Last year we decided to form a new Lowriders tradition — a Christmas giveaway which we will be repeating every year at the same time — when the temperature reaches 0 Celsius and there is nothing we would like more but to pack our bags and head to some warmer corner of the world.

Since it was our first giveaway of this kind, we were not really sure what to expect so we were very excited when we realized that we had two determined participants (among others) who were sweating and working hard to get one more crucial FB like to win the Lowriders Rental mini camper for 5 days. As the battle was so epic (and kept us refreshing the FB page until the very last second to see what will the result be at midnight) we decided to reward both of our golden girls to remind them that persistency is always worthwhile.

Jasna was one of the warriors who won the prize for her family–  this is who they are.

If you want­ed to intro­duce your fam­i­ly — how would you do it in a cou­ple of sen­tences?

We would say we are ordi­nary work­ing-class heroes try­ing to do our best in all we do, striv­ing to be good per­sons and even bet­ter par­ents. On the oth­er hand, Mara would say “We are super cool!”, hehe 🙂

Jas­na, Mara and Fren­ki on the Ceti­na Riv­er


What is it that you do? 

Fren­ki and I have been climb­ing for 15 years more or less and it def­i­nite­ly marked us as per­sons. If it was­n’t for climb­ing we would prob­a­bly nev­er meet so it is quite spe­cial to us to share the same pas­sion and con­tin­ue sup­port­ing each oth­er in the best way we can. And it get­ting hard­er as we count years :). Since our begin­nings in climb­ing, we active­ly immersed our­selves in devel­op­ing the climb­ing scene, climb­ing areas, and routes…everything we thought was good in order to pop­u­lar­ize this rel­a­tive­ly young sport.

Today, we are proud mem­bers of the club SPK Rirock­climb­ing from Rije­ka. With our Rirock crew, we devel­oped the first boul­der­ing crags in the area, Kan­jon Riječine and Kamen­jak as well as the sport climb­ing (rope) crags in Rije­ka as Rječi­na Riv­er Canyon and Med­ve­ja. Med­ve­ja has gained inter­na­tion­al atten­tion when the cur­rent­ly best climber in the world, Adam Ondra, made a short vis­it and climbed the hard­est route in Croa­t­ia, More grad­ed 9a. He also had his best per­for­mance day till then, osight­ing (climb­ing at first try) all the hard routes at the crag. Med­ve­ja is def­i­nite­ly the best place to go, to be…and every time we go there the feel­ing is the same for all Rirock­ers. Pure plea­sure for the soul. I guess that’s the best reward you can get.

Mara is such a great name. Where did she get it from?

I (Jas­na) always want­ed a girl named Mara and I was real­ly lucky that Frenky liked it also so our baby had a name as soon as we found out we were expect­ing a girl.

Super Mara

What is it that makes you hap­py?

Well, Mara likes looooot of things and she would prob­a­bly give a dif­fer­ent answer every day, which is total­ly appro­pri­ate for a 5‑year-old. 🙂 Frenky and are quite sim­i­lar when it comes to things that makes us hap­py, trav­el­ing is the great­est ener­giz­er.


Since you are from Rije­ka, can you tell us — why is Rije­ka worth vis­it­ing?

Rije­ka is most prob­a­bly the best geo­graph­i­cal­ly sit­u­at­ed city in Croa­t­ia.  When out­doors are your call /lifestyle/your thing, at half our dis­tance one can hike moun­tains, dive into the sea, wind­surf, go kayak­ing, sky­dive, climb…you name it. And if you are well orga­nized, you might do sev­er­al things in one day.

Rječi­na Riv­er Canyon. Pho­to by Vladimir Šoić

When you think about road trip­ping, what is it that comes to your mind first?

Free­dom. It so easy to for­get and just let go. Quite addic­tive 🙂


How did you pre­pare for this trip?

Road trips usu­al­ly demand days of a strate­gic think­ing, espe­cial­ly when trav­el­ing with Mara and it was such a relief to be able to pack the morn­ing of depar­ture. The Lowrid­er mini Van has it all. We just loaded the climb­ing equip­ment, the small bag with clothes and hit the road.

Is there some­thing you would do dif­fer­ent?

Hmmm…prolonge the trav­el? 😉

Are there any less touris­tic places you would rec­om­mend our lowrid­ers to vis­it?

Are there any left? heheee…Well, jokes on a side, climbers are quite bor­ing when it comes to sight­see­ing and tourism. We are always eager to access the crag as soon as pos­si­ble (climb­ing spot) chase the flow. When it comes to best places to climb (from our per­spec­tive of course) we strong­ly rec­om­mend Smr­ka, the recent­ly devel­oped area on the island of Brač, Vran­jača near Pak­leni­ca and of course, our home crag Med­ve­ja as all are tru­ly sport climb­ing areas with beau­ti­ful ath­let­ic routes and pure plea­sure climb­ing.

On the Adri­at­ic Hig­way (Jad­ran­s­ka Magis­trala), between Pak­leni­ca and Masleni­ca Bridge

Any advice for our future lowrid­ers?

Don’t think too much, just GO and enjoy the ride! Free­dom is obtain­able.

Pho­tos by @yasolinka

If you got anoth­er chance to do a road trip in Croa­t­ia, where would you go?

Uff, so many places yet to dis­cov­er. Being from the sea­side, we would def­i­nite­ly explore the cost more deeply. We thought that it would be nice to vis­it all our islands, hehe, at least most of them 🙂 Road trip­ping from island to island sound like a good long term project (hav­ing in mind that Croa­t­ia has more than a thou­sand islands).

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