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Armenian First Ascent Open Festival - May 22-23, 2011 Bouldering site at Chiva village
Written by Mkhitar Mkitaryan   
Thursday, 02 June 2011
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This amazing bouldering site, on the slopes of the mountains above the Chiva village, was discovered by Jared Nielson. It’s located some 15km closer than Noravanq Canyon when you drive from Yerevan. There are countless boulders with a huge potential of hundreds of bouldering problems from V0 to V8 and higher. There are two large flat areas among the boulders which may serve as campsite.

The area is somewhat isolated from the nearby village and population. However, some 200m of offroad will get you to the asphalt after which 5min of drive will lead you exactly to the village. There you can buy food and fill the water containers to hang out at the bouldering site for next day. Surrounded by the mountains, you get a miraculous view of them on the background.

We got to this campsite in the evening of May 22. It was the next small surprise for the event participants to have another location and rock formation during the event, where they could do some bouldering first ascent. From the other side we had an opportunity to estimate the potential of the area by the feed back of the event participants. At midnight Andranik and Gri-gri(Grigor) drove to the camp with a B-day cake for Aurelia Schwarzmann, on May 23 she became 25. Well, some had already fallen asleep but it still was the best “cake-time” as on May 23 afternoon Aurelia was going to leave for Yerevan.
From the next morning till afternoon we climbed several bouldering problems on some 5 boulder blocks close to the camp. Couple of attractive lines remained as projects due to time constraints. In the afternoon the event crew went to Noravanq Canyon.

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The list of FAs of the bouldering problems at Chiva Blocks

Block 1
Problem Grade FA
AV3Caroline North
BV3Caroline North
CV2Nasim Eshqi
Block 2 A V4 Caroline north
Block 3 With a Help of Nature V0 Andrea Poppova
May 23V0Aurelia Schwarzmann

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