed to climb one of the yellows from the last setting with an alternative beta – the send attempt looked a bit sketchy, but it felt much more stable than jumping.
6. 12. 2021 (at ):
Bad session. I don't even know what I climbed and felt super weak the entire time.
4. 12. 2021 (at ): 2 1 4
Not great, not terrible. I didn't manage to do any of the boulders that I set out to, but they'll go next time.
Pretty good session. I made some real progress on the easiest yellow, which should hopefully go down next session. There is one salmon and one blue remaining, but both are very hard (maybe like a yellow).
The new routes are quite a bit harder than the previous set. Nevertheless, it went pretty well, considering that I had a bit of a break from climbing (although I did miss one journal entry from a week ago because nothing interesting happened).
17. 11. 2021 (at ): 5/5 6/5 6/4 4/3
There was a rebuild on Monday and a boulder challenge today. It went surprisingly well – I climbed all of the new boulders that were easier than yellows (which I'm very happy about, since my endurance is quite poor), and three of the new yellows, ending in the 2nd place, only a few points after the insanely strong Lukáš Mokroluský. There are two other hard yellows that I think I can finish next session, and a new long-term project yellow.
I found an awesome new beta for the yellow jump from the last build and managed to do it today. Now I really don't know what to work on. Luckily, there will be new boulders on Monday.
10. 11. 2021 (at ): 1 1/1 2 2/1 
As I said, both the yellow in the 45 and the salmon one (which I sadly forgot to record) went down. Now I'm not really sure what to work on, everything else seems quite impossible...
I spent the session trying the last salmon, which is actually pretty hard. I'll get it next time, I've got the beta down (but didn't have the strength to link it). I also figured out better beta for the one in 45 and managed to link it, I'm very confident in sending it next time.
I finished the yellow that I messed up last time (fell from the top). Also finished the salmon ones that weren't yet built last session (except one, which has a weird beta). The yellow in the 45 seemed pretty doable today, I'll try to link it next session.
The new routes all seem pretty easy. I'm honestly not sure whether I'm getting stronger or the climbs are getting easier. Of the three remaining yellows, I think the jumpy and the traverse one will go, but the volumy one seems completely impossible.
30. 10. 2021 (at ):
I projected the yellow in the 45 (almost got the top sequence done) and the one on the island (literally fell while matching the top hold). I'm very confident in finishing the one on the island next session, and linking the one in 45.
28. 10. 2021 (at ):
Second sport climbing session, this time at Smíchoff. I did some 7's and an onsight of 8, which I'm pretty happy about. I then finished up with some bouldering, getting closer to climbing the new yellows.
26. 10. 2021 (at ):
I started doing sport climbing! This session was spent at Big Wall and was bad, because I'm not very good at sport climbing. I'll still try to do a sports climbing session once in a while to improve my endurance, which at this point is quite lacking.
I did the salmon in the 45 (it was actually pretty easy, just pumpy) and one more on the island. Then I again projected the new yellows.
22. 10. 2021 (at ):
I just projected some of the new yellows.
20. 10. 2021 (at ): 4/5 4/2 5/3 2
I attended the boulder challenge! It was quite difficult and not really what I'm used to (climbing a lot of boulders), but I managed to came 5th. If I had more endurance, I'm pretty confident I could have made the podium. Next time 🙂.
I took a bit of a break, but it was worth, since I managed to send two new yellows! I also previewed some new boulders for the boulder challenge on Wednesday, I'm quite interested to see how well I do.
12. 10. 2021 (at ): 2 3 2 1
The other doable did not go down this session, but I got extremely close and am pretty confident that I can climb it (either next session or the one after that).
10. 10. 2021 (at ): 2 2 5 1 
One of the doable yellows from the new rebuild went today, the other will go next session (found a new beta that works well). The third one is really hard, but seems doable (eventually, given enough pinch strength and skin).
I finished the two easy blues that I mentioned last session and the weird salmon one. The rest of the session was spent on working on the two yellows that actually seem very doable.
In the new rebuild, all of the blues (besides one) feel very easy, same as the salmon ones (again, besides one). However, the yellows feel completely impossible. I'll try to finish the two easy blues that I haven't done next session, and will begin working on the yellows after that.
30. 9. 2021 (at ): 1 1 1
I made more progress on the blue in the overhang, which I've managed to piece together for the first time today. I also tried the easiest yellow I haven't climbed yet and made a few good attempts too, it will hopefully go soon.
28. 9. 2021 (at ): 4 3/1  5 6
I felt pretty weak again today, so I just climbed some boulders that I've climbed already. Besides that, I managed one new salmon with a really weird beta and real progress on the hard blue in the overhang.
The two easier yellows from the new boulders went down, along with the last blue (super nice coordination move, weird end) and the last salmon too. I also managed to repeat the yellow one that I haven't filmed yet. Now to start projecting the other yellows, which are just brutal...
The new boulders feel harder than the previous batch (namely the yellows). I still feel a bit sick (had sore throat and fever 2 days ago), but I still managed to do some salmons, blues and even a yellow. Next time should feel much better.
Although I took a break for more than 10 days and it definitely feels like it, I found a very nice beta for the new yellow that I sent, which is super nice. I also did two new blues and filmed some salmons that I missed last session (because my battery died).
The new boulders should be finalized at this point. I still have yet to do two the last two new yellows, but they're very tough. The camera died halfway through the session, so they will be recorded in the next few sessions.
7. 9. 2021 (at ): 2 4 1 2
Most of the new boulders were built. I did quite a few of them, but I'm recording only the ones that weren't changed. None of them were recorded because of this, but will be in the next few sessions.
6. 9. 2021 (at ): 1 2
Today was worse. I felt much more tired and wrongly assumed that there will be new boulders today, which there weren't. I made some good attempts on the last yellow on the pool and the hard blue in the ball, at least.
4. 9. 2021 (at ): 1 1/1  1
Today was not good. I felt tired, but at least still managed to do the crimpy salmon that I struggled with. Also, I made many more tries on the last yellow one in the pool, but no dice – at least I got the beta down!.
I completely forgot about those two yellows, because I felt pretty weak when I first tried them. Today was quite different though, as both of them went in only a couple of tries!
1. 9. 2021 (at ): 1 1 1/1 
The entire session was spent on the last two yellows in zone 9 that I haven't yet done. The first one went after about 20 tries and I managed to make all individual moves on the second one, so today was quite a success!
23. 8. 2021 (at ): 1 1/1 
First session with new shoes (Skwamas). The yellow was surprisingly not bad. Also, I made progress on two other yellows that seem pretty difficult, but will probably go after a few attempts.
It seems that the rest day really worked, I managed to do 5 new blue ones and real progress on a new blue and a yellow, both of which will hopefully go next session.
17. 8. 2021 (at ): 1 1 1  1
Today was a pretty tired day, considering the climbing I did yesterday. At least I finished the blue one I made progress on yesterday and tried a few new yellow ones to do.
16. 8. 2021 (at ): 4 1 
I had my second Covid shot on Friday and was out for the entire weekend, so it was surprising that I managed to do the yellow one and make progress on a few blue ones!
Today's gravity felt pretty good!