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Telendos - Lamda

By: Urs Odermatt
Country: Greece, Region: Kalymnos, Town: Telendos (Kalymnos)

This new crag hosts more than 30 fantastic routes in magnificent surroundings. The number of exceptional routes is unusually high even by Kalymnos standards and some are the most beautiful on the island of their grade. The routes are very long and slightly overhanging and while some moves are on sharp rock, most of the climbing is extremely pleasant up large pockets and wide tufas.


From Kalymnos take the boat to Telendos, from the harbour follow the pretty trail along the coast towards Irox (50 min). Traverse along the foot of the cliffs and, when the sector Irox ends, ascend briefly to the right (total time: 60-65 min). Alternatively, you can approach Irox by boat and ascend briefly to the right (only 10 min). From Irox continue past Pescatore and follow the blue markers for 25 minutes


This sector was sponsored by Hotel Simi Zermatt. More than 400 bolts and the belays were donated by the Glaros Bolt Fund. Almost all routes were put up by Markus Leippold and Urs Odermatt except for 1. (Kathi Schefer), 2. (Paul Ziegler) 29 - 31 (Yuri Wright).

Kalymnos rock climbing in Greece

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


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

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The crag remains in the shade until 14.00. It is often windy in the afternoons. Lambda is ideal in summer, combined with the crags Glaros and Irox.


For many routes an 80m rope is obligatory. Take 18 -24 quickdraws, depending on the route.


80m rope


4b - 7b+



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