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The GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking is designed to facilitate belay maneuvers. The GRIGRI 2 works equally well for lead climbing and top roping. It may be used on all single dynamic 8.9 to 11 mm ropes on the market (ideal at 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm). Both compact and ultra-light, the GRIGRI 2 will accompany you on climbs around the world for many years. The GRIGRI 2 has a new design that allows excellent control during the descent.

In rock climbing, mountaineering and other climbing disciplines, climbers give a climbing grade to a route that concisely describes the difficulty and danger of climbing the route. Different aspects of climbing each have their own grading system, and many different nationalities developed their own, distinctive grading systems. There are a number of factors that contribute to the difficulty of a climb including the technical difficulty of the moves, the strength and stamina required, the level of commitment, and the difficulty of protecting the climber. Different grading systems consider these factors in different ways, so no two grading systems have an exact one-to-one correspondence.

Based just a few minutes away from the capital of Crete, enjoy-crete.com provide friendly and experienced guiding, tuition and taster sessions in all aspects of mountaineering. From one day rock climbing and abseiling sessions to comprehensive courses aimed at providing you with the knowledge and skills to look after yourself in the mountains.

Crete has a huge variety of walking and climbing on offer as you can easily seen on climbincrete.com. Whether you choose, you will be guaranteed a unique and memorable experience.

In this video you can see how to place properly a bolt into the rock.

This is a brief report about the Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2011 by Aris Theodoropoulos.
The fifth climbing festival of Kalymnos, featuring special guests Nicolas Favresse and Patxi Usobiaga, came to an end Sunday night. While not as busy as Easter, the ‘climbing’ villages of Masouri and Armeos still were buzzing with several hundreds of climbers, nearly 300 of which registered for the event. Belgian alpinist Nico Favresse, recipient of the Piolet d’Or, and Basque world champion Patxi Usobiaga mostly onsighted and flashed routes up to 8b, they climbed a multi-pitch, Uomo Senza Qualità 8a 135m, at sector Ocean Dream, and also made time for swimming and diving.

This is an article about canyoning in the gorge of Cha or Xa. Be aware that when me and my friends Antonis did the gorge there was minimal protection (I think one or two bolts) and we place ourselves all the belays with slings, nuts and friends. That has been made back in 1998 if I remember well. However, nodays the gorge is fully bolted and many canyoning schools passing it without issues. I haven't update the article as it is a story that I want to remember, especially those days where the term canyoning meant nothing to us wink

Thirteen things climbers can do to prevent common problems on multi-pitch routes.

Crete straddles two climatic zones, the Mediterranean and the North African, mainly falling within the former. As such, the climate in Crete is primarily temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea, while winter is fairly mild.

Meteora have been known to the Greek people from the monasteries built on the towering rocks; years later became famous for their climbing areas. Meteora are thought to be the largest and most important climbing area of Greece nowadays, with great publicity abroad as well.

Twenty mountaineering associations met in Chamonix, France in August 1932 for an alpine congress. They decided to found an international federation which would be in charge of the “study and solution of all problems regarding mountaineering”. No small task one would say. One of those problems was the lack of a universal climbing grade system, which was finally resolved with the creation of the UIAA climbing grade 40 years later. Count Charles Egmond d’Arcis from Switzerland became the first president and he gave the new federation the name UIAA – Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme.