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Kalymnos rebolting program approved

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An EU funded rebolting program has been approved to rebolt circa 250 sport climbs on the Greek island of Kalymnos.

Five years after the last official rebolting program on Kalymnos, the tiny island in Greece’s Aegean sea is now gearing up for a new round of route maintenance. EU funding has been approved for an official rebolting project that will begin this summer and will be completed by the end of the year. Overseen by local expert Aris Theodoropoulos, the project aims to rebolt circa 250 existing routes as well as adding a further 100 new climbs. The following technical details have been published:

- 2400 stainless-steel glue-in bolts (316L, 12mm) are to be used for rebolting existing routes
- 400 V-type anchors with two opposed carabiners are to replace older lower-offs
- 580 carabiners are to be placed on anchors without carabiners or used to replace worn carabiners
- 100 new routes are to be equipped using stainless-steel bolts (316L, 12mm) and V-type anchors with two opposed carabiners
- Some roadside crag markers/signposts will be added
- All parts of the rebolting/equipping program must be completed by the end of 2015.

Sikati Cave, Irox, some routes at Odyssey, Grande Grotta and Panorama are top of the agenda according to Theodoropoulos who stated on Climbkalymnos "No doubt this rebolting program is a very good thing for Kalymnos, but it will only help to rebolt about 10% of the total routes. And the fact is that funds for rebolting are almost non-existent. Now, more than ever, we must work for the longevity of Kalymnos; besides correcting the routes in need, future climbing development must be done the right way to ensure that Kalymnos remains one of the safest family climbing destinations in the world."

For further details about this, and other, initiatives visit climbkalymnos.com


17/05/2005 - Kalymnos rock climbing in Greece
Rock climbing on Kalymnos in Greece is simply a dream come true! Awesome limestone crags, stunning routes, a relaxed holiday atmosphere, the warm Aegean sea to dip into after a hard day on the rocks, legendary Greek hospitality and cuisine...

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