Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece

Safety Matters: Scary Bolts on “Wings for Life” + “Wild Country”, and the Season’s First Rescue

May 5th, 2015

Multipitch routes Wings for Life (2008) and Wild Country (2010) are the most popular long routes on Kalymnos/Telendos, with fantastic, moderately easy, well-protected climbing. The bolts, however (made by ex-manufacturer Rockland), have deteriorated to the point of being downright scary. The good news is that Wings for Life and Wild Country will both be rebolted within the year. Until then, we would strongly urge climbers not to climb them. There are several other really good multipitches in …read more »


Route rebolting to begin in Kalymnos later this year

April 13th, 2015

After the coldest, rainiest, windiest winter in recent memory, the weather in Kalymnos has done an about-face and now the sun shines bright and (too) warm. The season seems to start off with lots of climbers, Masouri is out of hibernation and a couple of new mini-markets and restaurants have popped up, though not much else has changed. But there’s also really good news on the rebolting front this year. …read more »


Two new sport crags in Leros, the island just north of Kalymnos

February 20th, 2015

Leros is a quiet, quaint island just north of Kalymnos. At their nearest point, the two islands are just 2km apart. Less populated than Kalymnos, Leros is a verdant island with gently sloping hills and complete with its own Medieval castle, interesting architecture, numerous small bays and beaches, and the feeling that it has evaded the ravages of mass tourism. Although Leros does not have the distinguishing, rocky physique of its neighbor Kalymnos, it still features some decent cliffs, which are now …read more »


“Eterna”, a new multi-pitch on the South Face of Telendos

November 16th, 2014

Eterna 6b+ (6a+ obl.) is a brand-new multi-pitch route on the South Face of Telendos between Wild Country and Wings for Life. It took the equippers Francis Haden and Gordon A. Jenkin six unglamorous days of dirt and hard work to equip the route, but it was worth it at the end. Notably, they used titanium glue-in bolts throughout the 11-pitch route (124 bolts) plus nine titanium ring sets for an optional abseil descent. This makes Eterna possibly the longest multi-pitch route on Kalymnos …read more »

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