Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece

Kalymnos Climbing Festival, 7-9 October 2016


Another year, another festival! The dates this year are 7-9 October, and the event is organized by the Municipality of Kalymnos. The phenomenal climbers Angy Eiter, Roger Schaeli and Urko Carmona Barandiaran will be attending as special guests. Other events, according to the official schedule, include an open marathon, deep water solo, slackline, something called “Marasi climbing” (a children’s event), parties, and presentations by Urko and Angy on Friday and Saturday, respectively. For the last few in a row, the festival “basecamp” will be at Elena Village hotel, the event’s main sponsor.
According to the official site, the festival will benefit the island by “…Exploiting the competitive advantage of Kalymnos and branding the island as an ideal destination for climbing holidays…Development of other forms of alternative tourism like trekking, diving and caving.. Extension of the tourist period…Active participation of local population (personnel/volunteers, local businesses, local authorities etc)…A large number of passive participants (spectators like visitors, local population etc)…Know-how in managing and promoting the tourist product…Reinforcement of relations with other countries”. While it’s not immediately clear how a festival in October, when Kalymnos is already bursting at the seams, will lead to an “extension of the tourist period”, we do hope the island reaps some benefits.
See you there, perhaps, and if you are worried about the crags being too crowded in October, fret not: with nearly 3000 sport routes and a remarkable variety in grades, there is still something for everyone on our beloved island. Not to mention that after last year’s large-scale route maintenance project, Kalymnos is in better shape than ever.
For more info about the festival, please visit the official Kalymnos Climbing Festival page.

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4 Responses to “Kalymnos Climbing Festival, 7-9 October 2016”

  1. alex says:

    It is good that the municipality of kalymnos are learning to organize their own events and not depend on north face and others. Sure sponsors are welcome, but really, the last NF festivals werent that good. The petzl one rocked but that was in 2004 and there was a different spirit then.

    Why festivities? To celebrate, party, buy climbers some treats (yes, the previous festival was like a nice friendly treat:), gain experience in setting up nice festivities and -why not- party.

    Maybe its not the best festival ever, but really not being as commercial as the NF one and more “friendly” is good IMHO and i hope it stays!

  2. Pascal says:

    I do agree with spirosa!

  3. Christine says:

    yes i agree i grew up there but have away for a few years now.It would be to our islands benefit to be restored to its beauty and keep it clean.every one on that island visitors and local should do their best for the islands improvement.Start with the locals in power and the locals too..
    It’s a beautiful island that has the ability to draw you back to it.

  4. spirosa says:

    I don’t understand why Kalymnos feels the need for a festival every year. Surely whatever money is spent could be better used to improve basic infrastructure–reinforcing some paths, trimming the dangerously overgrown bushes along the Masouri-Arginonta road, better trash collection (still hoping against hope for recycling bins), advance scheduling of the Kos-Kalymnos ferry…to name a few. Any of these would be of immediate benefit to the island population as a whole, not just to climbers. I fail to see any benefit in “a large number of passive participants (spectators like visitors, local population etc)”. Anyway, I will still be visiting the island this autumn (for the 5th time), but I’m sure I speak for many climbers when I say these are real, not imaginary, improvements that finally need to be made.

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