Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece

The 2016 revised edition features:

  • Approximately 3,000 sport routes
  • Free application for iOS and Android
  • GPS coordinates for each crag
  • A practical Crag Index and 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.
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All books are safely packaged in a 100% recyclable book mailer derived from recycled post-consumer waste.

Preview: Click here to enjoy a preview of sector Saint Photis.

Publication info

Kalymnos Rock Climbing Guidebook by Aris Theodoropoulos
Publisher: Terrain
Pages: 464
Language: English
ISBN: 978-618-5160-03-6

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.

40 Responses to “Guidebook”

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  1. Admin says:

    Hi Sebastian,

    At the moment there are no plans for an update this year!


  2. Sebastian says:

    Hey there,

    will there be an update in 2018 for the guidebook? I will come to Kalymnos in September and wonder if i should buy the book now or wait a few months to get the newest version.

    Best regards,

  3. Michael says:


    I just got back from a couple month visit to Kalymnos. We did have a nice time, but, my partner and I (and many other visitors we spoke with) agreed that it was “laugh-able” that the trust in the anchors found on the island came down to essentially a “single element” at some point- either a single stainless rap ring or a single stainless carabiner- even if two bolts are present.

    We have always learned to use two elements on anchors (at least in the US.) Two bolts, separate chains. Nothing coming together on one single piece of equipment- ever.

    What’s the logic behind all this- do you know?
    Is this some sort of Greek specific thinking I’m missing?

    I’d try to contact Artis, but I don’t have his email- do you?

    Thank you

    P.S. Also, what’s with the flimsy welded stainless loops that come off the bolts? Who’s
    bright idea was this?

  4. Aris says:

    Hi Lucie, Kaly-guidebook is for sale in the climbing shops and a few mini-markets in Masouri village (the main climbing area of Kalymnos).

  5. Lucie says:

    I am intending to buy a guidebook in Kalymnos. What stores sell it?

  6. Aris says:

    Hello David,

    The app has not yet been update with all the latest climbs, but it will be in the near future. Soon, we will also publish here on Climb Kalymnos the info about the new crags included in the 2016 reprint guidebook. Until then, if you are in Kaly and you have questions about any of the new climbs or updates, email me and I am glad to help.


  7. David says:

    Hi Aris,

    I have an earlier edition of your guidebook and wanted to avoid having to buy the full new copy. Does your app have all the latest climbs, and is it available for purchase separately from the paper copy?


  8. Iiro says:

    Hi Alan,

    this must be an incomplete download of the topos because the app contains exactly same information as the book. Could you check if there is an update available and perform a logout/login once from the app.

    If this did not help you, please write us at

    Happy climbing!

  9. Alan says:

    Great guide but the app does not include route names & descriptions just topos.
    Is this an incomplete download or a generic fault

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