A Sunny Sunday at the Monastery

Kalymnos in October can be busy. Many of the walls topping Masouri crowd over and you can find yourself (gasp!) waiting for climbs. Most of the time the wait is small and the chatting to be had at the base of the crag more than makes up for the time lost, but in case you’re searching for some peace and quiet you can just head a little further out.

sign We woke up this Sunday morning and opted to head somewhere new. Our guide showed the Monastery wall as having a good density of high quality moderate routes so we hopped on the scooter and headed towards Kantouni beach where we’d get the trail. As we wound through the villages to the beach we noticed everyone was on the street in their Sunday best heading home from church. After a quick mental scan about what day it was (one of the pitfalls of long term travel) we agreed that it was in fact Sunday—all the more fitting to head out for some limestone meditation at the monastery.

The hike out to the wall was beautiful. We saw a whole new perspective of Telendos, the island we stare at daily from out balcony as the sun sets, and watched as the sea changed from electric blue to soft gray with the passing clouds. We walked along the steep sea cliffs to the sound of lapping waves below and eventually found ourselves (alone!) at the wall.


The climbs were great with some nice long 30 meter routes. The first few we got on tested our mental endurance for hyper technical moves on invisible footholds. At one point I found myself nearly off balance. Just as I looked down to make a joke about “confusing my thighs”—Greek for getting yourself in a mess, I peeled right off.

Confusing my thighs, indeed.


2 Responses to “A Sunny Sunday at the Monastery”

  1. Kate Calder said:

    This looks soooo awesome! Kalymnos is totally our next international climbing destination. I’m thinking spring of 2012. How would you say the area is for kids? Could we bring an 18 month old? :)

    October 18th, 2010 at 10:06 am

  2. Briana said:

    You three should definitely check it out. If I had to sum up Kalymnos in a phrase it would be “luxury Ton Sai.” The climate and accommodations are much more suitable for young ones. Even Kyle and I can afford a nice room with a kitchenette. We’ve seen a lot of kids around and we even saw a stroller at the base of the crag the other day. Approaches are steep in some cases but as long as you take it slow baby should stay happy strapped to mom or dad and have a good place to hang out at the base of the rock.

    October 18th, 2010 at 10:47 am

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