Climbing in Squamish, British Columbia

We've been back to Squamish three times now over the years, and we're not done with it yet. It's probably our favorite climbing destination, near or far. Why? Squamish has world class crack climbing and bouldering at every grade. Sport climbing has dramatically expanded in recent years, making Squamish truly a full service destination. It also has a cool town, easy camping, and pretty darn good weather for a mid-summer trip.  

In our case, we go to Squamish primarily because we love to climb cracks, and we love to climb long routes. The density of quality cracks and the selection of routes at all grades is beyond compare. I don't think even Yosemite or Indian Creek compares.  Yosemite has the big walls, but the total selection of climbs is smaller than at Squamish. Indian Creek is amazing - but is mostly short routes, and does not have the diversity of styles, grades and route length that you will find in Squamish. Red Rocks is definitely in the running as a competitor, but with fewer classic crack routes.  

Climbing

There is plenty of info available on Squamish - a new guidebook was published in 2018 (Squamish Rockclimbs, by McLane and Boyd). It covers primarily the original Squamish crags and does not cover many of the new sport climbing venues that are scattered up and down the valley. The 2012 Squamish Select guidebook (Squamish Select, by Bourdon) is also very helpful.  

Obviously you can get all the route info you need form the guidebooks or on Mountain Project.  Here are a few words on our favorite areas.

The Chief. The home to many of the long classic routes, but also home to many shorter classics and world class bouldering in the forest below the cliffs. There is something for everyone here. One highlight for us - the Chief has a series of incredibly good, one or two pitch 5.10 to 5.11 crack routes scattered along its base. A tour of these routes alone is worth a trip to Canada - and would include Seasoned in the Sun (10a/b), Apron Strings (10c), Exasperator (10c), Arrowroot (10b), Rutabaga (11a), Rainy Day Dream Away (10c), and A Pitch in Time (10b).  There are many, many other great routes, including a lot of 5.11 and 5.12 super classic long routes.  The Apron area contains many classic moderate routes that are 5-8 pitches long.  

 On Exasperator (5.10c), at the base of the Chief. 160 feet of perfect crack from thin fingers to thin hands. A belay mid way allows you to break this into two pitches, or rappel the route with a single 60m rope.

On Exasperator (5.10c), at the base of the Chief. 160 feet of perfect crack from thin fingers to thin hands. A belay mid way allows you to break this into two pitches, or rappel the route with a single 60m rope.

 Don on Arrowroot (5.10b). The upper part of this pitch is an excellent off-fingers splitter.

Don on Arrowroot (5.10b). The upper part of this pitch is an excellent off-fingers splitter.

 Karen leading the classic third pitch dihedral on Diedre (5.8) on the Apron.

Karen leading the classic third pitch dihedral on Diedre (5.8) on the Apron.

 On yet another classic - Calculus Crack (5.8), on the Apron.

On yet another classic - Calculus Crack (5.8), on the Apron.

 Karen at the awesome second pitch belay on Wiretap (5.10a). This excellent route is usually done as four pitches. It is located in Olesen Creek Canyon, between Shannon Falls and the Chief.

Karen at the awesome second pitch belay on Wiretap (5.10a). This excellent route is usually done as four pitches. It is located in Olesen Creek Canyon, between Shannon Falls and the Chief.

Malamute. This relatively small area across the highway from The Chief has a lot of great routes from 1-3 pitches. It's also perched directly above Howe Sound and has great views of the water. It can reportedly get more wind than many other Squamish crags - but we didn't have any issues in our time at this crag. There is a ton to do here, once you understand the crag. It’s hard to see the routes and scope of opportunities the first couple of times you visit, since you approach from above.

 Karen enjoying the view at the belay atop High Mountain Woody (5.9), at the Malamute.

Karen enjoying the view at the belay atop High Mountain Woody (5.9), at the Malamute.

Shannon Falls. Many good 1-5 pitch routes.  Classics here include Skywalker (5.8), Chewbacca (5.10a), Klahanie Crack (5.7), Local Boys Do Good (5.10d) and Jump to Lightspeed (5.10c).  After you reach the top of these routes, make sure to visit the waterfall that lies above. Hike back into the forest until you hit the obvious climber's descent trail. Go uphill until you reach the falls. It's only a few extra minutes to reach the falls and is well worth the trip.   

