SAINT PHOTIS


The cliffs around the quaint chapel of Saint Photis were some of the first areas on the island to be developed but, with the possible exception of the sunny Monastery crag, fell out of favour for many years. A more recent wave of development has raised the profile of the area once again, and a number of hard routes and a few easier offerings have been added. A few of the older climbs have also been rebolted. The area is picturesque and the approach very pleasant, and it is worth a visit to get a look at another quiet corner of Kalymnos.

Routes

95 sport routes (5b...8b+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Austrians
A minor venue with a few steep routes that see few visitors. The setting is pleasant enough, but...
10
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
Monastery
The most visited of the crags in the Saint Photis area has a decent set of face routes, almost all...
25
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

30 mins

sheltered
The Chapel
The walls opposite and just right of the tiny white chapel give some of the easier routes in the...
16
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and down

30 mins

Seepage
sheltered
The Cave
The caves and walls round to the right of the white chapel had some old and neglected face routes...
30
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and down

30 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
sheltered
Spiders
The final developed section (at the moment) is a series of flat white walls. There are a few easier...
14
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and down

35 mins

Seepage
sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For SAINT PHOTIS

    Sherpani
    "pockets. confusing, not so easy for onsight" 12/Dec

    Tabacco e Venere
    "Undergraded, with some hard moves in the last third of the climb. Much harder th..." 17/May

    Octopodi
    "Very nice route, unexpectedly technical. First bolt is in the wrong place - you ..." 13/May

    Cartier
    "Very good route, 2 or 3 stars." 09/Nov

    Coky
    "Very hard for the grade, and extremely painful. If you like climbing on razor-bl..." 06/Jun

    Luna Calante
    "Not really that exciting." 27/May

    Amita
    "Not at all pleasant - some bolts badly rusted and top one loose. Better with a s..." 18/May

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