Grande Grotta Cave

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This unique and spectacular cave is all the reason you need to visit Kalymnos. Huge tufa-systems and massive stalactites make for some classic stamina routes on big holds such as the superb DNA (7a+), Aegialsi (7c) and Trella (6c+). This is a great place to push your grade if you are fit since the holds are so big, however the 3-dimensional nature of the climbing can make the routes hard to onsight. There are many cunningly-hidden jugs and bridging positions and even some hands-free rests for the imaginative!

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Massalia
An amazing expedition up along the wall left of the cave working right above the cave. Start at the toe of the buttress left of...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Loose
6b
2
Aegialis Top 50
30m. A mammoth stamina-fest that just keeps going and going on big holds with some sneaky hands-free rest positions. Very...
4 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
7c
3
Zawinul Syndicate
30m. A parallel new line to Aegialis of similar quality.
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
7c+
4
Aphrodite
The shortest route here but perfect climbing on large jugs except for an intricate crux at half-height. Easier for those with...
7 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
7a
5
DNA Top 50
1) 20m. Simply amazing climbing with relatively easy moves on large holds and an unforgettable no-hands rest at half way!...
13 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7a+
6
Ivi Top 50
A curious pitch which no-one knows much about, but the climbing is good featuring another hands-off rest where you need it.
9 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7b
7
Priapos
55m. A mammoth trip up the back of the cave. To the first lower-off at 35m is 7c. The full route is 55m and 25 quickdraws to...
8 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
8a+
8
Fun de chichunne
40m. Few details are known about this incredible route apart from the fact that it has 28 bolts and needs a 75m rope to...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
8a
9
Elefantenhimmel
30m. A poor start leads up the mushrooms to a lower-off (5 to this point but not a good pitch). Then launch out into no-man's...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
7a
10
Trella Top 50
35m. One of the most amazing routes you will ever find up some incredible ground on outrageous rock formations. The climbing is...
12 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
6c+
11
Monahiki Elia Top 50
A fine route which is overshadowed by its neighbours but anywhere else would be the classic of the crag.
8 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
6a+
12
Taz
Just right of Monahiki with more fingery and technical climbing than you would expect here. Take care with the rock.
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6c
13
Caly-pige
32m. A new route on the right-hand side of the Grande Grotta. As you look at the photo on page 28 of the guide, it starts to...
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
6c+
14
Rastapopoulos
40m. A huge pitch. From the rest at half-height, launch up the tufa with sustained climbing and break right to a niche near the...
7 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7b+
15
Aegean Sea Top 50
28m. A superb and sustained climb which is both delicate and strenuous. Gain the left side of the small hollow before rejoining...
7 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7a+
16
Cigarillo Top 50
1) 28m. A great route in a fine position. Climb up through a scoop and then the big pumpy tufa above. Now with extension 2)...
5 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
7a
17
Panselinos
Name on rock written in greek capitals. Fine climbing up the tufa system. Eases towards the top.
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
6b
18
Carpe diem Top 50
1) 16m. Good tufa and flake climbing on big-but-occasionally-well-hidden holds. One tricky section as you get tired. Now with...
5 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
6a+
19
Joggel & Toggel
1) Steep start which soon eases for a pleasant top half on tufas and mushrooms. Now with 2 new pitches 2) 20m. 7b+, and 3) 25m....
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
6c+
  • Latest Comments

    For GRANDE GROTTA

    Ivi
    "harder than dna for sure" 12/Dec top50

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

    Spartacus Maximus
    "Not sure about 7a for the top bit, but agree with 7b+ for the whole thing." 26/Apr

    Neptun kl
    "Now re-bolted and much better for it. Still quite tough though for 6c. Is it wor..." 19/Oct

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

    Lucifer's Hammer
    "It's a very nice 6c wall climb. In fact quite hard 6c for Kalymnos!" 11/Sep

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

    Taz
    "There are easier 6c's in Kaly for sure... Nice technical second half." 01/Dec

    Les Amazones
    "My first 6c, and I loved it to bits. Found the hard part was after the tufas and..." 20/Oct top50

    Gladiator
    "yes, very nice route; a must to try if you walk up to Spartacus sector" 18/Oct top50

    Caly-pige
    "Another superb pitch, long and sustained but never desperate." 09/Jun

    Priapos
    "Almost certainly the best stalactite 7c in the world (up to the first belay) tho..." 02/Jun

    Spartacus Maximus
    "maximuss is easy, max 7a.and is a very good rest around a belay. spartakus and..." 20/Jan

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