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Elevation: 50'
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Arhi is one of the most important crags on Kalymnos. Arhi means “beginning” and it was here in 1997 that Italian Andrea di Bari opened climbing on Kalymnos.

A nice mix of easier climbing on the flat walls on either side of the circular cave, along with a few harder, stellar classics, makes Arhi a great destination for a diversity of climbers.

Variety of climbing here on compact limestone, some on neat tufa features. Grades range from 4c to 8b and beyond. Well over 60 routes with some new activity in the last few seasons.

15 quickdraws and a 60 or 70m rope should be adequate for most routes.

The area faces south.

Getting There 

From Massouri, drive north along the coast. Go past Arginonta about ˝ kilometer.

Notice a metal guardrail (sea side) which changes to concrete (bridge) then back to metal.

The small dirt parking area is below the cliffs right across from the this short metal guardrail.

A white marker indicates the start of the blue-marked trail leading to the crag. Note the circular cave and the yellowish tufas.

About ten minutes or less approach up a trail that is initially a bit steeper.

Climbing Season

Weather station 17.3 miles from here

31 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Arhi:
Pares   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   
Thetis   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Kastor    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Arhi
The P girl takin' a ride up Thetis.

Thetis 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Europe : Greece : ... : Arhi
A super classic at its grade, Thetis comes highly recommended.A bit of a stemming and scumming and the route will seem very doable for the grade. Old school well-rounded traditional climbers can step up on this one even if the route seems a bit over their grade range.Bridge, stem and contort your way up the left side of the gigantic tufa. Might even be a no-hands rest or two for the open-eyed climber.Fantastic and not to be missed. An island classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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easy slabs
easy slabs
Arhi from across the bay.  Walls are to the left a...
Arhi from across the bay. Walls are to the left a...
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