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.
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.