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. Sheldon Deeny
From Fort Collins, Colorado
Joined Feb 24, 2011
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Apr 1, 2013
The 9.4 should do you fine. It will take a beating from all the usage, but nothing out of the ordinary. Definitely nothing shorter than 70m.

As for purchasing a rope there, I'd recommend just bringing it with your bag. The gear shop has an excellent selection of climbing gear, but due to it being a remote island and all, there is a markup. However, for simple stuff like chalk, the prices aren't too bad.

We were there for 2 weeks and none of us used a knee pad. The limestone (on the steep routes where you'd want a kneebar) isn't really that sharp. If you have a kneepad and room in your luggage, you could bring it, but it's not really worth it to buy one just for Kalymnos.

As for June, good luck. It's going to be hot. We were there in September and had to be off the cliffs by 4ish. Get to the crags super early before the sun hits them and spend the afternoon drinking beer and eating gyros on the beach. Also, Local Freezer is a rare north facing cliff that will be nice and cool. Also, Sikati Cave would be nice to go to if you get a later start as parts of it get sun in the morning and it's all in the shade by the late afternoon. A bit more of a drive and approach than the rest of the cliffs but holy crap that place is STACKED!
Joined Apr 5, 2010
47 points
Apr 1, 2013
The Ion2 is the rope I used when I was there and it didn't show more wear than the other ropes we had. I carried on my climbing gear (ropes, draws, shoes) and checked the rest. Waiting a couple of days for clothes to arrive would not bother me but waiting for climbing gear would suck!

As was said in the last post. Get to the crag EARLY and then spend the afternoon swimming and drinking. It is an awesome place.
Ben Ricketts
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Apr 22, 2009
37 points
Apr 1, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Running it out on easy slab. "No where is tha...
Pack it all with you if you can. There are some shops there but best to bring it all. When I wen't in '06 I brought a 9.8x70m, 14 QDs and 6 "trad draws". With that setup I never had rope drag issues. Honestly, I don't recall many drag issues at all. I managed to CRAM all that plus both harnesses and shoes into a backpack that I carried on. There are plenty of shops for clothes and other essentials but NA gear prices vs Euro were noticeable.

2nd the get out early and beat the heat. Honestly, I really enjoyed the 1/2 day climb, 1/2 day relax/explore routine we got into. I think it kept me more fresh rather than doing a beat down 8 hour climbing day.

We rented scooters and they're a MUST in my opinion. There's a lot to explore on the island, don't just make it a myopic climbing trip. Enjoy the food, culture and GREAT people there. Did I mention the food?!? AWESOME
From TX
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