Smoke Bluffs. Super easy access and hundreds of excellent one pitch routes. Mostly cracks, but a few slabs and steeper sport routes. This is a good place to practice your crack technique and get used to the rock at Squamish. Crowded on weekends. Avoid the crowds by climbing early to late in the day.  

Murrin Park. Great sport climbing at the Pet Wall - mostly 5.11 and up. A smaller selection of crack classics than in some other Squamish locales, but well worth a visit.  Arrive early, especially on weekends, as the parking lot is small, and the lake here attracts many families. Great for a swim after a warm day at the crags.   

Other areas. We haven't spent much time at some of the sport climbing areas that mostly lie up canyon from town. But there is a ton here to enjoy, and you can focus completely on sport routes if that's your preference. There are a number of newer, longer sport routes up canyon, and also many one pitch routes at all grades.  Search online or in the Select guide for Area 44, Chek Canyon, Crumpit Woods, Brohm Lake and around Whistler.  

Camping

There are many camping options. Your best choice may be dictated by your arrangements (sleeping in tent or car), and your access to a vehicle. Be careful if you are looking to camp for free; It's a bit of a sore spot with locals, and the rules seem to be inconsistently enforced. If you are new to Squamish, I'd suggest you drop by the Squamish Adventure Center (on Loggers Lane, near the Smoke Bluffs parking) when you arrive. Here they have helpful people who can give you a local map, info on campsites, climbing, shopping, etc. Many of the people who provide info here are climbers/bikers and can answer just about any question you have.  There is also a nice coffee shop and wi-fi in the Adventure Center.  

Chief Campground. This campground is located right at the base of the Chief, and is in a gorgeous, cool, shaded forest. It is also the campground most densely populated with climbers - so is a good place to look for partners. Most of the sites are walk-in (58 sites). All of the walk-in sites are quite a distance from the parking. There are some car camping sites (16 sites), but they vary in quality - some great, some pretty bad. In my view, this is a good option if you will stay in a tent, want to be around other climbers, and want to be walking distance from climbing. It's a bit louder and more densely populated than the other campgrounds. Town is a couple of miles away. As of 2018, sites can't be reserved in advance. Water, bathrooms, communal cooking areas.  No showers. In 2018, $10/person per night.      

 Camping at Kinsmen Municipal Campground.

Camping at Kinsmen Municipal Campground.

Kinsmen Municipal Campground. This is a municipal campground located next to the town recreation center. It is a pretty simple flat grass campground with 30+ sites. There is good shade in some sites, but others are exposed to the afternoon sun (stay farthest west for best shade). No reservations, but not crowded and easy to get a site.  Fills up on Friday and Saturday night. Some nice things about this campground are that it is close to town (about 1 mile), usually very quiet, and is right next door to the recreation center, where you can get a shower, swim in the pool, or soak in the hot tub (there is a small fee for pool.shower access). We've stayed here for the past two years and would stay here again. About half the people that stay here are climbers - the others are mountain bikers and general summer vacationers. A great option if you are sleeping in your vehicle. But it's not in the beautiful forest like the Chief campground. Water and porta-potties only. You can also use the bathrooms as the recreation center. 14 day limit (but you can leave for 3 days and return). About $26 per night, per site.   

Mamquam River Campground. A new campground located only about a mile from the recreation center. Some nice drive-in sites, and some walk-in sites. We stayed here for a few days this past season. Mostly nice dispersed sites, some in the forest. Easy, informal process to select a site. Bathrooms, but no water, so bring your own (you can fill up on water at the Kinsmen campground).  Slack lines and communal area in the center of the campground. Walking distance to the Mamquam River, which is quite beautiful.  14 day limit.       

Chek Canyon Campground.  We have not stayed here, but many climbers who are climbing along the canyon stay here. It's about 15 miles north of Squamish, and close to the sport climbing in Chek Canyon.

Others.  There are several private campgrounds in town our nearby. Check at the Adventure Center if the above options don't work out.    

Around Town

Squamish has pretty much all the amenities you need. There are two full service grocery stores in the center of town, and also a good selection of drug stores, gas, etc. If you want any beer/alcohol you will need to visit the state liquor store, located in the same parking lot as Save-On Foods.  

The best climbing store in town is Climb On, located on Second Avenue, near Save-On Foods. Climb On has a great selection of just about any climbing gear you need (guidebooks, trad gear, big wall gear, clothes...everything). I think they sell more climbing shoes than any other store I've been in. 

