This web site represents an electronic guide for climbing routes in Greece, classified by area and field. The setting up was based on the concept of providing an easy way of finding information (drawings, descriptions, photos, panoramics) and any comment, remark or input will contribute to its improvement. The contents of the pages within this site do not constitute a complete guide nor do they aim at replacing already existing guidebooks for organized climbing fields, such as Meteora and Varassova. The main orientation of the present electronic guide is the provision of information relative to mountain routes, given the great difficulty in finding climbing-related material information, as well as the publication of new routes or the amendment to established ones. A selection of classic or newly developed routes from organised fields are however presented hereby, even if they have already been published in guidebooks.
Whereas the amount of the material is enormous and its concentration and processing extremely time-consuming, we apologize for not being able to cover all climbing areas and fields. The concentration of material and the designing of the present site began on September 2002. The Hellenic version of Routes.gr was activated on the 1st of May 2003 and the English version was activated on the 28th of September 2005. The effort will increasingly continue until Routes.gr becomes a useful site for the overall climbing community. The daily average of visitors is continuously increasing and this is the greatest motivation for us to go on.
The pages of this site have been designed for screen size of at least 19", resolution of 1280x1024 pixels, 24-bit color (True Color) and Medium Text Size. The pictures are not of the best quality possible, since the Internet connection lines still remain too slow and therefore the archives must be of small size, but this is something that will change in the near future.
The routes are being designed so as to be printed on A4-Portrait-Grayscale paper, while the panoramics can be printed on A4-Landscape-Color paper. The setting of these properties is not automatically done, so you will have to confirm them before you start printing (by the command File - Page Setup of your browser) so as to get the best result possible. Especially concerning colored panoramics, they have to be printed by color printers; otherwise the linings will not be distinct.
Massive printing of routes and panoramics is not recommended to climbers. On the contrary, printing only the material which is necessary for a certain project, preferably just a few days before the climbing takes place, is suggested, since all registered data (drawings, descriptions, panoramics) is being regularly modified as soon as a new piece of information comes up. For the exact same reason and for everybody's benefit, all visitors of this site are kindly requested to advise us as soon as mistaken information is detected with respect to the material presented hereby.
What is published hereby
- Mountain routes (published or unpublished)
- Routes (already established or newly developped ones) in organized fields, if these are not to be found in any other traditional guidebook
- Routes that have been characterized as classics or that represent a point of reference in our climbing history
- Panoramics of climbing fields containing all the above routes
- Useful information as far as climbing fields are concerned
In relation to the above, there might occasionally be some exceptions, as most of the climbing fields are now of mixed type, including not only mountain routes, but sport-climbing routes as well. The exceptions are being examined by case. The publication of all routes existing in Hellas is not possible because the Internet site would become extremely difficult to maintain.
Origin of the material
Texts, drawings and photos come from the publications of magazines which cover the climbing area, from isolated and rather rare climbing guidebooks, as well as from climbers' personal record. We would like to hear from anyone who has information concerning routes at his disposal and who would be willing to offer it in order to get it published hereby. Furthermore, any remark concerning the correction of the material included hereby or pointing out omissions would extremely help to the improvement and the upgrading of the quality of the contents.
Though the majority of information provided hereby has been previously published in other documents or have been sent directly to Routes.gr, it is possible that someone has taken offense by the contents of these pages or - for any other reason - does not wish the publication of information concerning him. In that case, one should contact us via the Contact page.
The descriptions of the routes contain all data derived from different sources (publications and personnel experiences). Usually, in the text of the description and in a parenthesis are indicated the grade of difficulty of the route and its total length.
The designer of the pages of this site is not responsible for the accuracy of the contents, since these are the result of other people's personal estimations. Thereby, some of the elements of the material concerning the routes (drawings, descriptions and gradation) might have changed over time or they might have not been correctly transferred in electronic form. Besides, it is known that the aforementioned elements are provided by persons who have climbed the routes and therefore according to their subjective judgment. Moreover, information relevant to the protection of routes should be confirmed by climbers before exposing themselves to unpredictable dangers to defective or weathered gear and modifications that might have been made subsequently, or to natural disasters.