One of the most impressive and unique places in Greece, as well as an important geological phenomenon, is Meteora area. Located on the northwest side of Thessaly region, near Pindos Mountains and Pinios river, Meteora is a huge cluster of dark rocks, widely known for the seven orthodox monasteries, build on top of some of the rock pillars. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, these amazing limestone and granite pinnacles, attract visitors from all over the world especially during Spring and Autumn.
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Rock Climbing in Shark’s Fin Route, Torres del Paine, Magallanes Chile
Waterfalls and rivers, Magellanic sub-polar forests, pampas, mountains covered with permanent ice, granite peaks, meadows and glacier fed lakes await the outdoor adventurers to discover the wild and unique nature of Patagonia. Shark’s Fin route is located in the French Valley, between Los Cuernos and Cerro Paine Grande. The climb includes eleven pitches with grade V difficulty, going up on the west side of the ridge.
Once you reach the top, the view of the nature around you is overwhelming with outstanding ecosystems, different landscapes and rare flora and fauna, found nowhere else on the planet. You can spend the night over, camping at the base of the valley at Campomento Italiana or Campomento Brittanico, which is located behind the walls. In every step you take, the views of this dramatic land take your breath away. The risk of avalanches is high in the area of the French Valley, so it is best to take a guided tour if you are visiting for the first time.
The best time to climb the Shark’s Fin route is between October through February. Be very well prepared in regards with gear, food and clothing because the weather is unpredictable with high winds, rain showers, long hot days during summer, snow and everything else you may think of. Wind proof layers are the key.
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