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 Megos leading the classification having sent two routes on sight in the first hour.

After having approached the West Face of Skalia Cave, the 19 year old initiated his climb of “The Unexpected Journey”, a route with a suggested grade of 7C+, and completes it on sight. Roughly 20 minutes later he sets his mind on 8B graded “Don’t Touch My Balls” and sends that on sight too.

Kilian Fischhuber, on the other hand, sent “Don’t Call Me Greasy”

On the ladies side, Anna Stohr, sent “Banana Party” which has a suggested grade of 8A.

As the day goes on, we’ll see how things evolve – the comp is packed with world-class athletes with huge potential, such as Daniel Woods, Caroline Ciavaldini, Gabriele Moroni and Nina Caprez. The live stream of the event is happening today between 12.00 and 14.00 local time on our event page for Kalymnos: http://www.thenorthfacejournal.com/category/climbing/kalymnos/

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