In the early 2000s, a climbing revolution took place in Ermionida, East Peloponnese, when the esteemed British climber, Jim Titt, and the German Inge Zaczek, dedicated a significant amount of time, resources, and effort to equip over 200 routes on the exceptional limestone rocks in the area using stainless steel bolts. The climbing community remains grateful for their contributions towards the development of sport climbing in the region.
Fast forward to 2021, Climb Ermionida (the local climbing community) with the invaluable aid and support of the Municipality of Ermionida and the Tripolis Mountaineering Club, undertook essential maintenance works on various crags and replaced several anchors with high-quality, certified materials.
In 2022, the climbing community furthered their efforts by developing a new crag, Petrogerakas, located near Katafyki Gorge. Additionally, they bolted three new sectors in Castle Thermisia, including Orias’ Wall, Leon’s Wall, and Byzantine Wall, and established several more routes in the crags of Ermionida. Furthermore, in the same year, a new crag, “Pleiades” was developed with focus on MultiPitch routes.
The Ermionida and Argolis regions offer exceptional solid grey limestone for rock climbing. While the majority of the routes are single-pitch sport climbing, a selection of trad climbing routes also exists. However, it’s worth noting that these climbing areas are only partially developed, presenting a substantial opportunity for new route establishment in the region.
With over 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, the Argolis area serves as a preferred holiday destination for many. Furthermore, the area’s altitude enables year-round rock climbing opportunities, including the hot summer months, as some crags, such as Didyma, stand over 1,000m tall.
We have thoroughly explored the area, visiting all crags, gathering pertinent information, and capturing stunning photos to present you with the Climbing in Ermionida Guidebook, free of charge.
Details of the Guidebook:
- Format: A4 portrait (for easy and free printing at home)
- Layout: User friendly
- Colour: Full colour print
- File format: Interactive PDF
- Pages: 98
- Crags: 10
- Bouldering field: 1
- Routes: 300+
- General info
- Access info
Crags in Ermionida region
- Pillars of the Wind
- Katafyki Ravine
- Thermisia Castle (Kastro Thermisias)
- Caves of Fragthi
- Rock of Ages
- Dardiza Crag
Download for FREE the Climbing in Ermionida Guidebook
Should you wish to receive this complete Climbing Guide for Ermionida, then feel free to download the guide in PDF format. In case you are interested to receive printed copies, the you can in touch via the contact form.
- Download the complete Interactive Guidebook in PDF spreads (best for Tablets/Laptops/Desktops)
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Trad/Mountaineering climbing around Ermionida region
- Taygete – Multipitch Climb | 6 pitches 6b+ 205 m.
- Maia – Multipitch Climb | 5 pitches 5c 178 m.
- Monsters of the Wind | Climbing the South-West Ridge of Mount Ortholithi
- The Long Run IV+/V- UIAA 900 m.| Climbing the South-East Ridge of Mount Ortholithi
- Lizard V UIAA 90 m. | Trad Climbing on top of Thermisia Lagoon
- Souzaki Mouzaki V- UIAA 50 m. | Trad Climbing in Kouverta Beach – Ermioni
- Dardiza Bayby 1 V- UIAA 30 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni
- Dardiza Bayby 2 IV UIAA 30 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni
- Dardiza Bayby 3 IV UIAA 20 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni
- Dardiza Bayby 4 V- UIAA 20 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni
- Dardiza Bayby 5 IV+ UIAA 20 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni
- Dardiza Bayby Shitter V- UIAA 20 m. | Trad Climbing in Dardiza Bay – Ermioni
Ermionida is a municipality in the Argolis regional unit, Peloponnese, Greece. The seat of the municipality is the town of Kranidi.
Ermioni is a small fishing town in Ermionida (Argolis) on the east of Peloponnese. The traditional taverns, the cafés, the paved streets, the beautiful houses and the crystal clear beaches around this area are some of the reasons which make this town is an interesting summer destination of Peloponnese.
While travelling around the area, you will have the chance to admire olive and pine trees along with plenty of bays with turquoise waters but also plenty of climbing crags. Rock climbing around Ermionida and generally the region of Argolis 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.
However all of the climbing areas are only partially developed, which means there is a massive opportunity to establish new routes in the area. The area of Argolis gets over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and is a popular holiday destination.
This also means that it is possible to rock climb virtually throughout the whole year in the region, even in the hot summer months, as some crags such as Didyma are found on higher elevation – as high as 1,000 m.!
Guidebook Cover Photo Credits
- Climber: Klemen Bečan
- Photo by: Andreas Markou
Before you leave this blog check out the following map
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.
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Is it possible to get a printed version?
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Thank you for your message. At the moment, we do not have a printed version available. However, we are constantly exploring new possibilities and considering different formats for our content.
While I cannot provide a specific timeline, it is possible that a printed version may be available in the future. We appreciate your interest and suggest keeping an eye on our updates for any potential developments.
If you have any further questions or need assistance with anything else, feel free to let me know.
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I have to say, your photography is getting better and better. Your photos are truly stunning. Well done, and keep up the good work.
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Thank you so much, Alisen! Your kind words mean a lot to me. I’m delighted to hear that you’ve noticed an improvement in my photography.
I genuinely appreciate your support and will continue to work hard to bring you more captivating images.
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