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Greece topos

Slowly but surely, climbing in Greece has gained traction. After years of just Kalymnos or Meteora, dozens of other beautiful Greek cliffs with immense potential are finally being developed, with increasing emphasis on safe bolting practices. Furthermore, the relatively easy access, adequate infrastructure, stunning surroundings, and, more often than not, variety of grades, have made Greece an up-and-coming climbing destination for climbers of all levels. As a result of this momentum, three new guidebooks were published in Greece this year alone. The 2nd edition of our very own Greece Sport Climbing guidebook–a project years in the making–is complemented by two smaller new topos: the Meteora and Theopetra Sport Climbing Guide, by Vangelis Batsios, and Argolis: Rock, Sea, Sun, by Hans & Jeannette Weninger.

 

Here’s a look inside each guidebook.
 
 
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1. GREECE SPORT CLIMBING: THE BEST OF

By Aris Theodoropoulos & Katie Roussou, May 2017
 

 
 
 

The 2nd edition of the Greece guidebook, which features our roundup of the best crags for sport climbing in the country, was published a little over two years after the (pleasantly surprising) success of the 1st edition. A lot of climbing development has happened in the interim, hence the guidebook has been significantly revised and expanded.

 

Where to buy:

 
Online or at one of the following locations:
 
Athens
Alpamayo Pro
The Wall
Rockway
Polo
 

Varasova
Captain Del Mare
 

Leonidio
Rodomelo
Walk for Fun
 

Kalymnos
Wild Sport
Kalymnos Adventure Center
 
 

How do the two guidebooks compare (1st edition vs. 2nd edition)?
 

2014 (1st edition)
Pages: 320
App Guide included: No
Routes: Approximately 1700 sport routes

 

Contents

 

CENTRAL GREECE
Meteora
Pyli Little Gorge
Mouzaki
Almyros

 

 

ATHENS AREA
Hasia Cave
Acharneis
Mikri Varasova
Mavrosouvala
Sesi
Vrachokipos
Lelaki
Chaos

 

PATRAS AREA
Chatzouri
Alepochori
Spartia
Varasova
Kleisoura

 

 

 

OTHER PELOPONNESE CRAGS
Nafplio
Leonidio (272 routes)
Kyparissi (25 routes)
Zobolo
Lagada
Nedousa
Kardamyli

 

 

 

AEGEAN ISLANDS
Anafi
Symi

 

CRETE
Voulismeno Aloni
Plakias
Tersanas Cave

NEW: 2017 (2nd edition)
Pages: 435
App Guide included: Yes
Routes: Approximately 2600 sport routes, plus dozens of multi-pitches

 

Contents

 

CENTRAL / NORTHWEST GREECE
Meteora (+ 2 new routes)
Pyli Little Gorge (revised + new routes)
Mouzaki (revised + new routes)
Almyros
Kipoi (new addition)

 

ATHENS AREA
Hasia Cave
Acharneis
Mikri Varasova
Mavrosouvala
Sesi
Vrachokipos
Lelaki (revised)
Chaos

 

PATRAS AREA
Chatzouri (revised)
Alepochori (revised + new routes)
Spartia (revised)
Kalogria (new addition)
Varasova
Kleisoura (revised + new routes)
Mytikas (new addition)

 

OTHER PELOPONNESE CRAGS
Frygani (new addition)
Nafplio (expanded to include new crags Anatoli and Palamidi)
Leonidio (revised and expanded to 700 routes)
Kyparissi (revised and expanded to more than 200 routes)
Zobolo (revised + new routes)
Lagada (revised + new routes)
Nedousa
Kardamyli

 

AEGEAN ISLANDS
Anafi
Symi

 

CRETE
Voulismeno Aloni
Plakias (expanded to include new sub-sector Kalypso)
Tersanas Cave

 
 
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2. METEORA AND THEOPETRA SPORT CLIMBING GUIDE
By Vangelis Batsios, May 2017

 

 

A small practical guide by Vangelis Batsios, a climber born and raised in Meteora who, literally, knows each rock by name. Says Vangelis: “Because sport climbing has become increasingly popular in recent years, it helped me decide to create a guidebook for just the sport routes in Meteora and Theopetra (a cliff only 10km outside Meteora, with good quality limestone). The book was ready in late May 2017, after two years’ worth of work. The guidebook includes 118 select sport routes from Meteora and 131 routes from Theopetra. 2.00 EUR from the sale of each guidebook will be set aside for bolts and route maintenance.”

 

Where to buy: Only in Meteora at the moment.

 

 
 
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3. ARGOLIS: SEA, ROCK, SUN
By Hans & Jeannette Weninger, Sept 2017

 

 

This is a bilingual (English/German) climbing and travel guide to Argolis in Eastern Peloponnese. According to the publishers: “The peninsula of Argolis offers varied landscapes, all kinds of cultural highlights, great beaches and, of course, climbing areas that can hardly be more different. The book describes both, climbing and tourism. Two hours south of Athens one will find the peninsula Argolis with its climbing crags. It is on the way to Leonidio for those traveling southbound. Most of the areas are at the sea or not far from it. Even though there are enough hard routes the focus is on the moderate and lower grades making this part of the country the perfect family destination. The book describes therefore the suitability of the approach as well as the base of the cliff for little children. In this guide one will also find an attractive area near Athens and a whole new one at Corinth. We have included these climbing areas, because they are en-route, so to speak. 240 pages, full color, photo topos, detailed maps and descriptions, comics of Enrico Dudek (Enni).”

 
The Argolis guidebook includes the following sectors:
 

• Nafplio (Promenade, Palamidi, Anatoli, Katakrimeni)
• Vivari
• Ortholithi
• Didima (Didima Hinterland, Rock of Ages, Flower Power, Goat)
• Frachti
• Katafiki
• Pillars of the Wind
• Thermissia
• Methana
• Corinth: Frygani (Bonus Area), Mylos (Bonus Area)
• Athens (Spilia Daveli – Bonus Area)
 

Where to buy: Online

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