The most impressive climbing slope in Crete. It is exactly above the SAMARIA GORGE. The approach to the site demands a one hour walk from the hiking trail or from the entrace to the gorge, KSILOSKALO. About 15 courses have been opened and there are many parellel ones. The difficulty level ranges from V to VII, at the most. Because of the rough terrain, there is no rigging for permenent safe gaurds. The height ranges from 400m to 800m. This site is for those who worship challenging courses.
It is the jewel of the White Mountains. The hike from OMALOS is about 1-1/2 hours or 5 km along a rural road. The shelter is situated above the gorge of SAMARIA with a unique view of the White Mountains. It is open from April until the end of October to welcome hikers and tired travellers. (Περισσότερα στοιχεία & φωτογραφία στην ακόλουθη ιστοσελίδα)
The mountain refuge at Kalergis can be reached from a road on the left, 1km before the entrance to Samaria. It is about 5km uphill. The refuge is at 1,680 metres above sea level and can provide comfortable overnight accommodation (40 beds). Some major paths to the peaks of the Lefka Ori start from here. Details can be found at the EOT office in Chania or through the Mountaineering Club of Chania.
This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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