As of today, Ukraine is not exactly the climber's first-choice destination, however it has things to offer to travelers off the beaten track. It is also a treasure for the explorers of what a post-Soviet country could be like, a very special middle ground between what is usually considered the First and the Third-World country on this planet.
Coming back to climbing - or rather geography, Ukraine is mainly flat and famous for its fertile plains - at least that's what the legends say before the Soviets started messing with kolgosps and technology. The break-down for climbing regions follows thus this order - first we start with various regions in Crimea, then we cover a couple of big cities (mainly climbing gyms), and Western Ukraine for some rock around the Carpathians.
The biggest Ukraine's attraction climbing-wise is the Crimea peninsula. It features a sub-tropical climate very close to the one on the coasts of the Mediterranean sea and a similar proliferation of limestone crags - even mountains for some mountaineering challenges for the willing. The highest summit is Roman Kosh at 1545 meters though, so mountaineering is maybe a strong term to use in this case. See our Crimea region description for further details. If you want to find more first-hand information about climbing and lodging or hire a guide, visit the website of a local private mountain guide Sergey Sorokin...
Ukraine also boasts a not-so-tall mountain chain called Carpathians in the West, with the highest peak being Hoverla. It culminates at 2061 meters, a bit like Mt Washington on the US East Coast without the extreme weather. Carpathians are a follow-up chain to Polish and Slovakian Tatras - unfortunately much less rocky. They do offer some skiing possibilities, but alpine adventurers will have to seek hard to find any bit of rock or ice outcrops. Careful though, as often avalanches do occur in winter, and even during summer getting up Hoverla might prove troublesome. The best climbing spot in the West is Dovbushevi Skalu, rock outcrops up to 45 meters tall in the pre-carpathians with interesting sandstone moves all around.
SEASON AND CLIMATE
RATINGS AND GUIDEBOOKS
Concerning guidebooks, so far I haven't seen any in English - for Crimea, you can find info on Mountain.ru and some Russian guidebooks (see further info by region).
WHAT'S ON THE WEB
Please keep in mind that this is a work in progress and feel free to pm me with any suggestions or errors you may notice - yours, uasunflower.