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Summary

The Katsounaki gorge is 2 kilometers long canyon leading to the Krinakia beach in the Xerokambos village.

Description

There are three sectors up to now, the north-west sector and two sectors on the south-west side of the valley. Thanks to this fact you can climb here all day. There is always some piece of rock in shade. Routes mostly lead in overhangs, this crag can be recommended to experts. Most of the routes are in seventh grade, climbing is very athletic. The yellow rock is something between limestone and sandstone, very pleasant for climbing, smooth, not sharp. There is still a few opened project on this crag and many others are waiting to be still bolted. However, you need to climb at least 7b to be able to open some new routes here.Katsounaki belongs to a local group of crags surrounding the villages of Xerokambos and Zakros. There are at least ten canyons, that are close to each other and where climbing can be developed. Xerokambos has six of them, Zakros has three. Currently climbing is at the beginning here, only a tiny part of all possibilities is exploited. This local cluster of crags has the potential to become one of the best climbing areas in Greece and this potential is still waiting to be discovered. Our Zakros team is working here hard, however, we are only a small group of climbers. We will be very happy to invite every climber to our team to help us with our effort.

Approach

The easiest way is to park a car near the Krinakia beach and go from there. It takes about ten minutes to get to the point in canyon where a side branch of the canyon joins the main canyon. Here you turn left to the side canyon. After 50 meters you see all sectors above you.

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The climbing started here in 2016 when Petr Fiala discovered this canyon and started bolting.

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