Dardiza Bayby 2 IV UIAA 30 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni

It has been quite some time since our last trad climbing adventure and due to the fact weather forecasts were not very favourable, we decided to go to explore a nice rock which is located nearby a town called Ermioni.
 
Our previous climbing adventure in the area, took place to the magnificent Thermisia Lagoon, and Kouverta beach.
 
This time, we wanted to explore a nice rock that from far we could spot it could offer a nice climb towards the top. 

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Dardiza bay (3.5 kms from Ermioni) is a pebble shingle beach where many local and visiting Greeks go. Situated alongside the main road, it has a small mobile cantina during high season offering cold drinks and hot snacks.

The beach offers stunning views towards the islands of Hydra and Dokos and is close to some of the most important tourist spots in Ermioni, like Kranidi, Kilada, or Porto Heli, which remain unspoilt and beautiful.


First Ascent

In mountaineering, a first ascent (abbreviated to FA in guidebooks) is the first successful, documented attainment of the top of a mountain or the first to follow a particular climbing route. First mountain ascents are notable because they entail genuine exploration, with greater risks, challenges and recognition than climbing a route pioneered by others. The person who performs the first ascent is called the first ascensionist.


Dardiza Bayby 2 IV UIAA 30 m | Climbing in Dardiza Bay

Dardiza Bayby 2” (IV, 30 m.) first ascent was made on 19/012/2021 by C. Toutoutzis and Olympus Mountaineering.

The route is situated in the west face of the rock formation which is located south-west from Dardiza Bay, just few kilometers far from Ermioni. The route can be described as an “introduction” to traditional climbing with a single pitch length and of maximum grade IV UIAA.

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The Rock and the Route
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The Route

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Dardiza Bayby 2 IV UIAA 30 m | Topographic Map

f you are going to climb alpine rock faces, you will need the most detailed information possible about the rock and the route. All this can be found on a topographic map: This is a graphic representation of a climbing route and can usually be found in a guidebook or on certain websites. The lead climber should always have the topographic map at hand when on the rock face.

Like any map, a topographic map uses symbols to represent information about the rock. Climbers can orient themselves on the basis of these standardised Symbols. Illustrations indicate the climbing direction, the length of each pitch and the number and type of belay points. Further indicators that can help with orientation include a logical route, the rock quality as well notable features on the rock.

Bellow a topo of the route Dardiza Bayby 2 IV 30 m.

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Dardiza Bayby 2 – Topo

General route information

Dardiza Bayby 2” (V-, 30 m.) first ascent was made on 19/012/2021 by C. Toutoutzis and Olympus Mountaineering.

The route is situated in the west face of the rock formation which is located south-west from Dardiza Bay, just few kilometers far from Ermioni. The route can be described as an “introduction” to traditional climbing with a single pitch length and of maximum grade IV UIAA.


Approach

Only 5 minutes drive from the town of Ermioni and 3.5 km to reach Dardiza Bay where we can park the car. Starting from Ermioni we head east towards Thermisia and at 3 km we turn right following the coastal dirt road.  

From there we drive for about 200 meters till we see a bench overlooking the bay and we park the car. From the parking spot, we have a short hike towards the west for 5 minutes.

  • Parking spot coordinates: 37.399124, 23.260244 
  • Beginning of the route: 37.398631, 23.257391

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The Rock

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Hiking to the Rock

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Approach hike

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Approach hike


Route description

R0 – R1 | IV UIAA – 30 m.

Dardiza Bayby 2 is a single pitch (30 m.) and starts right from the base of the south-west side of the rock (37.398631, 23.257391).

The route starts with a slab of UIAA IV and just after 2 moves, you come across the crux of the route which is about UIAA IV. The crux can be well protected with a sling in a tunnel and therefore is rather safe even for climbers that are not experienced in Trad Climbing. As soon we overcome the crux, there are consecutive slabs of about 8 meters of UIAA III and UIAA IV. After, the route continues through the small ridge ridge UIAA III and then we move again on a a slab of UIAA IV As soon we reach the top we climb up to a ledge where we belay. 

Make a belay with a large sling or kevlar cordelette and an additional nut or friend on an obvious boulder. The belay position is very good and comfortable and with a unique view towards the islands of Hydra and Dokos.

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Getting ready before the first ascent

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roping up

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First moves

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placing gear (sling)

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after the Crux

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placing gear

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climbing up

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climbing up

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Climbing as Second and reaching the top of the Rock

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Climbing as second on this route

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nut in place

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View while climbing at a rest point

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Belay – Just about correct in terms of angle of the belay

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View towards Hydra


From R1, we can also clearly see the following areas of climbing interest:


View from the Top

Once we have reached the top of the rock, we came across the stunning view towards Hydra island, and the overall region of Ermionida. From the top, we could clearly see Mount DidimoPillars of the Wind and Mount Ortholithi.

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Beautiful View

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Lovely view towards Hydra island

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View towards Mt. Didimo and Mt. Ortholithi

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lovely view


Return

Our return route starts from the top of the route. We initially go north and after 20 m. we turn towards the west. We have to downclimb some boulders. The descent is through bushes and trees and there is not any obvious path.

The descent takes about 5 minutes.

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clearing up the belay before the descent

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View towards the west


Recommended Gear

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Plenty of gear

For this multi-pitch climb, I used the following gear:


Details of the Climb

  • Location: Dardiza Bay
  • Starting Point: Dardiza Bay 
  • Ending Point: Dardiza Bay
  • Trail Signs: No
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • When to Climb: Late Autumn, Winter, Early Spring
  • Water Features: None

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15 thoughts on “Dardiza Bayby 2 IV UIAA 30 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni

      1. Thank you very much. I doubt we will climb but I have heard there are some good hiking areas and scrambles so may look for that. Also planning on renting a bike there! I am very excited to explore the area!! Lori

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