Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece

Update: 2010 route maintenance on Kalymnos completed



**Updated Wednesday, Dec 15th: This year’s maintenance of 100 climbing routes, funded by the municipality of Kalymnos, has been completed at sectors Symplegades, Ghost Kitchen, Arhi, Galatiani, and on selected routes at sectors North Cape and Baby House. Maintenance was performed on more than 100 routes (which was the original plan), and selected routes at various sectors will continue to be checked and rebolted throughout the spring**
Please note that route Peristeri at sector Symplegades is no longer there, as the barbed wire fence with metal stakes at the base of the route posed risk of serious injury in the event of a fall. We will keep posting updates about the maintenance of routes as it progresses. Bolts and anchors are being replaced by Raumer’s Hang Fix stainless steel expansion bolts and lower-offs with double opposed carabiners, respectively. See pages 31 and 37 of the new guidebook for more information about route maintenance and how to best use these ‘bomb-proof’ lower-offs.


The bolt replacement and maintenance was performed by Aris Theodoropoulos with the help of Simon Montmory, Claude Idoux and Luca Salsotto.


The plan is for 100 sport routes in total to be checked for bolt and / or lower-off replacement. We still believe more is necessary – more frequent maintenance and more routes each time— to keep up with the frenetic pace of climbing development on Kalymnos. The last maintenance of 100 routes on Kalymnos was performed in December 2008. We will continue advocating for more maintenance; on your part, please continue sending us your feedback about any irregularities, corroded bolts, etc, you notice on routes you climb.



Weather permitting, maintenance will take a few more weeks through mid-December. For the moment November in Kalymnos has been unseasonably warm: these past few days have been mostly sunny, with just a few clouds, an occasional rain shower, and perfect climbing temps around 20º C…



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12 Responses to “Update: 2010 route maintenance on Kalymnos completed”

  1. Carl Dawson says:

    Good effort Aris, keep up the good work. Will you be re-bolting Galatiani?

  2. Aris says:

    Kalispera Carl! Thanks! Yes Galatiani is also in our plan.

  3. Marie says:

    Very good initiative, thanks a lot for climbers… Will you re-bolting Crystal cave on Telendos? ’cause bolts are corroded and some belay too…

  4. Aris says:

    Not Crystal Cave this year Marie. We can only rebolt 100 routes so we have to make a choice, re-bolting the most popular first. Crystal Cave is a slightly different story– it is such a new sector (2 or 3 years) that the bolts should not have corroded. Probably the equippers did not use staineless steel bolts, as the municipality requires, so I will first talk to the equippers and see what we can do to resolve this.

  5. Bruno says:

    thanks Aris for this good job

  6. Chris Craggs says:

    Hi Aris,
    Nice job on the overhaul – it really is amazing how rapidly some of the anchors get worn.


  7. Chris Craggs says:

    Nice job on Arhi, did some of the rebolted routes today – the new 12mm bolts are mega. The extension to Pares looks superb too – let me guess – 6c?

  8. Aris says:

    Thanks Chris. The impressive black tufa extension is between 6c-7a. Actually needs more cleaning. Check out some today’s photos at Galatiani:
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  9. Ruth says:

    Really glad you have re-done the belay on K44. It’s been on my list for a while. Thanks Simon and Aris.

  10. Aris says:

    All the corroded bolts changed also! There are no excuses now!

  11. monica says:

    bravo aris and simon!!! just out of curiousity…has anyone mentioned the lower off on the extension of aeolia in panorama???

  12. Aris says:

    Thanks Monica! Actually Aeolia ext. and other routes in Panorama will be corrected later this year.

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