1) Rock climbing & abseiling. All you would like to know about the activity
Any rock face, always, offers an anaglyph on its surface. The climber with a combination of right movement, physical strength and mental ability, uses this anaglyph in order to beat gravity and move upwards to the top, thus climbing the face. So, as a conclusion, the greater the anaglyph, the easier the climb, whereas the lesser the anaglyph, the harder the climb. Based on this general and vital rule, we have carefully selected and created rock climbing areas on rock faces ideal for the beginner’s full enjoyment and needs, with climbing routes of various grades.
The game on vertical, rocky terrain can be very enjoyable and thrilling, as one realizes that can do much more than they can imagine, by making the best possible use of the above combination and self control. This is being done under our guides’ / instructors’ constant care and supervision, and with the use of the most appropriate safety equipment. The main purpose / target of this activity is to get as much enjoyment and fulfillment as possible out of your first… or second vertical steps!
Well, about abseiling, we assume that you all have had some previous experience, especially in your youth’s time, so, we make sure that this time the experience will be within new dimensions!..
2) Rock climbing / Abseiling. Process of the activity.
While at the rock, our guides have prepared the ropes and the rest of the equipment for you and introduce you to the technical and mental “secrets” of rock climbing, so that things become as much enjoyable as possible. Just after the introductory briefing, you come in a preliminary contact with the rock by trying moves, feet and body placement and many more. You will be pretty soon surprised with what you can do after applying what you have just learned about rock climbing! Then, the real game starts!
All climbs for the beginners are done by using of course the “top rope” securing / belaying method. This means that the climber is constantly being secured / belayed by a rope, one end tied up on their harness, the other end going through a high anchor on the rock face and down to the belayer guide / instructor. After all, in everything we do, safety is our first priority.
For the experienced climbers: In the area of Mt. Kissavos and Mt.Olympus, apart from the beginners’ – “top rope” only – rock climbing areas, there is a great number of rock climbing routs in about 8 different climbing areas / sites, mainly on relative types of limestone. These climbing areas cover a great range of routes (more than a total of 200), grades, route lengths, types of climbing (sport climbing, hard rock, traditional / classic rock e.t.c) and elevation of the site. A great choice indeed! We will be glad to help and give all the support and information you need in order to enjoy your climbing. If you wish, we can provide rock climbing guides to lead well selected classics for you, not only in the described in this site climbing areas, but in the very well known conglomerate towers of Meteora as well.
3) Rock climbing / Abseiling. How long does it take?
The total time of Rock climbing / Abseiling & High ropes / Team building events, from our meeting time to the “ready to go home” time ranges between 4.00’ and 6.00’ hours, mainly depending upon the number of the participants.
4) Rock climbing / Abseilng. How you come to the area?
The Mt. Kissavos Rock climbing / Abseiling sites.
Where we meet: For this activity we meet either at our base (Mt. Kissavos activities center) or at the nearby Arioprino location or at the village of Omolio or the Gidiki climbing site, depending upon the site we are about to go. We can even pick you up at your accommodation / hotel, if you wish. This can be arranged at an extra cost.
How you come to the above meeting places: If you travel from the south in the Athens – Thessaloniki highway, you come off at the exit to Omolio, Stomion, Karytsa and the coast at the eastern end of Tempi valley (you enter the valley from the west), just before the bridge over the Pinios river. Accordingly, if you travel from the north, you come off at the same exit, just after you have passed over the Pinios river bridge to the left. Go through Omolion (3 km after the exit off the highway) and another 7 km lead you to Stomion. You bypass Stomion and you start going uphill towards Karytsa. Note that after bypassing Stomion the road splits. Make sure that you take the road on the right to Karytsa (the left road goes along the coast, while the one to Karytsa continues uphill).
To our base, “Mt. Kissavos Audoor Activities Center”: One kilometer before Karytsa, you come across the hotel Dohos, situated on the left side of the road. Just after passing the hotel, turn right to Spilia and Aeroprino. There is an “Olympos Trek” sign at this turning as well. In another 3.1 km, you arrive at the picnic area and café / restaurant at “Aeroprino” location. At this point you take the dirt road on your right, following the “Olympos Trek” sign, to reach our base (another “Olympos Trek” sign) in another 2.6 km.
To come to the Gidiki climbing site, either look at Google earth or you will be given directions by us after personal contact.
The Mt. Olympus sites.
Where we meet, how you come: For the sites of Mt. Olympus, our meeting takes place mainly in Litohoro (central parking), the main town at the eastern feet of the mountain. On the Athens – Thessaloniki highway, you come off at the exit to Litohoro and Dion. In less than 5km you are in Litohoro.
For the Tempi valley climbing, we meet at the ex toll-post site of Tempi, at the western end of the valley.
It will help: Most detailed and useful is the “Kissavos and Tempi” and “Mt. Olympus” maps of the “Anavasi” editions, as well as the map in our web site.
5) Rock climbing / Abseiling. What do I bring with me?
Αpart from your seasonal clothing and footwear, you need to bring with you the following:-
a. Sport shoes.
b. Sports / gym trousers and top.
c. Bermuda trousers for the very summer.
6) Rock climbing / Abseiling. When is the best time to do it?
For all described sites for beginners apart from Gidiki: Spring, Summer & Autumn.
For Gidiki: Spring and Autumn.