New climbing on Kalymnos: Secret Garden and Saint Photis
Two new crags on the island of Kalymnos: Secret Garden introduced by Aris Theodoropoulos and Saint Photis introduced by Simon Montmory.
SECRET GARDEN by Aris Theodoropoulos
With stalactites growing horizontally out of the red, slightly overhanging cliff face, Secret Garden is a cross between Odyssey and Ghost Kitchen. The climbing is exceptional, with a mixture of tufa jugs and single pipes and with plenty of opportunities for knee bars and sit-down rests. Secret Garden is in a remote and wild area on the north coast of the island; it is very close to the sea and it overlooks Leros Island, the islets of Pitta, Kalolimnos and Imia, and Turkey’s east coast. .
SAINT PHOTIS by Simon Montmory
Saint Photis was first bolted by the Remy brothers in 2001 and still had a huge potential for new lines. In autumn 2012 Simon Montmory equipped 15 new routes and in spring 2013, together with Aris Theodoropoulos, they re-bolted the old routes to make another new and attractive sector on the island. The sector is very quiet and wild, with a fantastic view on the south face of Telendos and the sea. It’s ideal to get away from the crowd and closer to nature! The grades might be a bit harder or easier, since only few climbers repeated the routes. Alexander Megos made the first ascents of all the hardest routes, with really humid conditions and generally one or 2 goes… and of course very easily! Bravo Alex!
TOPO: Secret Garden, Kalymnos
TOPO: Saint Photis, Kalymnos
TOPO: Climbing on Kalymnos, Greece