Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece




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Publication info

Kalymnos Rock Climbing Guidebook by Aris Theodoropoulos
Publisher: Terrain
Pages: 448
Language: English
ISBN: 978-618-5160-03-6


The all-new 2015 edition features:


  • – Approximately 2,700 sport routes

  • – Free application for iOS and Android

  • – GPS coordinates for each crag

  • – A practical Crag Planner to help you compare crags and schedule your climbing itinerary

  • – High-quality photo-topos

  • – Hundreds of full color stunning action photos

  • – An even friendlier user-centered layout and lots of useful info about conditions, shade, orientation
    kid-friendliness of each crag etc.



Reader reviews (2010 edition)

Lothar Mauch (France)

Outstanding ! The best topo to date I have seen – and you know that I climb since 40 years around all climbing sites. Felicitations !


Lars Gilberg (Norway)

I am very impressed by the new guidebook. This is the overwhelmingly high standard now, for people who want to make a world class guidebook elsewhere in the world.


Dave Musgrove (UK)

I used up all my superlatives when I reviewed the last guidebook but I will have to learn some more now. The new guide is even better!

I bought my first Kaly guide in 2004 and that edition described 42 sectors containing less than 500 routes. Since then there has been the 2006 version plus a reprint and addenda in 2008 and now this new 2010 edition has 64 fully described sectors and over 1700 routes. As a guide writer myself I am amazed at how Aris has found the time and energy to keep track of the furious pace of development and constantly improve the guidebook product. This edition is slick, stylish and ‘state of the art’ in terms of guide publishing technology. It is also a tremendous and inspiring read. At 38 Euros it is not cheap but well worth the outlay. The text, topos and first ascent details are all much easier to read and relate to each other, and the crag as you look at it. A lot of grade rationalisation has been undertaken so your ego might not be massaged quite as much as it used to be but so many quality routes of every style are out there waiting for you that it hardly matters what grade you climb you will enjoy the experience. Remember also that Kalymnos is no longer just the May and October venue we used think it was. New crags face in every direction and it is possible now to find great routes in sun or shade at any time of the year. Well done again Aris and team. I will be back next year to hopefully add to your list of routes for the next edition!


Ollie Ryall / Climbapedia

I can’t think of a time when I have used a guidebook and not found something about it frustrating, difficult to use or lacking some useful information.  Most guidebooks do one or two things well but are let down in other departments.

The 2010 edition of the Kalymnnos guidebook is clearly an exception to this rule and without doubt the best guidebook I have ever used…….. Even if you are only thinking about visiting Kalymnos I would recommend buying this book and can guarantee you will be booking your tickets shortly after.
Check out the full review at Climbapedia


Alex Honnold

Nice job on the guide book. Honestly, it’s one of the best guide books I’ve ever seen for any area in the world. It’s funny to say but it may seriously be the best guide book in the world. Thanks for all the hard work developing everything here and maintaining it.


Lee Cujes / Upskill Climbing

The 2010 Kalymnos guidebook is the best freakin’ guidebook in the world. 360 pages, chock full of pics (maybe 1000+ pics?), good descriptions to get you psyched, accurate topos, sexy layout. All the beta for your holiday. It’s awesome.


Al Randall

I have just returned from an excellent trip to Kalymnos. At first I was a little taken aback by the price of the guidebook but after using it for a week and considering all the additional routes compared to the previous guide I now consider it good value. Very well done it’s a superb guidebook. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait for my next visit and that’s an old trad climber speaking.


Jack Keogan

I bought your guidebook before going out last year and thought it was one of the best climbing guides I have ever used. Along with pragmatic, safe bolting an sustainability of tourism, I think it is one of the key things that has helped to unlock the islands potential as a climbing destination.


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  1. Ziwi says:

    “Since i know Kalymnos for climbing, i love the Kalymnos guidebook, for me it is just simple said PERFECT, it`s hard to find a guidebook, which is almost that informative as this one. I am curious for the new book, but it can`t be better concerning information as the old one, the layout changed as i know, many many new routes will fill the new book and maybe some of my pictures. Congratulation Aris and all your friends working on it, great work!!”

  2. Raph says:

    Can’t wait to buy this guidebook as i’m planning on going there this summer for 2-3 weeks.Any update on when the 2010 guidebook will be available?

  3. Aris says:

    Dear Raph,
    Thank you for your interest. The new guidebook will be available on our website in approximately 2 weeks. Thanks for your patience!
    (It is already available on Kalymnos though!)

  4. Poppo says:


    Great! So you can already buy it on Kalymnos? Where? We arrive on friday and would very much like to get ahold of the new guidebook!

  5. admin says:

    Hi there. The guidebook will be available at both climbing shops in Masouri (‘Climbers Nest’ and ‘Wild Sports’) as well as in some of the area’s mini-markets. We hope you like it! Feel free to send us your feedback.

  6. ioni says:

    @Poppo: Keep also the old one, also chek the internet for infos about routes;)
    Its usefull trust me, not to have unpleasant ” surprises”

  7. Poppo says:

    Ok. Thanks for the information!

    But I am still a bit confused. Is it possible to get the new guidebook on the island already?, or will it be available within a couple of weeks?

    I’ve managed to track down and reserve the 2008 edition here in Sweden, but I would rather buy the new one if it is out yet?. Since I’m a student and on a budget it would feel unecessary to spend an extra 50 Euro for two guidebooks.

    Appreciate all the help and your quick replys!

  8. Aris says:

    Hi Poppo, sorry about the confusion. Yes, the guidebook is already available on Kalymnos. On November 7th it will also be available to buy online. So no need to buy the old one…

  9. full stottie says:

    The new guidebook is excellent (so was the previous one), the layout is easy to use, the format is slightly smaller and fits into a guidebook cover perfectly, and the diagrams and approach notes are really good. I met your publisher from Terrain last month at Dolphin Bay and later at Arhi, where he was climbing with his son (a good climber already!). He told me that over 60 new routes have been done since publication, and I expect this growth will continue. Will you consider publishing appendices of new routes and sectors as downloads in future? I can’t afford to buy a new guide every year or two!

  10. admin says:

    Thank you very much! You are very kind.
    About the new routes since publication- at the moment there are actually around 20. As new routes start to accumulate, we will add a free list (downloadable pdf) to our site, which we will keep updating. On our part, we have no intention to publish a new guide every year! It’s a huge amount of work, only undertaken when absolutely necessary (the new edition was made when the number of routes doubled [to 1700!] since the last edition…)

  11. Zits says:

    The new guidebook is a masterpiece.

  12. Dan Murphy says:

    its awesome, right down to the “oh shit” story !

  13. max says:

    Hey ! I will arrive in Kalymnos in 2 weeks (12apr), will I be able to buy the new topo on the island (same price ?),or is it safer to buy it online ? (if so, is there enough time to ship it to Sweden in 2 weeks ?)

  14. Admin says:

    Hey Max,

    Yes, you can buy the new topo in several shops in Masouri for 35 euros. On our website it retails for 38 euros to allow for packaging / handling costs. If you decide to buy it online you should do so today to make sure it arrives in time. It will be shipped immediately after payment, via regular post. The post office promises to deliver it within 1 week, and usually it’s true, but I’m afraid that cannot be guaranteed…

    I hope this helps!

  15. Michal says:

    I’m looking for the updated list of new routes which appeared after the guidebook was published – last year it was available on your website and was very helpful during stay in Kalymnos, but this year I cannot find it. Could you help me and show where I can find it?

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