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Kalymnos - Spartacus

By: Federico Furia
Country: Greece, Region: Kalymnos, Town: Kalymnos (Dodecanese)

Located high above and to the left of the sectors Afternoon and Grande Grotta, the spectacular Spartacus offers a series of fabulous routes between 6a and 8a.

The walls are steep and pocketed and almost all routes are recommend, making the walk uphill highly rewarding. Given its orientation it is ideal in summer as the sun arrives late in the day, allowing you to escape the heat until 6.00 pm.

Do not miss out on the following: Les Amazones, 30m of 6c up a spectacular tufa. Harakiri, 26m of 6b of mother nature’s best. Spartacus, the 7c which gives the name to the sector. Overhanging stamina fest on good holds. Kerveros, this 6c+/7a on its own is makes the trip to Spartacus, and Kalymnos, worthwhile.

Most routes were put up by Michel Piola, a certain guarantee for their quality and beauty!

GETTING THERE

Reach Masouri and park at Hotel Filoxenia. Follow the obvious path through the olive grove and via red markers to Grande Grotta. From here continue left past Afternoon to reach Spartacus (15 min from Grande Grotta).

THE CLIMBING

Pumpy stamina climbing on grey and yellow limestone.

NOTES

Kalymnos rock climbing in Greece

GETTING TO KALYMNOS
By boat

Kalymnos can be reached by boat from the island Kos. Once you have landed in Kos, take a taxi to the port at Mastichari and catch the next boat to Kalymnos from there. Mastichari is 10 minutes by taxi from Kos airport and the taxi ride costs €12 - €15 euro in total. Regular ferries and smaller speed boats make the Mastichari – Pothia (Kalymnos) route regularly. The ferry ride takes approximately 45 minutes and costs €4; the speedboat takes approximately 25 minutes and costs €6.00. When you arrive at Pothia (the main port in Kalymnos) you will find a number of taxis waiting. A taxi ride to Massouri costs between €10-15, depending on the number of passengers and luggage. Alternatively, you can rent a scooter or car, or inquire about the public bus schedule departing in front of the City Hall. There is a tourist information kiosk at the port exit. To check the Kos – Kalymnos ferry timetable, go to www.danae.gr and enter ‘Mastichari’ and ‘Kalymnos’ in the respective fields.  You can also call the Port Authority of Kos for an automated timetable message in English on the following number: +30 22420 26594. In the unlikely event that there is no taxi waiting at Pothia, call the taxi station on the following number: +30 22430 50300.

By plane
In high season Olympic Air flies Athens - Kalymnos regularly and a return ticket costs approximately euro 200.

Further info
Full info on getting to Kalymnos here: www.climbkalymnos.com/?page_id=2628

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Kalymnos Rock Climbing Guide – All New 2010 Edition. Aris Theodoropoulos. 360 pages, 1700 routes, 64 sectors, English
 

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80 m

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70m rope

GRADES

6a - 8a

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Yellow grey pocketed limestone with tufas.

ORIENTATION

E

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climbkalymnos.com

NUMBER OF ROUTES

21

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