Photo du Jour #83: The Meteora Rock Climber – Greece

Meteora-rock-climber-Adrachti-Greece

“It’s not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.” -Gustav Mahler

Look carefully at the top of the dramatic, finger-like rock formation, and you’ll see a tiny human silhouette.

Enjoying dinner in Meteora, Greece, home to magnificent monasteries perched upon mountaintops, we were awed watching this rock climber reach the top of a formation called Adrachti, which translates to ‘spindle’ in Greek. Once he arrived at the summit, the climber admired the sunset for a time, before quickly descending.

An afternoon later, we would hike to the base of Adrachti, gaining an even greater appreciation for this climber’s great accomplishment. We pondered how much longer this odd formation will remain standing, and how it came to be formed.

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22 Comments on “Photo du Jour #83: The Meteora Rock Climber – Greece

    • Even more impressive when you can see how rugged/steep the formation is from down below. It seemed unstable ‘balancing’ like that, but I know it’s a popular formation for Meteora climbers.

      Have you done some rock climbing?

      • Hi Tricia – I did a little bit of clambering about as a young thing – not proper rock climbing by any means but a bit of scaling down cliffs on dodgy ropes like the Famous Five. Now – I wouldn’t be quite so game. Fantastic image to have captured.

    • Hopefully his climbing partner could play paparazzo then! :)

      I was hoping we might see the climbers on their way back to the village, because I thought it would be nice to share the images I snapped. Alas, they descended so quickly, and then seemingly disappeared.

    • He sure did, Tina. His rope looked a bit like a spider’s line from far away. There was another climber with him too. Having only wall-climbed indoors twice, I have such appreciation for this feat.

    • It sure is, Alli! These Greek formations are quite popular with rock climbers. During our week in Meteora, we saw climbers tackling the numerous formations every day. Braver than me!

      • Thank you (with credit to the climber who made the picture). I know you’ve island hopped throughout Greece, but I recommend seeing these fascinating monasteries and natural wonders the next time you’re there.

    • Hi Jo, we pinch ourselves almost every day, acknowledging how lucky we are to be on such adventures. Visiting the Meteora monasteries has certainly been one of the greatest highlights thus far, though. Such gorgeous natural and manmade beauty! I know you’ve travelled to the Greek islands before, but have you spent much time on the mainland?

      • Very little. Only to Halkidiki when James was small. I never even made it to Thessalonika. My life is full of wasted opportunities. But then, everybody makes choices. :)

      • Jo, we heard a lot about Halkidiki when we were in Skopje and Ohrid, Macedonia. It sounds as though it was quite the long Easter weekend getaway spot.

        The fun thing about travel is that you’ll never know when the opportunity will present itself to see a spot you thought you’d previously missed. I was pleasantly surprised once or twice this spring (while exploring the Balkans) because we got to see cities that I’d previously missed years ago.

        Hope the sun is shining by you today! :)

  1. That is indeed an amazing rock. And what an experience it must have been to follow the setting sun from the top of it. As it must have been a nice experience for you. Thanks for sharing,

    • I can imagine how gorgeous the view must have been from Adrachti’s top. Even at the formation’s base the surrounding rocks’ unique coloring and swirls looked magical.

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