Climbing trip in Kalymnos

We will post a full report of our climbing trip to Kalymnos later, but here are some highlights and photos.

Galatiani sector, Telendos Island behind (© A. Gatta)
Galatiani sector, Telendos Island behind (© A. Gatta)

Kalymnos (Greece) has become a World famous climbing destination in just a few years. We must say that this reputation is well deserved; with about 2,000 routes – many of them fantastic -, short and easy access, friendly local people, amazing scenery and a pretty good climate, all the conditions are met to make it a unique place.

Amazing cave of Grande Grotta, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)
Amazing cave of Grande Grotta, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)

We climbed in 9 different sectors, from the super famous Grande Grotta to the more isolated Galatiani.

Galatiani sector, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)
Galatiani sector, Kalymnos(© P. Gatta)

Among all sectors, Sikati Cave was by far the most impressive one. It is a massive hole in the ground of 60 meters of diameter and 70 meters high.

On the way to Sikati Cave, Kalymnos(© A. Gatta)
On the way to Sikati Cave, Kalymnos (© A. Gatta)

The impressive Sikati Cave, Kalymnos(© A. Gatta)
The impressive Sikati Cave, Kalymnos (© A. Gatta)

Most routes in Sikati Cave are long and overhanging with tufas and stalactites everywhere. Anna had a nice fight there, onsighting Laurent …y’a quelqu’ un, a beautiful 7c.

Anna in Ou est l'equipe, Sikati Cave, Kalymnos (© Jan Novak)
Anna in Ou est l’equipe, Sikati Cave, Kalymnos (© Jan Novak)

For me the longest battle – 50 minutes – was in Fun de Chichunne, a 40 meter long 8a in the roof of Grande Grotta. What a route!

Philippe in Grande Grotta, Kalymnos (© A. Gatta)
Philippe in Grande Grotta, Kalymnos (© A. Gatta)

We also enjoyed Odyssey and Spartacus sectors, both having many good routes.

Spartacus and its famous Danyboy 8a in the center, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)
Spartacus and its famous Daniboy 8a in the center, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)

We climbed 9 days, 7 hours a day and we only sent 50+ routes out of the 2,000 bolted on the Island.

Odyssey sector, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)
Odyssey sector, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)

One thing is for sure, we have to go back there…

Fishermen on their way back to Masouri, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)
Fishermen on their way back to Masouri, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)

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