Gkiona - Pyramida - N. Face


Rock, Mixed, Traditional

The first ascent of the route "Blotti" (VI-, 250m) was realized in 1959 by N. Blotti - G. Tsakmakidis and it is one of the most classic routes of Pyramida.

The quality of the rock is excellent, perhaps the best that can be found at such elevation, approach is easy (just 15min from the camp) and protection does not have any problems.

A set of nuts, several friends and slings is the necessary gear for that route.

The first winter climb of "Blotti" (III 3+ M4+) was realized on 7/2/2004 by G. Katsavos - C. Giokas and the second one on 8/2/2004 by C. Belogiannis - A. Karapetakos - E. Karageorgi. The line was ascended after the high temperatures that followed a strong snowfall and so the conditions were great. Actually, the wedged rock at the second pitch (rock climbing rating VI-) was covered by frozen snow (3+ M3) and the dihedral of the route was filled with frozen snow and ice.

There are two ways of returning: one is to go up until the ridge of the crag and from there to descend leftwards, until the path that leads to Vathia Laka, and the other one is to abseil using the belay of the route "Himikon".

D. Aivazidis at the wedged stone of the 2nd pitch

The summer route

The winter route

Source: Anevenontas i. 1 - i. 25, Korfes i. 140
Photographs: D. Mavropoulos
Translation: E. Katsikerou
Editing: Routes.gr
Area: Gkiona
Location: Pyramida
Published: 2003-05-01
Modified: 2019-01-03