Warm and sunny Greece in December

Kiparissi, Watermill sectorBlue sea, whitewashed houses with blue covers, red rocks, oranges and eternal summer – this is our idea of Greece. But when you go in December, it is possible only to dream about it and is well that the downjacket and the gloves are a permanent part of your backpack.

Our destination was Leonidio – small village at the sea coast, at 1000 km from Sofia, for which we wouldn’t  know anything if it wasn’t  surrounded by a spectacular red-orange rocks with numerous tufas. A group of Greek and German climbers begin to develop the site in 2012. Light upon in paradise untouched rocks, with enormous potential, they work hard and many sectors and routes appear soon. They organized climbing meeting, make a site and guidebook. “The drillers” find new and new sectors, clean, drill, work hard and in 2016 there is over 950 route, divided into 50 sectors. Like any large and well-known crag, and here you can find a “climbing” bar – a place for a beer after climbing, for meetings, for talking, for listening music. The bar is very well combined with a shop where you can find the basics of the equipment – chalk, quickdraw, harnesses… You can eat, looking the guidebook and seeking for a suitable sector for the next day. The bar owners  – cooperative Panjika, have tried to make a very nice and detailed guidebook with good explanations of how to get to the sectors and with nice pics.

Climbing… The climbing is lovely – bright red rock, like on Mars, “tufas”, pockets, 50-meter routes… The sectors are all facing – clean south for not so warm Greece, southwest, southeast, and when it is really hot, you will find the coolness of the northern cliffs. You can find routes have for every taste – long, short, with tufas, with pockets, slabs, overhangs. After a hard climbing day, the cold seawater in December is very good for recovery (or so it says in the books).

There are various options for accomcdation in the area. You can choose between a house with all – bed, kitchen, bathroom, Wi-Fi, tent in a camping or just on the beach. In the village you’ll find a supermarket, with everything you need. From small shops you can find homemade wine, olive oil and olives, and the bakery offer several kinds of bread. You’ll be addicted to the local oranges and tangerines. In case you get tired of the landscape around Leonidio, a beautiful mountain road after 60 kilometers, will lead you to Kiparissi. The road is brand new and passes through the mountains, revealing beautiful sea views. Kiparissi is small, incredibly beautiful village with white houses on the beach. The routes around it are divided into several sectors. The area began to be developed in October 2016 and there are many more not found and not developed rocks. Undoubtedly, the most impressive of all is the sector Babala – quality rock with amazing steep tufas… The only problem is if you missed the training – it is better that you send the 8a’s fast. But even the routes of this sector are hard for you, you can find many other places for climbing here. Small and well done guidebook, you can download from here. The area is not as big as Leonidio, but definitely worth seeing.

New model Go Climbing knee bar pad – Acrisuis

Knee bar pad Go Climbing, Acrisius modelThe new model of the knee-pad Go Climbing, Acrisius, was created specifically for those climbers who are addicted to the most minor things and minimalist vision. With two buckles, the knee pad Acrisius is lighter and more compact than Danaë pad. But this knee pad isn’t less effedtive for painful or precise knee bars. For details, visit the page of the knee bar pad Acrisius. Waiting for more photos. Enjoy the climbing!

Free your body

Free rocks with top Go ClimbingFree your body, your mind, your consciousness, your soul… and a million of  bullshit. But, mostly free yourself 🙂 First of all, free yourself of prejudices. A beautiful bulgarian with a top Notos climbs Free rocks, 7b+, Little cave, Vratsa.

La vie en rose with Go Climbing

Go Climbing top Notos - pinkSummer provokes us with its long hot days when we often dream of a cocktail on the beach, rather than climbing. The most girlish accessory Go Climbing – pure pink top Notos, is ready to welcome the sunset in the mountains or at sea, or climb the hard project. I wish a lot of climbing, smiles and a life in pink of his owner!

Size of the tops Go Climbing

Size of the tops Go ClimbingThe preparing for the upcoming climbing season starts! Whether you return to old projects or looking for new challenges, climbing tops Go Climbingwill be up to you prepared for your desires.

The most significant moment in ordering clothing which we can’t try is the size – “What is the right size for me?”. The easiest way to choose the right size tank top for you is the scheme and size table based on European standards. Of course, there remains the possibility to order a shirt just around you. More details and photos of the tops Go Climbing you can see the page.

Size of the knee pads Go Climbing

Sizes of the knee pad Go ClimbingKnee bar pads Go Climbing have two sizes which are suitable for almost all climbers. Generally, climbers have a chicken leg, and the small size is used by both men and women. But of course, there are exceptions (men with normally developed legs), and knee bar pads Go Climbing have a larger size. If, by some chance, your leg is bigger or smaller, it is possible to order a knee pad, especially for you.

The size S – M is suitsble if the round of the thigh is from 40 to 46 cm., and M – L – from 47 to 52 cm. More details and schema of the sizes can be found on page of  the knee bar pad.

How to climb, when it’s cold

Gaiters Go ClimbingThe best season for climbing – autumn goes away, but the desire to climb outdoor remains. Winter has come, the days are already short and cold, but we still have projects to climb. This is not so terrible if the crag where we want to climb is south facing. We need a quiet sunny day, clothes, desire and skills on how to use all this to turn a cold day in a perfect climbing day. When we climb a hard rout we know very good that the most important thing is good friction, wich is better at lower temperatures.

