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Elevation: 885 ft 270 m
GPS: 37.02953, 26.96102
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Shared By: Top Rope Hero on Oct 22, 2011
Admins: Jason Halladay, Luke Bertelsen, Charles Yang

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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.

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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Calcite Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 12
K44
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Feuerdorn
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Nymfi
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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Calcite Star
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 4
Zero Chichon
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
K44
 12
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Feuerdorn
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Nymfi
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Calcite Star
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Zero Chichon
 4
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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