There is a farmer's market on summer Saturdays.  Look around town for more info.  The downtown area, and the surrounding area have some good restaurants. Here's a few of our favorites.  

 The Watershed Grill, north of town in Brackendale, with the Chief in the background.

The Watershed Grill, north of town in Brackendale, with the Chief in the background.

Watershed Griil.  Located in Brackendale, a few miles north of Squamish. Quaint little place along the river. A bit sunny on the patio in the afternoon. The patio is best on a cloudy summer afternoon. Decent food and good atmosphere. 

Fergie's Cafe. Also located north of town. Search for it online to find the location. This is a breakfast/lunch place, and definitely our favorite restaurant in the area. Well worth a visit. Great, fresh food and tantalizing menu. Gorgeous tables in the garden. Unfortunately closed in summer 2018 due to a fire. Hopefully it will re-open (website says they plan to re-open in 2019). 

Howe Sound Brewery. Located downtown. Nice, fun atmosphere and locale.  Good local brews and excellent pizza. The other food options had mixed reviews from us. Can get crowded, especially on weekends.  

Zephyr Cafe. Good, fresh food and excellent coffee. Another of our favorites. High bandwidth wi-fi for rest days. Nice location along the main street in downtown.      

Backcountry Brewing. Good beer selection. Some food options, but mostly a brewery/bar.   

Caffe Garibaldi. This is the cafe located inside the Squamish Adventure Center. Good coffee options.  Pastries and gelato too. Nice place to hang out after climbing. Wi-fi too.

There are a few other popular places that we have not visited yet - The Copper Coil (downtown), The Salted Vine (downtown, kinda pricey), and Fuel+Forest Cafe (north of downtown, in the Garibaldi area).  There are also many chain and fast food options.  

Climbing in Leonidio, Greece

Last year we heard a few whispers about a fairly new climbing locale in Leonidio, Greece. Soon after, it graced the cover of Rock and Ice (in fall 2016), and we did a little more research. When we had about 16 days for a trip to Europe this fall, we figured we'd take a chance and spend our entire trip in Leonidio.  We had considered going to Kalymnos, but it's easier and less time consuming to get to Leonidio and we found the idea of visiting a new climbing area in Greece appealing.    

 Karen looks out on the Myrtoon Sea after a day at the Sabaton Sector.  Route development in Leonidio is ongoing at a rapid pace. The Sabaton sector is newly developed in 2017 and is not in the first edition of the local guidebook.  The sector has 57 routes, nearly all day shade, steep rock, a 5 minute approach, a nice flat base in an olive grove, and a great view of the sea.  

Karen looks out on the Myrtoon Sea after a day at the Sabaton Sector.  Route development in Leonidio is ongoing at a rapid pace. The Sabaton sector is newly developed in 2017 and is not in the first edition of the local guidebook.  The sector has 57 routes, nearly all day shade, steep rock, a 5 minute approach, a nice flat base in an olive grove, and a great view of the sea.  

Getting There and Staying There

Fly to Athens, rent a car, and drive to Leonidio. Pretty simple. Rental cars are cheap in Greece. The drive to Leonidio takes about 4 hours from the Athens airport. The first hour or so is on a toll road with shockingly little traffic (about €10 in tolls each way).  After that you'll drop south on small roads, cross through a couple of moderate sized towns, and eventually drive along the beautiful eastern shore of the Peloponnessian peninsula. 

For a small town, Leonidio has quite a few options for places to stay. There are traditional hotels, apartments, small houses, rooms, and camping. Nearly all of the people that run these establishments will be familiar with climbers. During the fall. winter and spring, climbers make up the majority of the tourism in the town. 

We stayed at Agroktima, a group of ten stone houses that are built in converted farmland. The houses are located about 2 km from town, along the road that runs from town down to the harbor. Agroktima is run by a local couple and is perfect for a climbing visit. Each house has a small living room, complete small kitchen, bed in a loft, and a nice porch. The rooms are clean and the service was super friendly and reliable. They'll bring you a basket of fresh local food every morning (included as part of your visit, no extra cost). The food is enough to easily feed two people for breakfast and lunch. Generally every day we got 4 to 5 oranges (there's a juicer in the kitchen to make your own fresh juice), breakfast pastries, two small loaves of bread, two fresh eggs, a tub of fresh yogurt with fruit, and two lunch pastries (usually a pizza type pastry, spinach pastry or cheese pastry). All of the pastries and bread were fresh and still warm. They have a nice parking lot for your rental car, and free wifi that worked pretty well. It's a couple of minute drive into Leonidio, or down to the beach. We'd stay there again - highly recommended. In fall 2017, the cost was €65 a night (except Friday nights are €75).  The majority of people staying there during our visit were climbers. They have a few copies of the local guidebooks which you can borrow.  

