Odyssey continues to be the ultimate point of reference on Kalymnos. With some of the finest rock on the island and something for everyone, the crag unfolds across 400 m of interconnected caves and walls with a variety of routes and styles. Despite some inevitable polish, Odyssey remains one of the star crags on the island. The hardest confirmed route on Kalymnos, a 9a called los revolucionarios, is here; it was first redpointed in 2009 by Adam Ondra, who was 16 at the time, and repeated a few years later by Alexander Megos on his 2nd go.
In the early days, route names were inspired by Homer’s odyssey, which felt appropriately poetic. Over the years, though, all naming conventions went out the window: now you are faced with a pot-pourri of names with what seems to be a particular emphasis on food and salad ingredients.
In the past two years, there have been about 15 routes added mostly on the middle and left of the crag. It helps to keep things interesting and add some routes with better friction to the mix.
An appropriately epic crag unfolding over 400m of premiumquality caves and walls. Getting polished by Kalymnos standards.
Technical and pumpy, but with great variety: slabby routes from 4a–5c; classic routes on slightly overhanging walls from 6a–6b; overhanging pumpy routes with big pockets at a surprising 6b–6c+, and as a bonus, power-stamina fests in tufa caves from 7a–9a.
Mostly cool. In summer, the sun comes to routes on the right and to Marci Marc Cave at 15:00. Even the slightest breeze makes conditions very pleasant, and the cliffs dry quickly after rainfall. Marci Marc Cave and the routes to the left of the route atena stay dry. Avoid climbing at Odyssey on humid days without any wind. The routes on dark brown rock can feel decidedly greasy.
__Shade (Exposure: NW)__
_Feta Wall; Orion Wall:_
_Marci Marc Cave:_
_On The Verge:_
Fairly good. The path is easy and relatively short, and there are some suitable areas for kids.