Skytali V+ UIAA 35 m. – Trad Climbing in Arma – Mt. Parnitha – Attica

Every now and then I try to visit one of my favourite outdoor locations of Greece, and specifically Mt. Parnitha which is located just 30 minutes far from Athens city centre. Mt. Parnitha is located in Attiki province, 25km N from the city of Athens. It is one of the 4 mountains(the others are Immitos, Penteli and Poikilo) that surround the circular plain, in which the city of Athens is built. Mt Parnitha is the tallest and more impressive among the mountains that surround Athens.

During my previous visits in Parnitha, I had the pleasure to climb in the area of Flabouri, but this time I want to visit and climb in the area of Arma.

Tamilthi Peak – View towards Arma

About Arma

Arma is located nearby Fyli. Fyli, also known as Chasia, is a town situated in the southwestern area of Parnitha. In near proximity, thee are numerous cliffs which have been of great interest of the greek climbing community. The most prominent of these cliffs is Arma which has played a primary roe in the rock climbing history of the region.

Many of the exploratory steps of the first greek rock climbers took place on the Arma Cliffs. Arma consists of four main distinct areas:

  • Notio Arma (South Arma)
  • Kentriko Arma (Central Arma)
  • Vorios Tichos (North Wall)
  • Spilia Sarri (Sarri’s Cave)

The rock is limestone of good quality and in some areas, even excellent quality.

More general info about Arma and generally climbing in Attica, you can find on the following guidebook:

Furthermore, since a couple of years, a small group of local climbers led by K. Lafogiannis and A. Papandreou worked hard in order to revive the old routes that were established many years ago. More info about all the works carried out by K. Lafogiannis and A. Papandreou in the following Facebook Group.

Thank you and much appreciated all your efforts!

Skytali (Σκυτάλη) – V+ UIAA, 35 m. – Trad Climbing in Arma

Skytali (Σκυτάλη = Relay Buton) (V+ UIAA, 35 m.) is one of the newest routes that was established in Arma area and specifically in the Southern Arma sector.

The route is located on the rock formation known as Arma(Fyli area) and due to its proximity to the city center of Athens and the excellent rock quality (limestone) is has been of a great interest to the Greek rock climbing community.

The route can be described as an “introduction” to Trad Climbing in Arma. It is a clean and well maintained route, and there are also three permanent pitons (one with an attached cordelette) and two cordelettes in the critical points. The route is not difficult and can be well protected with different kind of gear. The rock is limestone and its quality is good.

Notice: Although this is a single pitch trad route, due to avoid any rope drag, we split the route in two, but this is not necessary. In addition, personally I would rate this route at V UIAA and not V+ UIAA.

Skytali V+ UIAA 35 m. – Topo
The route – Skytali V+ UIAA 35 m.

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From Attiki Odos Exit #6, follow Fylis Avenue towards Fyli/Chasia (north/west). Follow the road for 500m until big roundabout. Take the third exit and continue on Fylis Avenue. 3,1 km after the roundabout you will see a golden-domed church on your right hand (Panagia Kanala) and a football pitch on your left. Continue and go further than the Fyli village and follow the direction towards Monastery Kliston. You will drive further on from Monastery Kliston till the following location 38.133639, 23.650956. 

As soon as you park, follow the red signs which they lead to the Via Ferrata and the beginning of the route is located here: 38.135403, 23.655060

  • Parking spot: 38.133639, 23.650956 
  • Beginning of the route: 38.135403, 23.655060
Approach & Route location
Approach hike
Approach hike
Almost at the beginning of the route
First view of the route – Looks like a beautiful line
View from R0

Route description

R0 – R1 | V+ UIAA – 35 m.

The route starts with a small overhang of about 1,5 meters with a maximum difficulty of IV+ UIAA, though also not experienced climbers will feel comfortable, because there is a newly placed piton with a cordelette attached. As soon we climb this part we will be on a very comfortable ledge. Upon that, we continue to follow the natural line on a slab. 

On that point, we can place the first protection gear (left side). We continue to climb up and we enter the dihedral where the climb is easy (IV UIAA). Just before the first exit to a comfortable ledge, the climb becomes slightly more difficult (IV+ UIAA), but the climber will find two well positioned cordelettes which offer good protection.

As soon we climb over a large boulder, we will be again on a comfortable ledge. Just above that ledge, we can spot the crux of the route. The crux of Skytali (Σκυτάλη = Relay Buton) is an overhang with clear and good holds and plenty locations for correct foot placement. In addition, the excellent job done by K. Lafogiannis and A. Papandreou made this crux (V+ UIAA) to be and feel safe by placing two pitons. The first piton, is located on the left side just before the crux and the second piton is located on the right side about 2 meters higher. As soon we climb over the crux, the route is basically completed, and we can see the anchor (a large cordelette with two carabiners) located on a tree.

The belay is very comfortable.

View of the route from R0
Skytali V+ UIAA – First part
Beginning of the route with the first piton with a cordelette.
On the ledge above the IV+ part
Placing some protection
climbing up
At that point there is the second cordelette


Almost at the ledge before the Crux of the route
At the crux of Skytali. V+ UIAA
Above the crux (2 permanent pitons)
View from R01
Second climber almost at R01
Climbing up


During my climb (November 2022), at the crux, there was also a third piton, which was very rusty and it was obviously an old piton. As soon will clipped in a quickdraw and we climbed over it, the piton was removed without exercising any force on it. The other two pitons, are new and hold strong. Bellow a photo with clear indication of the locations of the two pitons and the anchor of R1.

View of the Crux of the route. Personally, I would give a V UIAA. There are two pitons and easy to climb up. At the tree which is located on the ledge there is the rappel station.
Photo of the rusty and loose piton.


From the top of the rock, we have two options. The first is to abseil down the route (make sure to have 2×60 meters half ropes) or to follow the trail which leads to the beginning of the via Ferrata trail.

Abseiling towards R0


Return without Abseil

Move towards the south which leads to the beginning of the via Ferrata trail.

Return in case you do not want to abseil.

Recommended Gear

Trad climbing gear

For this trad climb, I used the following gear:

Details of the Climb

  • Location: Mt. Parnitha – Arma
  • Difficulty: V+ UIAA
  • Length: 35 meters
  • Pitches: 1
  • When to Climb:  Late Autumn – Early Spring
  • Water Features: None

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