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ET, Kalymnos. The 20-minute approach in the sun.
Photo by Nikolaos Smalios
Rock climbing at ET, Kalymnos
Photo by Nikolaos Smalios
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ET, new climbing area on Kalymnos

19.10.2010 by Aris Theodoropoulos

Rock climbing on Kalymnos, Greece, continues to expand, with over 1700 routes in 64 sectors. To celebrate the revised edition of the latest guidebook Aris Theodoropoulos introduces the latest crag ET.

E.T. is the latest addition to Kalymnos, suitable for climbing on hot, sunny afternoons. E.T. is located in the fertile valley of Vathy (or Vathys), just above the village of Metochi and offers gorgeous views over the valley, the fjord of Rina and the Turkish coast.

Viewed from a distance, the cliff resembles a giant face, exactly like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. - the caves on either side and at the foot of the cliff form the eyes and mouth.

E.T. was equipped in April 2010 by the tireless Frenchman – and permanent Kalymnos resident – Claude Idoux. Over the last 3 years Claude has equipped more than 70 routes on Kalymnos; his routes follow the rock’s natural line, his bolting is meticulous and he dedicates a significant amount of time to the exemplary cleaning of each route from vegetation, dirt and loose rock. You may have noticed the artistic hand-painted rocks marking the names of many of his routes. The crag still holds potential, so expect some new routes in the near future.


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