Watermill

Peloponnese, GR

__Watermill__ is the village’s most trademark cliff: a stunning, eye-catching sweep of bulletproof orange and grey limestone just outside the village, with fantastic routes from 5c+ to 8b+ and a great view over the picturesque village and the bay. Myth has it that Atalanta, a huntress of the godess Artemis, was in the woods nearby when she was overcome by thirst. Dry-mouthed and desperate, she pounded her spear against the rock, and suddenly—voilà! Fresh, crystal clear mountain water sprang from the rocks! Atalanta quenched her thirst, and the carvings in the caves at the foot of the cliff are said to be ancient water basins used for dedications to the gods. Water here was reportedly so plentiful until the 1960s that it flowed freely down the cliff. There were also a handful of stone watermills around the crag. They were operational until an earthquake significantly reduced the amount of water flowing from the spring. Their ruins are still there. __Climbing__ Great quality and variety on 40 routes from 5c+ to 8b+. There are some good 6a–6c routes on grey pocketed walls, but the harder routes are the ones that really shine. Many 6c+ to 8b+ routes are outstanding, world-class climbs on tufa pipes, blobs, and steep terrain up the roof of the cave. If it’s your level, don’t miss them! __Gear__ A single 80m rope + 20 QDs. __Conditions__ Best on spring/autumn afternoons in the shade. Also good on breezy summer afternoons after 17:00. The cave to the left and the belay terrace are protected from light rain. __Shade (Exposure: NE)__ After 13:30. __Kids__ OK. The best play areas are at the start of the path.
CRAG STATISTICS
40
Routes
18109
meters climbed
778
Zlags
7a+
average grade

J F M A M J J A S O N D

Very safe
Parking
Slabs
Vertical
Roof
Exposition
312 m.
5 min.

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