When Sam Bie emailed me about their wish to visit Armenia with Alex Chabot and establish new routes on basalt columns then I realized that the rock climbing is going to rise on the new level in Armenia.


On the end of rainy Apr, these guys with assistance of Pippa-Pips Planques arrived Yerevan, from our side Luca Keushguerian and me joined the crew. During two rainy weeks Chabot made 3 trad routes on Basalt columns and one trad, two sport routes in Noravank canyon.

Garni Gorge:

  • “Pixelisation” 5.12a, 42m

Arpa Gorge:

  • “Our desire is Organs” 5.12c, 36m
  • “Pencils” 5.11b, 38m

Noravank Canyon:

  • “Take Off” R1 – 5.11b 30m, R2 – 5.12d 30m, R3 – 5.12a, 35m, R3 – 5.10d 45m.
  • “Richter Scale” 5.11a, 32m
  • “Flake Appeal” 5.9 52m, (trad)     


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