First we need to know which crags are suitable for climbing during the winter. If the temperature is -2 most important thing is that the rocks are on the sun. We have to consider that as the winter sun is low on the horizon, it is possible to hide earlier behind a hill and thus makes a climbing day much shorter. It is also good to know whether the rocks are exposed to a constant air or it is rather quiet. If it is sunny and quiet, even at a temperature of -5 degrees, rocks are heated and the climbing can be quite comfortable.

We all know that clothes are the most powerful weapon against the cold. Anyone who wants to climb on the sports crags during the winter, must have down jacket. Not a slim, city, beautiful down jacket, but a TICK down jacket. When we decide to choose a jacket, we have to think of some things. First, the down jacket must be appropriate size – big enough so that we can put on with more clothes and the sleeves have to be long enough. It is better to have a hood because sometimes the hat is highly insufficient. Down jacket warm much more if it have a dual seams. Another important thing is to choose a down jacket filled mostly with down, not with feathers. Down retain mich more air, thereby is a better insulator than the feather. This is checked very easily by groping carefully the filling – the feathers are hard. The last important thing for down jacket is the volume. Winnie the Pooh is again right – with more down is warmer. Approaches to sports crags are usually short enough, so that the volume and weight aren’t important.

Besides down jacket is important to know what else to put on, because there comes a time when we remove the jacket and start climbing. The best in this case is a thin woolen underwear. Synthetic alternatives aren’t warm enough and smells bad. Over woolen underwear is god to have polar with high collar. If it’s really cold it is necessary to have a scarf and, of course, a hat. During the winter we must wear legging under the pants. It’s better that the legging is woolen, but this is not as important. Most important is to be comfortable. Put on a wide climbing pants and trying to get rid of the feeling that we are like the little man on Michelin.

The socks are also very important for preserving heat. It is good that they are thick, wool and long. The bad thing is that climbing shoes can’t be pull on with socks. And when you take off the socks, the ankles remains unprotected. To protect them from the cold is better to have thin polar gaiters to cover them.

The biggest problem in climbing when it’s cold is the freezing of the fingers. They become insensitive and we can’t feel if we hold the crimp or not. Thick woolen gloves partially solve this problem. But what usually occurs is that when we start climbing, hands, just out of the warm gloves still have sensitivity, but soon freeze and lose it. There are two very effective ways to warm up the hands. Both are based on the principle that when you enter a lot of blood in fingers, they become warm. If there is snow, the best way is to make a snowball and keep it in hands until we didn’t feel the cold. Then put the gloves and prepare for the hellish pain that comes with warming. But once warmed in this way, it’s very hard to freeze it again. If you decide to try this method, you must be prepared for nasty pain once in cooling and the second time in warming. When there is no snow, it needs to find another way to warm up your hands. The easiest way is to do very energetic circles with your arms until we feel strong warming. This way also works well if we spend enough time whisking the hands with gloves. To be able to climb in the winter we need to pay particular attention to warm the hands befor climbing.

The fire was discovered a long time ago and on cold days it’s good to have it. Beside  to stand around and hypnotic to watch, we can use it to warm up different parts of your body and equipment – chalk bag, climbing shoes, kneepads, socks. For climbing shoes good solution is to keep them in down jacket when we don’t climb, but the fire does a better job. If we use knee pads is good to be warm when we start climbing, because the cold rubber have worse friction.

Before climbing we need a good warming up. It’s good to run a little with all clothes. It’s a little difficult and uncomfortable because with all the clothes, running is more rolling, but does a good job. Cup of hot tea is irreplaceable in the winter. This makes the thermos required part of our equipment. If we don’t have a termos it’s good that the bottle of water is near to the fire.

When we decide we are ready for climbing, we take off all of warm clothes and are ready for sending. However, in the cold, sunny winter day, the conditions were perfect for climbing, if we know how to use them. The pleasure that you climb on the ricks, although all your friends explain in details how crazy are you, is great and worth the efforts.But don’t forget that the best things happen when you give a lot of yourself!

With tank tops Go Climbing during the winter

Go Climbing top Notos - green, bleuDespite the snow, the ice and negative temperatures, four tops Go Climbing travel to its owner, to make them happy with beautiful colors and patterns. Really unusual order for the cold winter, but the lady and her daughter, foresight demanded two scarf Go Climbing Clotho. I wish them many a lot of unforgettable moments together, many colorful smiles and sunny days!

Merry Christmas

Go Climbing Merry ChristmasGo Cimbing and Santa Claus wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Let’s all of you have a lot of good climbing, exciting trips all over the world, BIG smiles and fairy dreams!

Easy payment

Go ClimbingNow you can pay your ordered accessories Go Climbing by your PayPal account. In case you don’t live in Bulgaria, this is the easiest, most convenient, safe and inexpensive option for paying your desired knee bar pads, hoodies, climbing tops, and whatever else you want. You only need to choose your model, size and color and to make an order. More details can be found on page Order and payment.

Of course, there is the option to pay by bank transfer if that is more convenient way for you.

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