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Rock climbing at Kalymnos island

Rock climbing

Kalymnos, the sponge divers island, offers fantastic sport climbing in a cool and peaceful scenery. Its picturesque landscapes, its clear blue seas, and the hospitality of the locals are things that you will never forget.

The rock formations are of excellent quality, forming a field for athletic rock-climbing of amazing possibilities. Apart from about 200 single-pitch routes (5/2000), there are many cliffs of 10 to 200 metres which offer many possibilities for new routes. The rock-climbing is never monotonous, as there are routes on slabs and walls on delicate moves, or athletic routes on overhangs and roofs with holes and stalagmites.

The opportunities for a mild & alternative tourist development are especially bright for Kalymnos. The authorities and the Municipality of Kalymnos have embraced these developments and aid in the organization and exploitation of the rock climbing areas.

Characteristics

There are 24 equipped crags with 200 pitches , from F4c to F8a+ (all bolt protected, sport climbing), mostly facing west , but a few facing south .

The rock is excellent quality limestone, sharp at only a few points, without vegetation, and the pitches are equipped with rustproof bolts. At the moment almost all the routes are one pitch, but there are many possibilities for amazing two to five pitch routes. Indeed, apart from the quality, there is also the vast amount of rock available. The opened routes represent not more than 5% of the possibilities, while there are several equally good cliffs completely untouched that are awaiting their first route!

The ranking system in use is the French one. I believe that all sport climbing routes in Greece should be ranked according to this system as it is the most objective and the most used worldwide for this kind of rock-climbing.

Climbing Season

The island is well-known for its dry climate. You can generally climb on Kalymnos all year round, even in summer on the groups of pitches that are in the shade. There is always a pleasant sea breeze to make climbing pleasurable. Most of the pitches are west or Southwest and are in the shade in the morning. However, the best periods are Spring and Autumn, while till the end of October, all tourist services (hotels, restaurants etc) are in full operation.

Actually, even the winter, good whether conditions is not rare.

The approaches to the various sectors take 20 to 30 minutes at the most.

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