Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece

A very sad day on Kalymnos


We were hoping this day would never come, but unfortunately the first fatal climbing accident on Kalymnos happened today. A Swiss climber lost his life this afternoon at sector Summertime/Magoulias Wall when he fell to the ground from the top of the route Fred 6b (30m). The exact cause of the accident cannot be determined, but it looks like the climber made a fatal error whilst untying and threading his rope through the lower-off, which is non-clipable (2 rings). The Kalymnos Rescue Team and the ambulance rushed to the crag, but it was already too late.


All of us here on the island, climbers and non-climbers alike, have been shocked and saddened by this unthinkable tragedy. On behalf of everybody on the Rescue Team and at Climb Kalymnos, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, who were with him at the crag, and to all who loved him.


We are so very sorry for your loss.

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23 Responses to “A very sad day on Kalymnos”

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  1. Michelle Bradbury says:

    My husband and I were climbing on Magulas Wall a few weeks ago when we came across the Memorial for Fred. We were shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Fred. Having experienced a recent bereavement, I can truly empathise with the anguish and sense of loss that his family and close friendships are feeling at this point in time.
    Bernie and I said some prayers alongside the memorial and I plan to lay some flowers on the memorial when we return to Kalymnos next year. Fred’s family remain in our thoughts.
    Michelle and Bernie Bradbury UK

  2. Claire says:

    Hi Barbara, we have emailed your sister in law. We met the Austrian couple (Karoline) and she gave us her email. Hope that she has recieved it. I will also email you. Thanks.

  3. S.K. says:

    I will miss him at work. He was one of the most scientifically driven and fair person I’ve worked with.

  4. Sandra says:

    I had to cry as I heard about this tragic accident. I hope this will never happen again. Kalymnos is my second love. How can this happen. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Family.

  5. Sheri says:

    The loss of a climber always touches the heart of the climbing community around the world. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends. He obviously had a heart for a full life and that makes it even harder to let him go. A few months after climbing on Kalymnos we lost a good friend who was on another adventure. I feel for you all. Vaya con Dios!

  6. Barbara says:

    dear claire and all the other climbers of kalymnos
    my sister in law would love to contact claire and her husband and the two italians who were climbing next to them. would you guys or anyone who knows them please contact me on and anyone who was there too, please?
    thanks so much

  7. netty says:

    It was sad to hear of the sad loss of a climber. We were there only a short time before the tragedy and witnessed happy people enjoying a fantastic day out. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and people who helped at the time.

  8. Another sad news in this week of tragedy… Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and every climber on the island.

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