Stontzi is a climbing rock just north of the village of Pades, one of the villages that act as trail-heads for Smolikas. The rock is located in amazing scenery between Smolikas and Timfi, with many routes for Intermediate to Expert climbers.
The rock was fitted with bolts for sports climbing in 2009 after a large contribution of the villages cultural society and with the contribution of volunteers.
The best time to climb in the area is between April and November, with the best season being the summer since the elevation keeps the area cool. Due to the orientation of the rocks it is also possible to climb all day long since one is East and one West resulting in at least one being on the shade all day.
Also there is a freshwater spring directly next to the rock.
The rock is just north of the village of Pades, so after reaching the village head left and follow the signs saying 'Towards the climbing fields' you will reach a small church at (40.043936, 20.908148) from there you will have to walk for 2 mins to reach the base of the rock.
|Route Number||Name||Translated Name||Grade (Sport)||Length|
|1||Road Sweet Home|
|2a||Fantomas extention||Ghost man extension||7a/7a+||30m|
|7||Oneiro Kai Trayma||Dream and Trauma||6b||25m|
|8||Ntetekitv Gia Ta Mbaza||Shitty Detective||6b+||18m|
|8a.||Ntetektiv Gia Ta Mbaza Extension||Shitty Detective extension||6c+||35m|
|16||Mia Fora kai Enan Kairo||Once Upon a Time||6c||28m|
|17||Power and Passion|
|21|| Artemis Matsas|| ||6a+|| |
What to bring
You should bring at least 70m (230ft) of rope and 15 quickdraws.
This would be the camping section but there is no need to camp as the rock is directly inside a village. You can check the links provided below and reserve a bed at one of the two lodges.