Kalymnos

The information in this database was assembled by Nick Smith based on information from Aris Theodoropoulos, Steve McDonnell and the Municipal Tourist Organization of Kalymnos. Aris runs Kalymnos Climbing and is the area's main activist.

Kalymnos is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese chain of Greek islands, which include Kos and Rhodes, situated close to the Turkish mainland. While small at only 40 square miles it packs in an amazing range of routes on its limestone cliffs, and it's size makes it ideal for getting around without a hire car. The best of the climbing (at the moment) is concentrated around the small tourist town of Massouri, a 20 minute taxi ride from the island capital and ferry port of Pothia. Many quality 1 and 2-pitch sport routes from fine F4+ slabs to overhanging F8b stamina fests have been developed, with some spectacular climbing available on tufas and stalactites. Autumn and Springtime are the best times for climbing, with most crags in the shade until mid-afternoon, allowing you to enjoy a well deserved siesta on the beach or a swim in the sea after a hard morning of climbing.

Routes

3 winter routes (6a...6c)
1 dws route (6a+)
50 of the Best Routes top50
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents


Crag (click for details) No. of Routes Grade Range Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Styx
The most remote section of cliff from Massouri, requiring a 20 minute...
69
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Kastri
Kastri is composed of three cliffs, the popular venues of Kreissaal and Kastri...
46
_^--
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Palace
A small trio of cliffs around an open valley that go under the area header...
42
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

7 mins

Sheltered
Sikati Area
Two isolated and very different climbing destinations. Sikati Cave is a huge...
60
-^^^
Sport
No sun
Downhill

30 mins

Abseil
Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
Palionisos
The hidden bay of Palionisos on Kalymnos's north coast is accessed by the new...
106
-^^^
Sport
No sun
Downhill

30 mins

Sheltered
Prophitis Andreas
Two crags, one major, one minor, that are both approached from parking by the...
60
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

20 mins

Windy
Skalia Area
A fine set of cliffs scattered around the wide open amphitheatre above Skalia...
129
-^^^
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

15 mins

Windy
Cave
An interesting cliff that is a little neglected, looking out over the bay,...
30
-^--
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Windy
Galatiani
An interesting set of cliffs that are generally rather neglected, looking out...
44
--^^
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

25 mins

Seepage
Windy
Noufaro
An extensive set of cliffs that are generally rather neglected, running...
63
-^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Arhi
160
-^^^
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Seepage
Windy
Sea Breeze
Sea Breeze and the associated Pocket Wall are a couple of excellent sunny crags...
98
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Seepage
Windy
Arginonta
The long cliff above the village of Arginota is another well-visited...
81
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

7 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Arginonta Skyline
The remote (and quiet) cliffs of Haut de Gorge, Ovoland and Little Verdon make...
62
-^^-
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

35 mins

Windy
Vathy Valley
A collection of four cliffs that are reached from the road that cuts through...
117
^^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Downhill

25 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Summertime
A set of north facing cliffs that offer shady climbing in the hotter months. A...
73
-^^^
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

20 mins

Seepage
Windy
Kasteli Area
A couple of popular cliffs both with a decent set of middle grade routes....
72
-^--
Sport
Lots of sun!
Downhill

10 mins

Sheltered
North Cape Area
Above the road by Dolphin Bay is the small crag indifferent crag of Apollo -...
69
-^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Odyssey
114
^^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
Olympic Wall Area
The impressive right-hand one of these two fine cliffs in a magnificent...
57
--^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

35 mins

Seepage
Windy
Iliada
78
-^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

20 mins

Seepage
Windy
Spartacus Area
110
-^^^
Sport
Evening sun
Uphill

20 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Grande Grotta Area
80
--^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

17 mins

Windy
Kalydna Area
112
-^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Poets Area
69
_^^-
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

Seepage
Windy
Myrties Area
81
-^^-
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Symplegades Area
78
-^^-
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Chora/Pothia Area
59
_^^^
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
St Photis
95
_^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

35 mins

Seepage
Sheltered
Telendos
Most climbers visit Telendos at least once on their climbing trips to Kalymnos...
287
^^^^
Sport
No sun
Up and Down

0 mins

 
  • Latest Comments

    For Kalymnos

    Mythologie (Iliada)
    "I thought it was more like a long 7a+!" 27/Oct

    Thetis (Arhi)
    "doesn't get less soapy over the years ... anyway: nice route!" 03/Oct top50

    Polifemo (Odyssey)
    "Onsighted and seemed fair at solid benchmark 7c." 28/May top50

    Axium (Skalia Area)
    "7a about right and it only gets that because of the finish. the climbing up to t..." 06/Jul

    Joy in the Garden (Skalia Area)
    "Very joyful 6a+ climbing on this 28 mtrs route." 06/Jul top50

    Axium (Skalia Area)
    "If Thimari is 7a+ (reasonable here), this one is 6c!" 06/Jul

    Dolonas (Iliada)
    "super route - big roof but bouldery! not it has an extention - " Valley of ..." 12/Dec

    Palamas (Poets Area)
    "This route is now ranked 6c Worth doing - be carefull, crux is just over a vir..." 27/Sep

    Gladiator (Spartacus Area)
    "Really quality route, 3* for sure for me. Varied pumpy climbing on tufas blobs a..." 08/Jun top50

    Dafni (Skalia Area)
    "Easier than totenhansel" 04/Jun

    Polifemo (Odyssey)
    "Harder than many kalymnos 7c's, but probably ok when you've got the move sorted...." 26/Apr top50

    Ektor (Iliada)
    "The crux is much harder than the rest of the route which slightly spoils it in m..." 15/Apr

    Rognol (Galatiani)
    "Take care to a loose flake and some doubtful holds." 23/Mar

    Calipso (Odyssey)
    "Start now very polished. I had to slap a move with my feet threatening to pop. T..." 19/Nov

    Damokles (Kasteli Area)
    "Stay left of the bolts on the upper wall to claim the 6a." 10/Nov

    Pipe Cleaner (Poets Area)
    "Very nic tufa climbing, but over-rated: 7a+ seems right, as written on the rock...." 08/Nov

    Pindaros (Poets Area)
    "Oct 09, Lower off complete with crab and chain." 23/Oct

    Ixion (Kalydna Area)
    "Another great pitch. Easier than Nickel. I thought 7a was sufficient." 19/Oct

    Ibria (Poets Area)
    "Sharp at the crux." 19/Oct

    Ziegen Peter (Spartacus Area)
    "In the local guide book, Ziegen Peter is 18m, and the 6b Astree extension is ano..." 05/Oct

    Beautiful Helen (Iliada)
    "I must agree with Iain. This one is a contender for the best 6a+ route I've ever..." 11/Sep top50

    Aphrodite (Grande Grotta Area)
    "graded 7a+ in the guide, agree with that; the crux its quite polished" 15/Jan

    Ne pas toucher a ma bit (Arhi)
    "the correct grade is 8a+" 13/Jan

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