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Summary

Pulling pebbles on tall conglomerate towers crowned by monasteries

Description

If you have seen the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only" you may remember the stunning scenery in which 007 goes rockclimbing: Tall conglomerate towers with many abandoned or inhabited monasteries on top. Even tiny ledges and caves often hold relics of some hermitages.

The climbing is mostly adventurous; expect longer runouts, widely-spaced ringbolts that are sometimes easy to overlook and sometimes loose round pebbles that make gear placements challenging.

Some routes require a full trad rack, others can be climbed just with quickdraws. Thin slings for tying-off pebbles often come handy.

Most popular routes have two-bolt anchors but you can still find large ringbolt anchors. Learn to distinguish them from smaller intermediate ringbolts. When rappelling from a single ring anchor, make sure to rig the knot in a way that you will pull the side that goes UNDER the ring on retrieval. Otherwise the ring will block the rope like a belay plate.

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Access issues

Generally, rock formations with inhabited monasteries should not be climbed. Preserve all other historical remains.

Approach

You may reach Meteora easily from Athens, Thessaloniki, and most other parts of Greece by train and bus or of course by private transportation.

Where to stay

Two campsites in the villages of Kastraki and Kalambaka.

Ethic

Traditionally, Meteora was in great parts explored by climbers with background from Saxon Switzerland (East Germany), translating to ringbolts, leadbolting and runouts. However, there is also some mainstream sport climbing to be found.

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Alyssos cliff
2
5
180m
2
Bantovas crag
2
4
200m
2
Deltasporn cliff
3
14
130m
1
Pixari crag
4
10
160m
2
Modi crag
1
0
190m
1
Sourloti crag
6
16
200m
1

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Author(s): Vangelis Batsios

Date: 2022

ISBN: 9786180037999

A comprehensive guidebook describing the sport climbing found at Meteora, Theopetra, Sarakina, and Agia Paraskev, covering 319 routes.

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