The local guidebook is a very good source of info on places to stay, restaurants, markets, rest day activities, etc. If you can buy it online prior to your trip, it will answer a lot of questions for you. 

 The beautiful little houses at Agroktima, where we stayed.  

The beautiful little houses at Agroktima, where we stayed.  

Here is some info on a few other options. 

Archontiko Hatzipanayiotis - This is a sort of upscale hotel right on the main road in the center of town. We didn't go inside, but it looks nice and we heard it was nice from other climbers. The owners/managers are climbers. It's easy to walk anywhere in town from here. A little pricier than Agroktima, but they do offer reduced rate deals sometimes. 

Smyros Resort - Located in the village of Poulithra, about 8 easy kilometers south of Leonidio. Gorgeous location on the water.  We didn't talk to anyone who stayed there, but it looked very nice. There are some good restaurants in Poulithra. Another relatively high end place for the area. 

Airbnb - there are many locals who offer rooms and houses for short term rentals. This is a good option if you are on a tight budget or are coming for a long term stay.  

An internet search will reveal many other options. Given the growth of climbers as a year round source of tourism dollars, I would expect more places to stay will appear every year.  

What's in Leonidio?  

Leonidio is a town of about 3500 people. It is located in the valley of the Dafnon River (the river is dry much of the year) about three kilometers from the coast. Between the town and the coast is a flat river delta that is filled with farms growing eggplants, citrus, tomatoes, peppers, olives, pears, apples, chestnuts and more. There is little commercial development in town - no chain stores or restaurants. Climbing is a new source of visitors and the town has embraced climbing and climbers. You will see signs directing you to the climbing sectors all around town and at some of the major intersections. In town there are a few gas stations, a couple of small markets, bakeries, pastry shops, and a few specialty stores.  More on restaurants below. The roads are narrow in town, and many locals get around on scooters, which they drive at a crazy pace.  It's not uncommon to see people texting on their phones while zipping their scooter thru town. Drive with care and get a small car. The locals are very friendly and helpful, though many do not speak any English.  

There is a local climbing shop in town, the Panjika Co-op. It's located a block off the main street and has beer, coffee and great snacks. This is a good place to meet other climbers and hang out at the end of the day. They have a small gear selection (ropes, quickdraws, etc).  You can also get the local guidebook here (€27, published in fall 2016). They host live music most Saturday nights.  

There is a free public parking lot along the river, about a block south and below the center of town. This is the place to park when heading into town for shopping, restaurants, or hiking to the closest climbing sectors. Parking along the main residential streets of town is not recommended.   

Restaurants

There are maybe 15 or 20 restaurants between Leonidio, the Plaka (beach area) and Poulithra (8 km south). Here are a few of the places we frequented. 

En Leonidio, 1904 - This is a pizza/Italian restaurant in the center of town. They have fantastic greek salads, but otherwise all Italian food. Good food, good atmosphere and good prices. Really nice outdoor patio. Probably our favorite place, mainly due to the quality of the salads and pizza, and the good vibe. Popular with climbers, who made up the the majority of the customers each night. 

Michel and Margaret's - Located in the plaka, Leonidio's small harbor. Here you can sit outside on the covered patio overlooking the harbor. Margaret the proprietor will greet you and tell you all about the menu options for the night. She may also bring you some fruit from her garden. Good seafood, lamb and fantastic fried potatoes. 

Myrtoon - This place is located in Poulithra, south of Leonidio. It's a nice easy drive along the coast, and well worth a visit. This restaurant is located right on the beach. You can enjoy a meal while watching the small waves crash along the pebble beach just a few meters away. Very good seafood, and a large menu with something for everyone.  

Leonidio Market - Every Monday morning there is a public market in the square across the river from the public parking area. This has a great selection of local produce at fantastic prices. It's not a large market - maybe 20 to 30 vendors in total.  Most vendors had a variety of types of produce, but a few also had fresh seafood.  Well worth a visit every Monday.   

 

 Looking down into Leonidio on the descent from the Aresos sector. 

