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They should have just called this area, "Blowjobs." It's that good.
Granted, this sector may not be as great as the Grand Grotto. Nevertheless, Galatiani gives it just as good. Almost tufa good. And oh, does it photograph well, so bring cameras. Even graduates from the Ray Charles school of photography snap Pulitzers here.
The gray slabbier stuff on the sides is reportedly sharp and crappy; but you didn't hump up to Galatiani for the slabs. Put on your pucker shoes, and get ready to rumble on some of the planet's finest, steepest, friendliest tufa climbing. This sector, this right here, is why you came to Kalymnos. Why you came ON Kalymnos.
Head north out of Masouri and round the corner at Dolphin Bay. Quickly! Look left across the water! See that orange sphincter at the base of a massive gray wall? Galatiani, baby. You want in that hole. Keep driving 1.7 km past Arginonta, at the sweeping u-bend at the very bottom of the hill. Drive over the idiot goats daydreaming in the road and park when you see you're directly under the cave.
Fair warning: The path is 8b steep and technical. And because of the Eurozone debt crisis and the recent austerity measures taken in Greece, switchbacks have been put on deep backorder. Get ready for a slog.
Also, this south-facing wall (including the cave) gets blasted with sun a lot earlier than the 1 o'clock that the guidebook suggests. Bakes more than a Phish concert freaker. Alpine starts or cloudy days are recommended.
Climbing Season For the Kalymnos area.
Weather station 12.6 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
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Nymfi 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Congratulations, Mayor. You've just been elected king of jugtown. Romp up 'n' left on impossibly good face holds (needs a stick clip or a good couple of brawn-ey spotters for that first bolt) until you get into the bizness. Roll over a bulge (crux), pinch that pipe, and collect $200 for passing "Go" AND for sending brilliant those giant tufa jugs up to the anchor. Clip the chains and bask in transient, fleeting glory. Then go wet yourself (for fear? for fun?) on "Feuerdorn," supposedly another "...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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This description is BANG ON! Couldn't have said it better myself..