Ukraine!! spring adventure sport climbing!

Brittany Griffith and I headed for the train station Kiev, Ukraine. Most photos by Mikey Schaefer

train stuff

we arrive in Simeiz on a dark and stormy night

Brittany is worth her weight in gold cooking. Borch #1

climbing day #1 yes it was drizzling

looking back at our town Simeze, which is on the Criemean peninsula on the Black sea

Brittany helped me collect stones for my jewelry. Order now for the balck sea collection at


Brittany's slab dyno

Panorama of the Crimean coast line. Me and Brittany chillin' in the evening light.

our first time trying to catch the bus home, turns out the bus stop was actually behind that boulder...oops

Headed towards Redstone to meet our new Russian friends

headed to Redstone to climb with our new Russian friends

Mikey, Victor, Brittany, Pavel and Julia

Mikey, Victor, Brittany, Pavel and Julia, our happy Redstone crew

warming up at Nakita... just another super fun limestone crag...

Brittany taking a whipper off one of the coolest routes at Nakita. I started learning to sound out words in Cyrillic, and something like american was painted at the base of this one...,

good thing Brittany and I's outfits match the bus stop. Taking public transport to all the crags, our whole trip really, was totally cool, and a huge mental challenge.

Brittany on the crux pitch of what we called the roller skating rink, a really cool 4 pitch climb with some interesting bonsi carrot top vegetation.

Brittany bulking up on some STRONG sending food

headed home from our local crag

street shots, yes that looks like a castel in the background

historic and modern contrasts were quite a theme in what we saw of the Ukraine

our favorite vegetable vendor at our local market

food can be so pretty

sad but true, we had to head towards home

but not before a quick stop over in Kiev. Check our the wings in the decorative Russian Orthodox chapel.

Layover in amsterdam: breakfast and some local Heineken at 8:42am

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9 Responses to Ukraine!! spring adventure sport climbing!

  1. Paul says:


    I’m going to spain this fall for a few months and am interested in heading east to get out of the Shengen zone. I’m very much interested in the Ukraine and/or Croatia and especially climbing there. Can you give me any beta on the climbing, travel, lifestyle, etc. there or point me to a resource that could?

    I would greatly appreciate your time and help!



  2. admin says:

    Hi Paul,
    I really loved climbing in Paklenica National Park, Croatia ( there is a great guide book that we purchased there. There are lots of little appartments and camping to be done just minutes from the park. We rented a car in Slovenia, climbed there and then drove to Croatia, which was a nice way to do it. I dont know anything about public transport in Croatia. The Ukraine had good bus and train options, but if you don’t speek Russian or Ukrainian it is really hard to comunicate with people. Croatia was a bit easier in that sense, and the long routes in Paklenica were rad! Have fun over there!

  3. Your work life and this song reminds us of Silvio Rodriguez (cuban singer) song and you and we put an example for the pursuit of freedom and equality of girls and women in our work.

    “You do not need wings
    to make a dream
    enough with their hands
    enough to the chest
    enough legs
    and commitment.
    You do not need wings
    to be more beautiful
    just good sense
    of the immense love
    no need for wings t
    o take flight. If …
    Pick up funds for the poor of friendship and smile
    I gather there as well as hiding your shirt
    accept which may be useful to the chorus I compose
    if you want to share a dream wide, long and deep.
    Pick up the drifting ice frozen pore
    then with good will and lots of honey ice cream will
    not give him will give him a liar and coward
    will divide, I will divide only those he loves and burning”.
    Silvio Rodríguez
    Greetings from Toledo Spain.

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks Kate…I appreciate the help!

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