From Kalymnos to Chamonix

 

We came back from Kalymnos a few days ago, leaving the 20c of Kalymnos for the snow of Chamonix.

 

With the bad weather we had in Chamonix this summer, we haven’t climbed much outdoors. Fortunately we did a lot of bouldering in Bishop before but there is quite a difference between a 2 meters problem and a 40 meters route!

 

As we had only 9 climbing days on the Island we chose to climb almost exclusively onsight. Anna has already been to Kalymnos but for me it was the first time. I must say that Kalymnos’ reputation is well deserved, local people are friendly, the routes are amazing and the scenery is a unique mix of cliffs and sea. We climbed in 9 different sectors, from the super famous Grande Grotta to the more isolated Galatiani.

 

Philippe and Anna Gatta return from climbing at Kalymnos

 

Among all sectors, Sikati Cave was by far the most impressive one. It is a massive hole in the ground of 60 meters of diameter and 70 meters high.

 

Philippe and Anna Gatta return from climbing at Kalymnos

 

Most routes are long and overhanging with tufas and stalactites everywhere. Anna had a nice fight there, onsighting a beautiful 7c. For me the longest battle – 50 minutes – was in “Fun de Chichunne”, a 40 meter long 8a in the roof of Grande Grotta. What a route!

 

Philippe and Anna Gatta return from climbing at Kalymnos

 

We climbed 9 days, 7 hours a day and we only sent 50+ routes out of the 1,800 bolted on the Island. One thing is for sure, we have to go back there…

 

Philippe and Anna Gatta return from climbing at Kalymnos