Looking down into Leonidio on the descent from the Aresos sector. 

 The red limestone above town is the site of some great sectors, and a number of 6-8 pitch routes which climb to the rim.  

The red limestone above town is the site of some great sectors, and a number of 6-8 pitch routes which climb to the rim.  

 Hiking through town up to the Orama sector. This road is also the route to get through town and drive up to many sectors along the road to Vaskina (Aresos, Twin Caves, etc).  

Hiking through town up to the Orama sector. This road is also the route to get through town and drive up to many sectors along the road to Vaskina (Aresos, Twin Caves, etc).  

 Don't miss the market, held every Monday morning, just across the river from the public parking area.  

Don't miss the market, held every Monday morning, just across the river from the public parking area.  

 

Climbing

Leonidio has been developed to be a limestone sport climbing paradise. Most sectors are generously bolted, with routes sometimes tightly spaced. Many routes terminate at 35 meters to make it easy to complete with a 70 meter rope.  A few sectors have routes up to 40 meters. In those cases an 80 meter rope is needed (or two ropes).  We had only 70 meter ropes and had no problems.  It is not uncommon to have 13 to 15 bolts on a 30-35 meter route. The first two or three bolts are usually closely spaced and very close to the ground.  It is common for routes to have extensions - one set of anchors, and then another set of anchors higher up. Usually an extension involves 3 to 5 more bolts, and has harder climbing than the lower part of the route.  The style of anchors varies from sector to sector. Most are rings, but some have carabiners or hooks to make the lower off more convenient. 

The climbing in Leonidio spans the grades from 5a to 8c+ (5.6 to 5.14+). Anyone who climbs consistently at 6a (5.10a) or above will have hundreds of routes to choose from. Some newer guides to Leonidio have upgraded the ratings of many routes from the local guidebook. We found the ratings to be pretty consistent with the USA, although for many new routes the ratings were inconsistent. Rock quality is mostly very good, but there are plenty of new sectors with some loose rock, and some routes with very sharp rock and holds.

Here is some beta on a few other sectors we frequented.  We climb at a moderate level (6c+ and below / 5.11 and below). This list represents only a small portion of the climbing in Leonidio. New sectors are constantly in development, typically 150+ new routes every year. The potential for new crags and long routes in the valley is mind boggling. The website Climb In Leonidio keeps a fairly up to date list of sectors and routes.  The site also has other general info that will be helpful.  

Aresos. A very nice sector with some high quality route in the 6b range. This sector has only 12 routes now, but has a good view, a nice, roomy  spot to hang out, and high quality rock.  Several of the routes have extensions. The best routes here are Terpnon, Agroktima and Vervesos. All three are about 6b, and have steep, pumpy climbing for the grade, and excellent rock.  

Dornroschen. Twenty plus routes on a wall that gets early morning shade, and afternoon sun. Easy approach and mostly very good rock.  Some routes here are thin slabs with small holds, while others are steep and full of jugs.  Good variety.  A favorite route here was Nichts Its Mal Eben - steep climbing on an exposed arete (6b).  

Douvari. This sector is on the rock directly above town, and is reached by a steep hike leaving from the center of town. Expect to hike uphill for 20-25 minutes. A very popular sector for it's high density of fairly easy routes, and general good quality.  Many routes have long extensions that add steepness and difficulty - so it's easy to climb here with people of variable ability.  Routes here are closely spaced (sometimes only a few feet apart) and very well bolted.  

Elona.  High up in the Dafnon river valley, about 30 minutes drive from Leonidio is this crag and the adjacent Elona Monastery. Don't miss it, well worth a visit.  This is a higher, cooler, mostly shady crag, great for warm days.  Mostly very steep and high grade routes (7a to 8c+).  

Frydi. This small crag is located along the road to the Saint Nicolas Monastery.  The rock looks great, but we found this to be the most disappointing crag in Leonidio.  The routes are mostly contrived, with odd bolt placements, and not very enjoyable climbing.  Do yourself a favor and skip this crag.  

King of Thrones. A cool, shady wall great for warm days.  You could climb at Dornroschen (which is directly along the approach just a few minutes before this crag) in the early morning, then move here later for a full day in the shade.  Good, steep routes here from about 6b to 7c.  

