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

1 trad route ()
627 sport routes (...)
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 Page
Seaside Kitchen
Known as 'Ghost-Kitchen' in the local guide. Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
24
_-^-
Sport
      -
Cave
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
20
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Sport
      -
Galatiani
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
21
----
Sport
      -
Black Forest
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
8
_--_
Sport
      -
Belgian Chocolates
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
31
_^--
Sport
      -
Arhi
Arhi means ‘beginning’ in Greek and this was where it all started a few years...
60
-^^^
Sport
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

5 mins

Sheltered
9
Sea Breeze
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
26
-^-_
Sport
      -
Summertime
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
18
---_
Sport
      -
Kastelli
Kastelli has some of the best lower grade climbs on the island, with some...
34
-^_-
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

10 mins

  13
North Cape
This is the long wall across the hillside from Odyssey. It has a small set of...
24
_^--
Sport
      -
Odyssey
Odyssey is the most extensive and arguably the best crag yet developed on...
64
-^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

15 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
15
Ocean Dream
A slab of perfect grey rock set amidst some impressive rock scenery. The...
18
----
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

60 mins

  -
Iliada
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
33
_^^-
Sport
      -
Grande Grotta
Perched high over the town of Armeos, and visible from most of the apartment...
105
-^^^
Sport
Evening sun
Uphill

30 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered
23
Poets
The closest cimbing to most of the climber’s accommodation on Kalymnos is the...
68
_^^^
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

  32
Symblegades Petres
Not included in the MiniGUIDE.
40
_^^-
Sport
      -
Monastery
This small crag, with a good set of mid-grade routes, is situated to the south...
19
_---
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

25 mins

Sheltered
-
Saint Photis
This relatively recently developed crag offers a small set of good routes in a...
15
_---
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

30 mins

  -
  • Latest Comments

    For Kalymnos

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

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

    Joy in the garden (Seaside Kitchen)
    "Very joyful 6a+ climbing on this 28 mtrs route." 06/Jul top50

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

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

    Dafni (Seaside Kitchen)
    "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 (Kastelli)
    "Stay left of the bolts on the upper wall to claim the 6a." 10/Nov

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

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