Day 4 – Deep Water Soloing

Day 4 – Deep Water Soloing

This year’s Kalymnos Climbing Festival introduced a new format to the event, Deep Water Soloing on the island. On Sunday morning, around 30 climbers, including the 6 legends and The North Face athletes such as Iker and Eneko Pou, headed off on boats to the Deep Water...
Day 3 – The Day of the Legends

Day 3 – The Day of the Legends

In a typically Kalymnian way, the climbers were blessed with splendid sunshine, a nice breeze and, of course, an incredible panorama. For the first time ever, 6 legendary climbers of the 80s and 90s worked together to climb 15 new routes ranging from 7a to 8b+. By the...
Day 1 – A Snapshot of the Event

Day 1 – A Snapshot of the Event

In the past few days, climbers have been streaming on to the island in preparation for the third edition of the Kalymnos Climbing Festival that kicked off today. An expected 2500 climbers of all ranges will be participating in the competitions, the events and the...
Climbing Legends – Iker & Eneko Pou talks about Patxi Arocena

Climbing Legends – Iker & Eneko Pou talks about Patxi Arocena

Patxi Arocena is a mythical climber and from Basque Country in Spain. Born in San Sebastian-Donosti in 1965, Patxi became one of the early pioneers of sport climbing in Spain and had huge influence on the growth of the sport here. He did the first 8a and 8a+ onsight...
Climbing Legends – James Pearson on Boone Speed

Climbing Legends – James Pearson on Boone Speed

For US climbers, and a lot of us over the other side of the pond, Boone Speed and his climbing needs little introduction. His first ascent of Super Tweak in Logan Canyon raised American sport climbing standards, and amongst other things set a 14 year old kid called...
Caroline Civaldini – Meeting my hero (Yuji Hirayama) at 15

Caroline Civaldini – Meeting my hero (Yuji Hirayama) at 15

I grew up on a small Island that was part of France, even if it was in the southern hemisphere. Even there, climbing was a school sport, and even there, we received the climbing magazines : Rock & Wall and Grimper. From them, I got to read about the climbing...
Caroline Ciavaldini – Insights from Kalymnos

Caroline Ciavaldini – Insights from Kalymnos

Who’s climbing style amongst the athletes that are here do you admire the most? Male and Female Joanna Ernst from the comp. When she was 15 she was so fluent and so light. Just as if every hold was a jug, when she was open-handing it really looked effortless....
Day One: The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival

Day One: The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival

It’s the first day of The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival and the competition has been blessed with superb conditions without a cloud in the sky and a pleasant autumn sun.Running for the second year in a row, the contest has had a cracking start with Alexander...