Altitude 41m a.s.l
Granite bouldering at Kardamena © switch
Great, extensive granite bouldering up to Font 7c+ which is ideal for those in transit to/from Kalymnos with a few hours or more to spare, but this venue is worth a visit of a few days in its own right. At its best in cool winter conditions, but climbable all year round. Lots of problems have good landings and a pad is not essential. Beware of the occasional snapping chickenhead and check your landing before committing!
There are some bigger buttresses further up the hillside which look to offer single-pitch or even multi-pitch trad crack climbs - bring a rack and explore!
Follow directions to Kardamena (about 30mins drive across to the South coast of the island from Mastihari) and then to the go kart track, about 7kms out Eastwards from the town centre: (see http://gokart-kardamena.gr/). From the go-kart track, the boulders are obvious on the hillside above, and are best approached by continuing a few hundred metres further East, before taking a rough 4x4 track uphill and parking by a cluster of derelict and restored cottages. The boulders extend Westwards from here. Take care to leave livestock fences and gates as you find them.
|some of the climbs are numbered but a guidebook would definitely help. can take a while to find a route, stone has great grip.|
jimecallaw - 27/Sep/15
|really high quality rock, I was shocked how good. Some tall blocks so scout your decent first. Definitely hot though.|
yodadave - 15/Sep/14
|This is a good place for all levels of climber. Very hot in the summer so ensure you take necessary precautions - shades, suncream and water.|
objock - 07/Sep/12