Kalypost


Kaly-, (greek) prefix, meaning good, beautiful. Kalymera, Kalyspera, Kalynykhta, Kalypipe, Kalyhrona…

We arrived at Kalymnos on a stormy Thursday night after looking at it from afar (Kos) during the whole day as no big ferries could cross the tumultuous waters to take us, and our camper van, there. Finally, the wind decreased and we were right on time for a Greek dinner at Tsaki’s. We met Jesse, Alex, Sone (on crouches with a freshly broken foot) and a few other late-season climbers who were enjoying the now peaceful crags atmosphere. After a chilly Fix beer, a Greek omelet and a feta feast, we were ready to sleep facing Telendos and still dream about how it would look like for real. Kalynykhta!

Kalymera! On the following day, the greatness of this mythic place was up to our expectations: climbing paradise, stunning landscape! Tufas everywhere – tufas to squeeze, tufas to sit on, tufas to stand with no hands, tufas for knee bars, drop knees, unseen tufas’ shapes, unheard tufas names (kalypipes, brocolis…), tufas, tufas !

Jess going Kalymnos classic; Telendos in the backdrop.

Jess going Kalymnos classic; Telendos almost always as backdrop. Ph.by Hélène

We spent one month climbing and trying to avoid the rain (somehow always possible in the island of the beautiful waters) at different sectors : Panorama, Grande Grotta, Arhi, Kastry, Ivory tower, Odysseia, Olympic, Noufaro, Inspiration…Along with fellow climbers: Jesse from Australia, soon heading to the Moroccan swells; Elise, an American from Squamish; Gery, the steel Sheffield lady who’s now local; Chris, another English escaping her majesty’s rains, also, currently living in Kalymnos ; Alex, bold French skier developing rock skills for a guiding title; and, Sone slowly recovering on a top rope diet, Norwegian; we alternated steep, fun tufa climbing with friendly, winter, spicy warm dinners at each other’s studios and our van. Kalyspera!

An ancient tribe on a Kastri day: (l to r) Cuca, Elise, Jess, Chris, Quercus and Hélène.

An ancient tribe on a Kastri day: (l to r) Cuca, Elise, Jess, Chris, Quercus and Hélène.

Morning boat for a day climbing in Telendos.

Morning boat for a day climbing in Telendos. Ph.by Elma Okic

Walk in to sector Inspiration - recently bolted by the resident climbing guide Simon.

Walk in to sector Inspiration – recently bolted by the resident climbing guide Simon. Thanks him and Myriam for the help with the mailed stuff and great hosting; à toute! Ph.by Elma Okic

High up on this groovy buttress!

High up on this buttress! Ph.by Elma Okic

Telendo's locals...

Telendo’s locals…Ph.by Elma Okic

Rainy days brought up another “predicted surprise”: surfing is possible in a wintry Kalymnos, and – as for the mediterranean in general – the Aegean sea produces some short spells of swell under stormy winds! No worst than the analogous atlantic conditions and, definitely not to be wasted whenever there’s a board around…

Kandouni beach.

Kandouni beach.

Pothia seafront.

Pothia seafront.

A rest day trying to fish: Jess, Chris and these neighboring kids.

A rest day trying to fish: Jess, Chris and these neighboring kids. “Alavaridi”!

25th sunny climbing day with Hélène getting her gifts, on sighting 6 routes up to 6b; Joyeux Noël!

25th sunny climbing day with Hélène getting her gifts, onsighting 6 routes up to 6b; Joyeux Noël!

After 1 month and 2 days of Kalymnian rock, generous onsights, rains, Quercus chasing hundreds of street cats – bringing some balance to this insular habitat -, goats and feta cheese in dramatic proportions, baklavas sweetness, one alternative christmas dinner*, one New Year’s eve (Kalyhrona!) and lots of more rain, we decided to hit the sea. Time to improvise.

Granitic caos at Kos; nice and tall problems.

Granitic caos at Kos; nice and tall bouldering problems.

Hélène crusin'.

Hélène cruisin’ another line of good, featured granite.

Ferries are cool places to SK8 board.

Ferries are cool places to SK8 boards.

Ahhh, Kalihrona (happy new year)!

Ahhh, Kalyhrona (happy new year)!

*Aïoli cream, Greek Salad & Red, Mushroom Couscous.

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1 comment

  1. BOM ANO Cuca e Helen!!
    É sempre bom ler estes posts e viajar virtualmente até ao vosso encontro. Adorei as fotos! Bloco, vias, viagens… que mais se quer da vida!? Continuem a curtir essa trip!!
    Abr, Macau

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