Kalymnos - Ghost Kitchen
Ghost Kitchen is one of the most important climbing areas on the island of Kalymnos. The dominant feature of this large cliff is a huge domed roof with stalactites and tufas; the stalactites protrude from the rock just like enormous mushrooms. The majority of the routes are located right here and you should definitely check out what the ghosts have been cooking! On either side of the roof are are medium difficulty slabs, while the pleasant gentle grey slab located slightely lower down to the right offers outstanding slab climbing. At present, only one remarkable route, Rigani, makes full use of the height of the crag.
About 100m before Skalia village, you’ll find the white milestone with the “Ghost Kitchen” sign. Park and go up the dirt road for 100m. then follow the path with the red coloured marks. For the crag: 20 min in total.
Slightly overhanging routes up stalactites combined with nearby delicate slabs; all are of exquisite quality.
GETTING TO KALYMNOS
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.
In high season Olympic Air flies Athens - Kalymnos regularly and a return ticket costs approximately euro 200.
Full info on getting to Kalymnos here: www.climbkalymnos.com/?page_id=2628
Kalymnos Rock Climbing Guide All New 2010 Edition. Aris Theodoropoulos. 360 pages, 1700 routes, 64 sectors, English
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