Kranochori Kavala

Climbing in Kranochori, Kavala prefecture

The climbing sector of Kranochori is the newest in the area of Kavala and it has been equipped with routes in the beginning of 2009. It includes about 20 routes, that are all of sportive character and they address to climbers of any level. It is a very beautiful climbing sector and it remains cool during the summer. It has western orientation meaning you can exploit the routes inside the dome any time of the year. The only routes that you cannot climb before 4-5 o’clock during the summer are number 1&2.

Access

Driving from Thessaloniki, you take the exit to Kavala and then change your direction towards Drama. You pass the village Amygdaleonas and you continue for 2klm more, until you get to a crossroad where you turn towards Palia Kavala-Lekani-Koryfes (the crossroad is right after the store “Jumbo”). The total distance from Kavala is about 30klm. After that, you will see on your right the village Polynero. You turn there, and by the time you enter the village you will see a small sign for Kranochori. You drive to Kranochori for about 500m and then you will see a basin on your left. Next to it you have to check for a small red arrow. You can park there and follow the path as you can see in the photo. The path is signed with a redcolor spray and following the direction of the arrows will make your life easier until you get to the rocks. It is an easy-walking path and it takes about 20min. It is important to keep in mind that around the whole area there is no cellphone signal and so you have to be sure abour how to get to the climbing sector, as well as how to return from there, too.

All the routes are 15-30m long.

The climbing sector of Kranochori is the newest in the area of Kavala and it has been equipped with routes in the beginning of 2009. It includes about 20 routes, that are all of sportive character and they address to climbers of an level. It is a very beautiful climbing sector and it remains cool during the summer. It has a western orientation and so you can exploit the routes inside the dome any time of the year. The only routes that you cannot climb before 4-5 o’clock are number 1&2.

How to get there

Driving from Thessaloniki, you take the exit to Kavala and then change your direction towards Drama. You pass the village Amygdaleonas and you continue for 2klm more, until you get to a crossroad where you turn towards Palia Kavala-Lekani-Koryfes (the crossroad is right after the store “Jumbo”). The total distance from Kavala is about 30klm. After that, you will see on your right the village Polynero. You turn there, and by the time you enter the village you will see a small sign for Kranochori. You drive to Kranochori for about 500m and then you will see a basin on your left. Next to it you have to check for a small red arrow. You can park there and follow the path as you can see in the photo. The path is signed with a redcolor spray and following the direction of the arrows will make your life easier until you get to the rocks. It is an easy-walking path and it takes about 20min. It is important to keep in mind that around the whole area there is no cellphone signal and so you have to be sure abour how to get to the climbing sector, as well as how to return from there, too.

All the routes are 15-30m long.

Some special thanks to the climbers of Kavala for the valuable information about the climbing sectors and especially to mr. Chtenas Athanasios for all the above details.

Climbing Routes Table:

Κρανοχώρι Καβάλας

NumNameGradeDescription
1.Bora bora6a25m, τεχνικό σκαρφάλωμα στο τελείωμα
2.Kymatica6b25m, ισορροπιστικό ξεκίνημα
3.Palm friction8a/8a+παλμός και σκληρό τελείωμα(boulder)
4.Ουρανός σφονδύλι7b+10m, καλά πιασίματα σε άρνηση, μακρινές κινήσεις, εύκολο onside(ξεκινάει μέσα από την σπηλιά)
a.Lara Croft8a (?)Αρχίζει όπως η 4 και τραβερσάρει πρός τα αριστερά
5.Colpo Grosso8a/8a+crux στην μέση. Τρισδιάστατο σκαρφάλωμα. Ξεκινάει από έξω
5a.Cuba libre8bξεκίνημα όπως 5 σκληρό crux πριν το ρελέ.
6.Zeight Geist7cδιάρκεια full rest, full crux!
7.Ελευθερία7a20m, σκληρό crux μετά το rest. Δύσκολο για κοντούς
7a. Ελευθερία Παραλαγή6cξεκινάει από 7, αποφεύγετε την μακρινή κίνηση και συνεχίζοντας απο αριστερά της
7b.Snoop doggy dog7a+/7b (?)ξεκινάει αριστερά από την 7 σε σκληρές κινήσεις και συνεχίζει στην 7a
8.Η παξιμαδοκλέφτρα6c/6c+σκληρή για την βαθμολογία της
9.Ο αρχηγός τον μασάει7a+αν έχετε πρόβλημα με τις μακρινές ασφάλειες αφήστε το καλύτερα
10.Εμπόλεμη ζώνη6cτεχνικό σκαρφάλωμα σε δίεδρο
11.Παιδικές φοβίες7c (?)crux στη μέση
12.Γαργάρα8c/8c+αριστούργημα
12a. Guanabana (project)8c+/9a (?)τελειώνουν τα crux της 12, τραβέρσα με πολύ σκληρές boulder κινήσεις στα αριστερά και μπαίνεις στα crux της 18a. Ίδιο τελείωμα
13.Αιμομιξία7cπαλμός πριν το τελείωμα
13a.Αιμομιξία Extension8a/8a+μετά το ρελέ τραβέρσα πρός τα αριστερά
14.Loco mondo7c+ίδιο τελείωμα με την 13
14a.Loco mondo Extension8a/8a+ίδιο με την 13a
15.Poison ivy8a+σκαρφάλωμα σε tufas παλμός στο τελείωμα
15a.Poison ivy Extension8b/8b+διάρκεια σε δύναμη
16.Living asto8aδύσκολο ξεκίνημα μακρινές κινήσεις
17.Asto lady7c+/8aξεκίνημα όπως η 16 και στην 3η ασφάλεια αριστερά στην 18 και ίδιο τελείωμα
18.Thank you lady7b+τεχνικό σκαρφάλωμα σε μικρά πιασίματα
18a.Sorry father8b+/8c (?)πολύ σκληρές κινήσεις
19.Ο φαφλατάς6aζέσταμα
20.The power of dragon6cδύσκολο ξεκίνημα για κοντούς

Credits: Ευχαριστούμε θερμά τους αναρριχητές της Καβάλας για τις πολύτιμες πληροφορίες των αναρριχητικών πεδίων και ιδίως τον κ. Χτενά Αθανάσιο για όλες τις παραπάνω λεπτομέρειες.

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