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.
The lycra-wearing climbing legends, with 30 – 40 years of climbing under their belts, displayed incredible motivation and showed exactly why they were so important to the development of the sport.
Below are the results and name of the routes they climbed.
The event had another nice touch to it, as so many of today’s top athletes, from Alexander Megos to Matt Segal, Simone Moro and Caroline Ciavaldini were on site to spectate. The old and new generations of professional climbers regrouped to share moments at the festival.
Another spectacular day at the Kalymnos Climbing Festival has taken place, tomorrow being the last one with the new Deep Water Soloing format of the event. Watch this space for more updates and awesome photos.
Credit: Damiano Levati, Matteo Mocellin and Eddie Gianelloni