A Trad Climbing Guidebook of Profitis Elias – Asini, Argolis (Greece)

In the past years we have been climbing in various areas, mountains and crags and therefore we gained experience in the various forms of climbing. With this post, we would like to share with you a free climbing guidebook from the first established routes in Profitis Elias of Asini, which is located nearby Nafplio.

The rock climbing around Argolis region is all on excellent solid grey limestone. The majority of the routes are single pitch sport climbing routes, though there are some trad climbing routes as well. The Argolis area claims to receive over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and is a popular holiday destination.  It also means that it is possible to rock climb virtually all year round in the Argolis region.

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About Profitis Elias of Asini

The rock that soars upwards in the beautiful scenery of Asini is called Profitis Elias. The little church that is build on top is dedicated to Prophet Elias, and thus the name of the hill.

The view at the top is panoramic (360º) offering a pretty good idea of the surrounding area and its morphology. It is on the way to the coast of Tolo, if you are coming from Nafplio. There is a road that takes you from the village of Ag. Paraskevi to foot of the hill. From there it is a 15-20 minutes uphill walk, following the path designated by white crosses, that will take you to the top.

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Established Routes & Projects

Although the rock of Profitis Elias looks very attractive for trad climbing, it has not been climbed often and therefore for the time being, in this area there are three established routes and two projects (routes to be climbed soon).

For the time being, the established routes are the following:

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O Kipos Tou Profiti UIAA V+, 110 m.

O Kipos Tou Profiti” (V+, 110 m.) first ascent was made on 22/01/2012 by Kostas Tsoukleidis and Nadine Strobl.

The route is located on the north face of Profitis Elias Rock/hill and follows the obvious crack/dihedral that is clearly visible from the base of the rock. The route can be described as a “demanding route” with plenty of variety in the climbing style, from slab to dihedral and some scrambling too.

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Diaberis Pothos UIAA VI, 100 m.

Diaberis Pothos” (VI, 100 m.) first ascent was made on 14/07/2020 by Christos Rigas and Olympus Mountaineering.

The route follows the north-east couloir which is located on the north face of Profitis Elias Rock/hill. The route can be  described as a “demanding route” with plenty of variety in the climbing style, from slab to dihedral and some scrambling.

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Violontselou UIAA VI-, 100 m.

Violontselou” (VI-, 100 m.) first ascent was made on 14/07/2020 by Kostas Tsoukleidis and Aris Georgopoulos.

The route follows the north-east couloir which is located on the north face of Profitis Elias Rock/hill. Violontselou and Diaberis Pothos share the same first pitch and the first belay is shared too. Violontselou can be  described as a demanding route” with plenty of variety in the climbing style, from slab to dihedral and some scrambling.

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Approach

From Nafplio city centre, head east towards Aria. As soon as you reach the roundabout of Agia Eleousa, take the 2nd exit and  follow E O70, the road which connects Nafplio and Asini.

About 2.5 km on this way, reaching a characteristic fork, continue right, onto the road “Nafpliou – Tolou”. Not long after, take heed of a small road-sign to your right, pointing towards Agia Paraskevi, as soon as you reach the village of Agia Paraskevi, continue towards the Rock of Asini. 

Approaching R0 requires 15 minutes of hiking of hiking on a non-obvious trail. Best advice is to follow a large tube that is providing electricity to huge projector lights.


Download for free the complete Trad Climbing Guidebook

Should you wish to receive this complete Climbing Guide for Profitis Elias of Asini, then feel free to download the guide in PDF and/or Epub formats. In case you are interested to receive printed copies, the you can can in touch via the contact form.

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About Asini

In Ancient Asini / Kastraki you’ll find the remains of a city fortified in the 2nd and 3rd century B.C. (main photo), and an old Mycenaean cemetery on a nearby hill. Swedish archaeologists explored the area 80-90 years ago. They found, among other artifacts, 25 tombs, including nine vaulted dome graves. 

Personal items of the deceased were placed in the tombs to follow the dead to Hades, including the famous “King of Asini” who, surprisingly, is represented by a female figure. She, along with other finds from the area, is on display at the Archaeological Museum in Nafplio.

There are not that many remains from the former residents here, but Ancient Asini is situated on a small promontory that’s excellent for a stroll. In recent years the Kastraki site has been upgraded, and is now far more easily accessible. 

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Below: This map marks all the mountaineering adventures that have been featured on Olympus Mountaineering so far, including several Sport climbing crags – Select full screen to expand, zoom in for more detail, or click on a marker for a link to the post.

12 thoughts on “A Trad Climbing Guidebook of Profitis Elias – Asini, Argolis (Greece)

    1. Thank you for your kind comment and indeed, the whole area is very nice. You can go climbing, visit the historical/cultural sites, you can go to swim and have delicious food. All of that in the same location.

      Again, thanks for the kind comment.

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