KALYMNOS CLIMBING FESTIVAL

9-12 OCTOBER 2014 – KALYMNOS, GREECE

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El Niño – Jacopo Larcher

When you think about big wall climbing and huge granite walls, the first place that comes to mind is “Yosemite” National Park. It’s the place where everything began and it is the mecca for all those want to explore and practice the art of climbing. Since I started... read more

Madagascar – Ground-up experience

This summer became one full of first ascents for team climber Siebe Vanhee. After the successful Common-Ground expedition in the remote tundra of Siberia, Siebe joined forces with fellow climber Seán Villanueva O’Driscoll. They took off for an adventure in the... read more

#Evolve

A film about moving from competition climbing to exploring the world beyond #Evolve is the first autobiographical short film featuring Italian climber Jacopo Larcher. The short film follows Larcher through his climbing career, starting from competition climbing in gyms to leaving its boundaries and exploring the world beyond. Find the short film here or continue reading the summary below: Larcher stepped into his first pair of climbing shoes when he was 11 at a local gym’s youth climbing course.

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The Kalymnos Climbing Festival: Legends in Lycra

From October 9-12, the Greek island paradise of Kalymnos played host to the 2014 The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival. Thousands were on hand to take part in the event, participating in climbing competitions and celebrating legends of the sport. The North Face climber Matt Segal traveled to Kalymnos for the four-day festival, and came away with a reminder of how rich his sport’s history is.

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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... read more

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 end of the day, Japan’s Yuji Hirayama, Austria’s Gerhard Hörhager, Spain’s Patxi Arocena, Great Britain’s Ben Moon, USA’s Boone Speed and France’s Jean-Baptiste Tribout accomplished 9 of the 15 routes under the gaze of climbers from all over the world.

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