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Approach

From Masouri/Myrties, take the main road towards Pothia and drive up the serpentines. At the col (36.98628, 26.93459), turn left into Kamari village. After 200 m and a sharp righthand turn (36.98487, 26.93540), turn left again and follow the small uphill road for about 400m, until the road ends in front of big gate.

Park at the designated parking area in front of the gate (36.98570, 26.93818). Make sure to keep enough space for cars to pass through.

Walking from Myrties: On foot, there is a shortcut to Kamari. At the end of Myrties, just when the main road takes a sharp righthand turn leading up the serpentines (36.98820, 26.93404), walk left into the road that passes above Myrties. After about 100 m, a small trail leads up on the left. You will end up on the main road, just before the last turn into Kamari.

From the parking area, walk through the small side gate, designated for climbers (close behind you!). Walk up the last bit of the road and pass through another small gate at your left (close again!). Hike up the small trail. After a few minutes, the trail to 'Symplegades' leads up to the right into the obvious canyon. The routes on 'Far Left', 'Left Slab' and 'North Wall' are located before you pass through the brick wall, 'Main Wall', 'East Face' and 'Donner' are distributed around the plateau behind the wall.

Ethic inherited from Kalymnos

  • PREPARE to leave nothing behind (trashbag, etc.)
  • Use your own gear for toproping. Use fixed gear only for lowering. (See first section of guidebook for details)
  • Minimize single-use plastic. No recycling on the island (yet).
  • Use established paths and close gates behind you.
  • Consider a donation to the rescue team (red boxes).

Routes

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A single route, outside of the canyon, left around the corner of the 'Left Slab'.

Set: Dionysis Stratigos, 2005

Located just to your left when you enter the canyon, in front of the brick wall.

In the afternoon, after about 13:00.

Set: Oswin Steis & Jürgen Rohrmann, 2005

Set: Claude Idoux & Luca Salsotto, 2009

Set: Aris Theodoropoulos, Dimitris Yialouris, Alexandros Gazis, Elias Gazis & Konstantinos Patarias, 2002

Set: Aris Theodoropoulos, Dimitris Yialouris, Alexandros Gazis, Elias Gazis & Konstantinos Patarias, 2002

The wall on the left side of the canyon, after passing through the brick wall.

In the afternoon, after about 13:00.

Set: Oswin Steis & Jürgen Rohrmann, 2005

Extension to "Climbers' Nest".

Set: Falk Heinicke, Anett Riemer & Cavin Riemer, 2007

Set: Oswin Steis & Jürgen Rohrmann, 2005

Set: Henry Bartu, Andreas Odermatt, Urs Neu & Andrea Neiger, 2002

Set: Aris Theodoropoulos, 2010

Set: George Ermeides & George Zavouras, 2002

Set: George Ermeides & George Zavouras, 2002

Set: George Ermeides & George Zavouras, 2002

Set: George Ermeides & George Zavouras, 2002

Set: Unknown, 2006

Set: George Ermeides & George Zavouras, 2002

Set: Henry Bartu, Andreas Odermatt, Urs Neu & Andrea Neiger, 2002

Set: George Ermeides & George Zavouras, 2002

Shares anchors (and currently the last 3 bolts) with 'Drama'.

Set: Jens Seidel, 2005

Good climbing on nice rock with great movement.

Set: Joachim Friedrich & Falk Heinicke, 2015

Set: Aris Theodoropoulos, Dimitris Yialouris, Alexandros Gazis, Elias Gazis & Konstantinos Patarias, 2002

Routes distributed over the smaller walls at the end of the canyon. For 'Gourmet' and 'Donner', scramble up a bit to the left.

Set: Unknown, 2006

Set: Unknown, 2006

A route for the very youngest with topout and walk down on the other side.

Set: Jens Larssen & Fredrik Lundqvist, 2015

Set: Falk Heinicke, Anett Riemer & Cavin Riemer, 2007

Closed

Bolts have been removed in 2016.

Set: Henry Bartu, Andreas Odermatt, Urs Neu & Andrea Neiger, 2002

The righthand wall inside the canyon.

In the morning, until about 13:30.

Set: Oswin Steis & Jürgen Rohrmann, 2005

Set: Henry Bartu, Andreas Odermatt, Urs Neu & Andrea Neiger, 2002

Set: George Ermeides & George Zavouras, 2002

Set: Jens Larssen & Fredrik Lundqvist, 2015

Set: Joachim Friedrich & Gunter Hommel, 2014

Set: Joachim Friedrich & Gunter Hommel, 2014

Set: Joachim Friedrich & Ute Friedrich, 2015

Located to your right before entering the canyon (opposite of the 'Left Slab').

Set: Bernd Arnold & Matthias Creutz, 2003

Set: Aris Theodoropoulos, Dimitris Yialouris, Alexandros Gazis, Elias Gazis & Konstantinos Patarias, 2002

Set: Oswin Steis & Jürgen Rohrmann, 2005

Set: Oswin Steis & Jürgen Rohrmann, 2005

Set: Andreas Christidis, D. Nähring, B. Schenke & F. Schulze, 2019

Set: Aris Theodoropoulos, Dimitris Yialouris, Alexandros Gazis, Elias Gazis & Konstantinos Patarias, 2002

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Selected Guidebooks all

Author(s): Aris Theodoropoulos and Katie Roussou

Date: 2019

ISBN: 9786185160081

A comprehensive guidebook describing all the rock climbing, and sport climbing at Kalymnos, covering nearly 3,400 routes ranging from F4a to F9a.

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