Kalymnos Rock Climbing with Dougal Tavener

After a hard winter battling cold mountain temperatures Kalymnos was once again the perfect answer to relax and get back into the luxury climbing lifestyle.
Straight after the ski season finished in Chamonix we all headed on mass straight there. The sea, sun, and an abundance of amazing athletic climbing make a perfect contrast. I don’t think I have ever been to a more relaxing climbing area that has so much to offer everybody.

 

Barely having to walk anywhere and being able to relax on the beach every afternoon, rounds off a hard climbing day perfectly!

 

After a month climbing on the Island I was pretty surprised to look back at what I had achieved‚Ķdaily… naked swim, moped blast, power yoga, good coffee, greek salad, lamb shank, beer, pool; and over 15 routes 8a and above!

 

Some climbing highlights were…

 

Onsigting the scariest 8a I have ever done! ‘Hellas Rodeo’ is a Daniel Dulac route where I can only imagine that he ran out of bolts, 8 bolts for 40m! When some friends suggested I should try this and mentioned that there were 9m between bolts, I just automatically assumed this was a gross exaggeration. I started getting nervous when all of a sudden I looked down from the third bolt and everyone was lying on their backs, ready to watch the action, then 9m later struggling to clip the next bolt, I understood!!!

 

Taking the boat to Sikati cave in a storm, having a great day climbing, then partying on the private beach below. Apparently beach parties with americans involve shot-gunning beer, spring break style!

 

Onisighting Punta Caremallo an 8a+ in the Grand Grotto, probably the most famous cliff in Kalymnos.
Onisighting Punta Caremallo

 

Rendez with platon 8b – quite possibly one of the nicest harder routes here, in a slightly more remote area aptly named Jurassic Park.
Rendez with platon 8b
 

Labyrinth, another amazing 8b in Jurassic Park. Exactly like the name suggests a complete, upside down world of maze like climbing.
Labyrinth, another amazing 8b in Jurassic Park
 

Climbing in the cool North sector, Secret garden on Savana 8a. Beautiful routes and no stressing about climbing before or after the sun.
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Works out perfectly after having a day climbing at secret garden, heading straight to the pirates beach for a Beer.
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And quick evening canoe with Pocahontas!
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Climbing the last of the routes in the Grand Grotta, on my last day. Pfune 8a.
Grand Grotta
 

O Draconian Devil 8b+
O Draconian Devil 8b+
 

Heading out in style to the local beach on the moped with the whole family ūüėČ
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