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Greece Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Anthony Baraff on Jul 7, 2009
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Greece, nestled between the Aegean and Ionian seas and mainland Europe to the north, is an incredible place. Home to beautiful islands, ancient ruins and great climbing, Greece is a worthwhile stop for any climber. Kalymnos is known for its great sport routes, Meteora is home to bold trad and sport climbing up breathtaking sedimentary spires and many of the islands possess ample opportunity for deep water soloing.

(I put up this general Greece area to act as home for the original "Kalymnos, Greece" section under International and a section on Meteora that I wanted to add. If you want control of this or one of the other areas I've posted, I'm happy to cede it to you. I hope that the community will help flesh out this area and make it truly useful. -Anthony)

Guides and Beta 

For climbing in Meteora, Stutte and Hasse have published two guides detailing climbing in German, Greek and English called Meteora Climbing and Hiking and Meteora Band II Climbing. If you are proficient in German they can be purchased here. I managed to buy both of them at the corner news stand in Kalambaka. Kalymnos Rock Climbing Guide by Aris Theodoropoulos covers climbing in the Kalymnos area. has an online route database. sells topos for routes around Kalymnos--I haven't used them personally, maybe someone can publish a recommendation or warning in the comments section.

General information on Greece can be found on its Wikipedia page.

Lonely Planet publishes a useful Greece Travel Guide and has useful travel information on its website.

Getting There 

Greece is easily access through the international Airport in Athens as well as via overland routes and ferries.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.1 miles from here

481 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',80],['3 Stars',221],['2 Stars',123],['1 Star',41],['Bomb',8]

Classic Climbing Routes in Greece

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Greece:
Phineas   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Symplegades : Main Wall
Traumpfeiler (Pillar of Dreams)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 850'   Meteora : Heiliger Geist
Pornokini   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Arginonta : Infrared Wall
Monahiki Elia   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
Thetis   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Kalymnos : Arhi
Wild Sex   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Arginonta : Infrared Wall
Les Amazones   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 98'   Kalymnos : Spartacus
Remember Wadi Rum   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 82'   Ghost Kitchen : Main Wall
Frapagalo   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   Kalymnos : Secret Garden
Dafni   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 100'   Ghost Kitchen : Main Wall
Kastor    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Kalymnos : Arhi
Trela   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
DNA   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
Zorba le Gros   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Iliada : Iliada Right
Ivi   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
Mort aux Chèvres   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 90'   Kalymnos : Sikati Cave
Nymfi   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Kalymnos : Galatinani
Tufantastic   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
Priapos   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
Aegialis   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Kalymnos : Grande Grotta
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Featured Route For Greece
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric about half-way through  Fun de Chichunne

Fun de Chichunne 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  Europe : Greece : ... : Grande Grotta
An odyssey of steep tufa climbing through a central line in the Grand Grotta, Fun de Chichunne is a classic adventure. The moves off the ground aren't terribly hard, but the pump builds consistently and things get a bit harder about half-way up.Energy conservation is the name of the game. Enjoy the journey....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Kristoffer Schmarr
From: 2nd Cornfield
Jul 10, 2013
This is a valuable resource if you want climbing info for any of the crags around the country. Plenty right in and around Athens to enjoy!

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