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Agiofarago: Introduction

Anarixisi

The southernmost climbing area in Crete is Agiofarago. The area's characteristic is the rock, which is very sharp, along with the combination of climbing, swimming and walking. Most of the routes are inside the gorge with the oldest ones situated on the beach or near the beach. Here you will find some of the most difficult routes in Crete, up to 8b+, from single to multiple pitches. There are just a few lower than 5c where most of them are around 6c/7a. Almost 90% of the climbing routes are equipped and you will only need quickdraws and 60-70 meters of single rope to repeat them. Having said that, there are also many where natural anchors must be used. Those are usually the first routes in the area opened in late 80s. The place is marvellous and you will enjoy climbing and swimming in one of the most beautiful places not only in Crete but also in Greece!


Area Info

Great routes around 6a-6c in this sector just a breath near sector 15 with the easies routes in the area.

Area Info

This sector is just after Agios Antonios church on the left as you are walking to the beach. Great routes here too. All routes in this sector opened from Philippe Bugada and Vaggelis Floros in 2007.

Area Info

This sector is located just a few meters before the beach on the left as you are gazing the excellent beach. Many beautiful routes in this sector. One of those (the 1st) is traditional and quite hard (6b, harder than it looks) and it takes a lot of gear, especially middle size friends. A must-climb route. 

Area Info

Three minutes away from sector 2 this one holds 4 routes, up to 7a and not higher than 22 meters. All routes opened from Manolis Kampourakis and Aris Mavromatis. A topo of the sector will be added soon.

Area Info

This sector is the characteristic big cave on the left of the gorge before the church of Agios Antonios. Only hard routes here, up to 8c (maybe more).

Area Info

Plenty of routes here if you climb above 7b. This sector is on the right side of the cave.

Area Info

This sector is located just on the right of the big cave before the church of Agios Antonios. One of the greatest routes in the area exist here, that is "Cathedral Wall", a superb two pitches route opened from Zbynek Cepela. The first pitch of that route was initially 5c+ but after a while a broken hold lead the route up to 6b!

Area Info

One small (30 meters) and two multi pitches routes exist in this sector/area just above the sea. All routes have no bolts at all so full climbing equipment needed.

Area Info

This sector has just two routes and the biggest one in the whole gorge with 235 meters (7 pitches) in total length, fully bolted! Helmet, water and a lightweight shoe is necessary to complete the route along with 2x50 meter ropes.
Both routes opened by Philippe Bugada in 2007.

Area Info

This sector is located on the right side of the gorge as you're walking through the gorge with direction to the beach from the main path starting from the monastery of Odigitrias and not the one from Kaloi Limenes. It is the characteristic huge cave. Before the cave there is one more trad route under construction (around 5b+). Hopefully we will go back and finish the route sometime during the upcoming months. At the moment just the first pitch has been climbed (40 meters) and left a sling for belay. You can see a topo of the route on the next page of this article (page 2 link on the bottom of the page).