Orama. This crag was developed in 2016 and was still undergoing some development when we visited. The trails to the routes are new, and some still need some work. But the rock quality is superb and the number of quality routes in a small space is amazing.  About 40 routes here (mostly 6a to 7a), plus extensions.  This wall faces south, and is best for cool or shady days.  Many routes here are a considered a bit underrated in the original 2016 guidebook, and have been upgraded in a more recent Greek guidebook.  A few of the superb quality routes include Nightfall (6b), Marauder (6b) and Kapari (now given 6b+).  

Mad Wall. A very good quality wall with many moderate routes. Fairly easy approach and good view of the sea.  Generally very warm and sunny.  About 20+ routes, mostly 5b to 6b+.  A couple of good flat spots to hang out underneath olive trees. Check out B2, Aerostato, Koukoutsi, Tsibouki, I am a Hero and Don't Panic.  All good routes in the 6a to 6b+range.   

Mars. Probably our favorite crag in Leonidio. A 30 minute hike to a relatively remote location, gets you to this fantastic crag. Gorgeous tufas, superb rock, and even more superb climbing. The crag has morning sun and afternoon shade and can be crowded. Routes are from 6b and up. Many are quite long and steep. All the routes we did were excellent.  The left side of the crag is smoother, less steep and is without tufas, but still superb quality. If you have time, plan to spend at least a few days here.   

Rocspot. This crag is located above town, directly between the Orama and Douvari sectors. About 20 mostly high quality routes on excellent red limestone.  Primarily 6a to 7a.    

Sabaton. A new sector located on the road out of town towards Athens. It is still close to town and has super easy access and all day shade.  In late 2017 there were 57 routes.  Some are excellent quality - some not so good.  Many routes are still cleaning up and will likely be even better in the future.  Well worth a couple fo visits.  

Saint Nicolas. This is a striking and beautiful valley located above town, and home to another spectacular monastery.  The most striking thing about this valley is the road and drive up to the climbing.  The road here is exceptionally steep, narrow and exposed. Not a drive for the faint of heart.  It can be negotiated in a normal, small car, but you had best be very comfortable with a manual transmission on a very steep road. Once you arrive, there is plenty of parking at the monastery. The valley has climbs on both sides of the canyon, and is a beautiful locale. We had troubles with the many goats in the valley kicking off loose rocks from above the cliffs.  Beware and wear a helmet.  Some great routes we sampled were Tado (6b) and Mono-ton (6c+).   

Skiadhianiko. An excellent crag located up canyon, below Elona. This crag has a nice approach trail and has a good variety of routes - steep, long routes and short slabby routes. Very good quality rock.  

Twin Caves. Located well above town on the road to Vaskina, the Twin Caves are another favorite.  To the left of the caves is a wall with about a dozen excellent routes from 5c to 7a.   The super classic Avgi (6b+) was our favorite.  Also good were Gumbo, Tsibouri and Nanaki.  The main cave features another 20+ steep and gorgeous looking routes, mainly 7a to 8b+.   

 

 Climbing tufas at the Mars sector. Afternoon shade and fantastic quality climbing. 

Climbing tufas at the Mars sector. Afternoon shade and fantastic quality climbing. 

 Another view of the Mars sector. To the left, out of the photo, are many routes that climb steep, smooth rock, but without the tufas shown here.  

Another view of the Mars sector. To the left, out of the photo, are many routes that climb steep, smooth rock, but without the tufas shown here.  

 The newly developed Sabaton sector.  This sector has some good routes, and some that need more traffic to get cleaned up.  The route shown here is a superb 6b+ route on mostly huge holds.  

The newly developed Sabaton sector.  This sector has some good routes, and some that need more traffic to get cleaned up.  The route shown here is a superb 6b+ route on mostly huge holds.  

 Karen hikes through the canyon of Saint Nicolas. This is a lush and beautiful canyon that is worth the visit for the climbing, the hiking, the striking monastery, and the exciting drive to and from town.  

Karen hikes through the canyon of Saint Nicolas. This is a lush and beautiful canyon that is worth the visit for the climbing, the hiking, the striking monastery, and the exciting drive to and from town.  

 Karen at the Mad Wall - a warm, sunny wall with a great view. 

Karen at the Mad Wall - a warm, sunny wall with a great view. 

 Another view of the Mad Wall. The tufts of grass and some vegetation don't interfere with the good climbing here. Well worth a visit for a good selection of moderate climbs.  

Another view of the Mad Wall. The tufts of grass and some vegetation don't interfere with the good climbing here. Well worth a visit for a good selection of moderate climbs.