New Year’s Climbing Trip in Greece
Sea, Sun & Crag! Isn’t it a nice combination to celebrate the New Year? Join us for this exclusive climbing trip in the stunning Peloponnese peninsula. No better way to wrap up 2021 and welcome 2022!
The town of Leonidio, with just about 4’000 inhabitants, is surrounded by high-quality red and grey limestone rock that sits on the hillsides around the town. Leonidio has become a major sport climbing area known for its well-bolted single pitch routes and fully bolted long multi-pitch routes. As such, Leonidio has been described as is the best place to go sport climbing on mainland Greece.
Within just a few square kilometers there are more than a thousand routes, most of which have been put up over the past few years. The vast majority are single pitch routes (up to 50m), but there are also some multi-pitch offerings (200m) on the main cliff which dominates the valley.
The best season to climb is from November to March, with the climate being typically Mediterranean, so New Year sounds like the perfect moment to go there! Many of the crags face south providing ideal winter sun-traps, but shade can also be found. The winters are mild with many days of sunshine, and brief periods of rain.
What’s the plan?
Wednesday 29 December
We meet at Athens airport around 13:30 and drive to Leonidio in our rented car (3.5 hour drive). Check in at the house we’ll be staying in for the next 5 nights and dinner at a nice local restaurant.
Thursday 30 December – Sunday 2 January
Antoine Chaboudez, our certified climbing instructor, will meet us on Thursday morning. After a short introduction and briefing, we will head to a local crag and rock climb all day.
We will try different crags every day to make the most of the area.
In between of after the climbing sessions, we can always go for a swim and/or go for a drink!
If some of you are willing to do some multi-pitch climbing, we have the possibility to have a second climbing instructor for one or several days (additional cost to be determined depending on the number of people interested).
And if you need a rest day, there are plenty of hikes to do in the Leonidio area, or you can just chill at the beach or at home.
Monday 3 January
On Monday we will have breakfast and slowly pack so we can leave around noon and arrive at Athens airport before 16:00.
Requirements & technical information
Grade-wise, the Leonidio area offers loads of routes, from 5+ to 8. To join this event, you should be able to lead climb 5a routes outdoors.
If you need a lead climbing refresher course before joining this event, you can join our 2-day outdoor lead climbing course in Ticino on 13-14 November.
It is the participant’s responsibility to get health, accident, and travel insurances that cover mountain rescue, including extreme sports. Becoming a Rega patron is highly recommended (CHF 40 per year only for emergency medical assistance from the air).
How to get there
If you are traveling from Zurich, we recommend you to book the following flights with Swiss:
Wednesday 29 December
Zurich 09:40 – 13:20 Athens
Monday 3 January
Athens 17:45 – 19:35 Zurich
Day Clothing Essentials
-Hiking or approach shoes
-Swimsuit and towel
-Small day backpack (20-30L)
-4x Locking carabiners
-Headlamp and spare batteries
-Sunscreen and lip protector
-Plasters and basic medicine
-Face mask and hand disinfectant
The price for this event is CHF 1’200.
If you would like to book for two persons and share a double bed, the price is CHF 1’000 per person (please contact us so we can send you the discount code to book).
Included in price
-5 nights of accommodation in a charming house booked exclusively for our group (single, twin or double rooms)
-4 days of outdoor rock climbing in a small group with a certified climbing instructor (Antoine lives in Switzerland but has spent a lot of time exploring this area in Greece)
-Breakfast from Thursday – Monday
-Packed lunches from Thursday – Monday
-Dinner (sometimes at home, sometimes at local restaurants) from Wednesday – Sunday
-NYE dinner including wine
-Transfer from Athens airport to the house on Wednesday (departure from the
airport around 14:00)
-Transfer from the house to Athens airport on Monday (departure from the house at noon)
-Transfers between the house and the various crags
Not included in the price
-Lunch on Wednesday
-Drinks and snacks
Min. 3 participants
Max. 6 participants
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood, and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions.