(Climbing on the Basalt columns is now Banned) May 5, 2013 Please check Up The Rocks website for current info.
Armenia is a small landlocked country in the southern Caucasus Mountains. Beyond its numerous high peaks--Mt. Aragats the tallest at 4095m and a dozen others above 3000m--its limestone provides many sport, trad, mp, and bouldering possibilities for the adventurous spirit. The most stunning formation is Armenia’s hexagonal basalt columns. Many basalt formations are fragile, national monuments yet some can be climbed (5.7 cracks to 5.12) with a bit of local knowledge. All areas are easily accessible by car and within a couple hours from the capital, Yerevan—a refreshingly safe, easy-going place, which welcomes tourists. Despite the fact that the rugged landscape seems made for climbing, it is relatively untapped with under 100 named routes to date. The small climbing community, however, is vibrant and growing. The capital now has a small indoor climbing wall and the biennial climbing festival, Up The Rocks invites climbers from around the world to help establish areas and enjoy the local culture. Springtime is the rainy season. Autumn and May-June are great times to climb. Comfortably climbing in July and August is difficult as temps push triple digits.
Fly into Yerevan.
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