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(Climbing on the Basalt columns is now Banned) May 5, 2013 Please check Up The Rocks website for current info.

Armenia is a small landlocked country in the southern Caucasus Mountains. Beyond its numerous high peaks--Mt. Aragats the tallest at 4095m and a dozen others above 3000m--its limestone provides many sport, trad, mp, and bouldering possibilities for the adventurous spirit. The most stunning formation is Armenia’s hexagonal basalt columns. Many basalt formations are fragile, national monuments yet some can be climbed (5.7 cracks to 5.12) with a bit of local knowledge. All areas are easily accessible by car and within a couple hours from the capital, Yerevan—a refreshingly safe, easy-going place, which welcomes tourists. Despite the fact that the rugged landscape seems made for climbing, it is relatively untapped with under 100 named routes to date. The small climbing community, however, is vibrant and growing. The capital now has a small indoor climbing wall and the biennial climbing festival, Up The Rocks invites climbers from around the world to help establish areas and enjoy the local culture. Springtime is the rainy season. Autumn and May-June are great times to climb. Comfortably climbing in July and August is difficult as temps push triple digits.

Getting There 

Fly into Yerevan.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.8 miles from here

47 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Armenia:
Doudouk,    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Garni Gorge
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Featured Route For Armenia
Route goes basically straight up the middle of the...

Kaitsak 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Asia : Armenia : Noravank Canyon
Difficult opening moves (easier if you are taller) lead to good pocket climbing. Thin , but well protected crux half way up....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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