Climbing in Didima – Argolis

During winter time, I particularly enjoy all different winter mountaineering activities, though due to the fact I need to keep track with my rock climbing skills, I have to “sacrifice” a winter mountaineering ascent and instead to go and visit a crag for some sport climbing. By keeping that in mind, I decided to visit one more crag in the Argolis region.

The Argolis district of Greece, which includes the city of Nafplio, is at the southern end of the Greek mainland and is a popular holiday destination.  The majority of the crags are easily accessible, together with plenty of beaches and many archaeological interests. This is an ideal area to go rock climbing for families with children and for groups with different interests, as well as a dedicated rock climbing holiday.

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Didima Crag

The rock climbing in Argolis region is all on excellent solid grey limestone. The majority of the routes are single pitch sport routes, though there are some trad routes as well.

In the past, we have visited other crags around this region, and it was about time to discover one more crag in the Ermionida county, the crag that is located almost at the top of Mount Didima.


See other climbing crags near Ermioni here:


About Didima Crag

The Didima climbing crag, is one of the top sports cliff in Greece. Excellent access, superb rock, magnificent views, great routes and a perfect climate for climbing on the hot summer afternoons make this the most popular cliff by far.

The cliff lies at the summit of the mountain of the same name and owing to its altitude 1.100m is around 10°C cooler than on the coast, and in the summer months is shaded after midday. Added to the cooling sea breeze this means that it is always agreeably cool.

The rock here is not as sharp as many areas allowing one to push the technical side, which is fortunate as the climbing is on steep or lightly overhanging walls and requires good technique. The cliff is divided into 2 sectors, Winter and Summer with sector Winter being less shaded, which is why there are no routes as yet on it!

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Sector with easy routes

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Sector with medium/high difficulty

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Approach to the crag of Mount Didimo

Access: At the summit of the pass over Didimo take the narrow tarred road to the summit. (Didimo is the mountain with a super collection of telecoms masts on its summit.)

Walk-in: Marked path 1 min.

Altitude: 1100m

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn.and even in a sunny winter day

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Parking lot
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View around the parking area
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View towards the island of Spetses (if not cloudy weather)
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Follow the signs
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First view of the crag


Sectors and Route on Didima Crag

This crag is family friendly and it has more than 70 routes. In addition, there are easy routes for beginners and more demanding routes for intermediate and advanced climbers. Almost all routes have been opened and bolted by J. Titt and I. Zaczek.

More a technical climbing area on steep grey walls the development so far has concentrated on the first 250m of cliff (sector summertime) giving around 50 routes in the 4, 5 and 6th grades with potential for about the same number in the higher grades. The next 350-400m of cliff offers an abundance of lines, probably in the 6th and 7th grades and up to 40m long but has yet to be developed.


Sector A

Name

Grade

Little Crack

6a+

Hole

6b

Jump

6a

Little Chimney

4a

Little Wall

6a

Huggy Bear

5c

First Arête

4a

First Corner

4c

Here Comes the Weekend

4c

A Good Crack

5a

Direct

5a

A Funny Turn

5a

Teen Dream

5a

Ginger

4a

Bad Beer

5a

Drilling in the Rain

5a

Trouble

6a

Drilling in the Rain

5a

Fear of Goats

6a

Teamwork

6a+

J&J

6a+

Powerline

6a

Inge’s Fingers

5c

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Sector B

Cave

6b

Wave

7c

Funhouse

7a

Funtime

5a

Prankster

6b

Great White Way

6a

Massive Attack

6c+

Ektonisi

7b+

Black Diamond

7c

Crystal Voyager

7a+

The Hots

6c+

Lightning

5c

Thunder Wall

5c

Cool Move

6a

Nice Surprise

5c

Smile

5a

Thursdays Child

4c

Little Lizard

6b

Children of Mycenae

6c

Perfect Acoustics

7b+

James Jaunt

6b

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Sector C

Wonderhold

5c

Girls Do It Differently

5a

Slant Eyes

5a

Buckshot

Project

Summer Madness

6c+

Spring Thing

7a

Burn

6a

Jills Route

5c

Sam’s Route

5a

Diversion

6a+

Sidewalk

6b+

Black Attack

6c+

Big Girls

6a

Elevation

5a

Sun Parade

6a

Tuesday Afternoon

5c

Scorpion

5c

Quicky

6a

Fallen Angel

6b

Pain is Love

6b+

England

6a

Popeye

6c

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About Mount Didimo

Didimo is the second tallest mountain of the region, the first being Arachnaio. Its has two main peaks, the highest of which reaches an altitude of 1.121m. There are other, lower peaks, namely “Profitis Ilias” (1.068), “Tourla” (858m), “Raches Gravas” (569m). To the east, it is merged with the heights of the Aderes mountain range.

The semi-mountainous and plainy parts of the Ermionida region can be found over to its south foothills.

The name of the mountain seems to come from the “Dioskouroi”, the pair of twin demigods Castor and Polydeuces. The peaks of the mountain are devoted to them (“Didimo” means “twin” in Greek, hence the name).

The mountain’s geological identity is of notable interest, as it contains two impressive caves at the foothills of its endpoints. The so-called “dolines” of Didymo are craters made from a subsidence of the ground, as well as rockfalls of the carbon-based rocks of the area. It is also noteworthy that inside one of these caves, there is a small church. Close to that area, located in a basin, visitors can find a settlement of the same name (Didimo).

On the Didymo mountain, the amount of flora is low, while a certain species of juniper is the most common type of plant there. Taller trees, like plane trees (or ‘Platanus’) can be found on the mountain’s north side. Furthermore, antennae and wind-farms have been built on its peak and heights. There is also a freeway passing through the mountain, the construction of which has ‘bisected’ it.


See other climbing crags near Ermioni here:

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