Climbing directly by the sea and with mild temperatures during winter make the Greek island of Kalymnos one of the most popular climbing destinations that keeps evolving.The long awaited new edition of the Kalymnos climbing guidebook is in the making and will be available via Vertical-Life starting end of September. The development of new crags and routes has been constantly going on since the last edition was published in 2016. The new edition presents 66 crags with about 800 to 1.000 new routes mounting to a total of 3.800. In addition, 12 crags will be available in the app only. As always, the guidebook offers full-color photo topos, all the GPS coordinates for the crags as well as detailed info on orientation, access, approach and grade range.
Shaman is just around the corner from Uzak Zürafa, separated by a hundred meters of lower quality vegetated rock with no routes. When you arrive at Shaman you will be greeted by around 20 routes, some of which have extensions or multi-pitch variants going to the top of the crag. The climbing here is more crimpy wall climbs and sneaky slabs. The rock is great quality and the sector is among the best in Datça.
The Karain cave is small cave with around 15 routes on good quality rock. The cave is in the same valley as the major crags in Datça but is on the other side of a small river. The routes inside the cave are tufa climbs, which also seep in the winter months. There are also several routes on the walls either side of the cave which give good quality climbing on compact rock that is usually dry.
The rock climbing around Ermionida and generally the Argolis region is all on excellent solid grey limestone. The majority of the routes are single pitch sport climbing routes, though there are some trad climbing routes as well. However all of the climbing areas are only partially developed, which means there is a massive opportunity to establish new routes in the area.
There is a new extension to the guide book live on www.climbkalymnos.com! Here the direct link: -content/downloads/2014_June_NewRouteUpdates_ClimbKalymnos.pdf (you need a pdf reader to open the file, you can get one here) Enjoy
Charamos Crag was spotted by S. Konstadakopoulos, who proceeded to bolt most of the routes on the left side of the rock face. C. Rigas was also invited and bolted several routes, focusing on the right portion of the crag, while E. Chroni, among others, contributed with cleaning some routes and generally supporting the bolting process. Most of the routes are quite demanding and on the upper scale of the climbing grades.
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