With a few routes under our belts, and confirmation that my dodgy hand is at least permitting some climbing, we decide to sample some of Kalymnos’ biggest attraction – it’s tufa time!
The centre piece of Ghost Kitchen is an impressive tufa strewn cave:
Axium used to get 7a+ (in easier times) but has suffered the indignity of a downgrade to 6c+ in the latest guide (there’s been a fair bit of that going on!). Regardless of the grade, it’s a stunning and somewhat improbable line up a huge tufa…
… with a sit down rest on a giant limestone mushroom (more phallic than fungus if you ask me) at about 3m from the top. That just leaves a big heave on some tufa blobs to make it to the chains.
Further left the crag turns into a pockety heaven and Helen did the outstanding 6a Absent Friends and I had a decent stab at N7, a cruxy 7a.
Even without the climbing, the views from here are gorgeous.
A grand day out and fully deserving of a beer to savour the sunset.