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6-Day Advanced Rock Climbing Course on Kalymnos

An opportunity to tackle world famous routes with tuition from an experienced guide

Training

Improve your technique and work on weaknesses.

Develop Your Mental

You will build your confidence by stretching your confort zone and developing visualisation.

Island Surrounding

You will be fascinated by this overwhelming island with incredible scenery and hospitality.

The ideal opportunity go outside your confort and to push yourself to reach a new level and learn more about yourself.

Are You an Advanced Climber?

For climbers comfortable at level 6b (5.10c) to 7a/b (5.12) who want to push themselves and achieve something new.

The start of the week will allow for an analysis of your current climbing, after which I can offer advice and tuition for your improvement for example, optimising grip, enhancing the rhythm of climbing, speed as well as reading and memorising routes.

If you come with a specific goal you can work towards this in a supportive and relaxed environment.

There is an opportunity to do a day long boat excursion of the surrounding islands, where we will search for the local dolphins and try an exhilarating climb over the sea (deep water solo).

There is plenty of opportunity to experience the beauty and the culture of the island in the scheduled free time, making this the perfect holiday and adventure journey.

The Schedule Of Your Week

6-day advanced climbing course

Arrive

Arrive on Kalymnos at the port of Pothia and make your way to your chosen accommodation (see «How to get to Kalymnos» in Useful info tab). We highly recommend you stay in the villages of Masouri or Myrties as these areas are closest to the crags and most convenient for your stay (shops, restaurants etc.).

Days 1 and 2: climbing

4-5 hours of climbing typically in the morning (see What you will learn). The rest of the day relax at the beach, discover the surrounding villagesenjoy your evening with Greek cuisine etc.

Day 3: day long boat trip (optional)

We board for a sea trip. In the vicinity of the island’s fish farms, dolphins are regularly present, jump into the water to try to observe these playful mammals. Try deep water soloingclimb over the sea… it’s unforgettable! Unless you are Alex Honnold you will probably end up in the sea, so be prepared to swim!

Day 4 to 6: climbing

Get back into the rhythm with 4 to 5 hours of climbing. Progress at your own pace on the island’s many routes! One day will be dedicated to climbing on Telendos, the iconic island in front of Kalymnos.

Depart

It’s the end of your retreat, feel free to leave whenever you want. The transfer is to be organised by your own means (see the section “how to get there”).

Optional: one or two day of muti-pitch

After your course, it’s possible to discover multi-pitch climbing over one or two days. I can offer to guide you or teach you to become autonomous on multi-pitch. The number of participants is limited to 4.

What You Will Learn

To be Further, You have to Train

Everything is training.

Warm-up

Get the Blood Pumping, Engage Your Muscles

Work your weakness

Quiet Feet, Rhythm and Momentum. Smooth Movements and Relaxed Body, Pace, Steady Breathing

Improve your technique

Kneebar, Twist-Lock, Opposing Force, Hook, Undercling, Gaston

Balance

Well Over Your Feet

Develop your Mental Wings for Improving your Performance

«The brain is the most important muscle for climbing»
Wolfgang Güllich

Fears

Reasonable and Unreasonable

Visualisation

Find Your Peak Performance Zone

Climbing performance triad

Foster Mental Control  and Avoid Sabotaging Your Physical and Technical Abilities

Build your confidence

Stretch Your Comfort Zone, Pre-climb Rituals, Control Stress and Tension, Positive Talk

Enjoy Moments of Camaraderie and Make Memories on the Island

Atmosphere
Breathtaking Landscape
Beautiful coastline
Friendship
13 - 18 April
Spaces available
27 April - 2 May
Spaces available
11 - 16 May
Spaces available
25 - 30 May
Spaces available
8 - 13 June
Spaces available
6 - 11 July
Spaces available
20 - 25 July
Spaces available
3 - 8 August
Spaces available
17 - 22 August
Spaces available
31 August - 5 September
Spaces available
28 September - 3 October
Spaces available
12 - 17 October
Spaces available
26 - 31 October
Spaces available
9 - 14 November
Spaces available
The price includes
  • 6 days of climbing lessons with a qualified instructor (4-5h/day)
  • Climbing equipment provided (excluding climbing shoes)
  • Daily transfers to / from climbing spots
The price does not include
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Transfer to and from Kos airport to accommodation
  • Activities not mentioned in the program or other expenses incurred
  • Cancellation and multi-risk insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in “the price includes”
  • Number of participants : 6 maximum
  • Minimum age for courses is 12 years old and children under 16 must accompanied by an adult (contact me for further details).
How to get to Kalymnos?

It is recommended you arrive at Kos airport, then take a bus or taxi to Mastichiari port, where you can take the boat to Kalymnos. While waiting for your ferry, do not hesitate to enjoy the small beach, bars and restaurants nearby. First steps to island life!

You can also choose a flight with a longer stop over in Athens. This will allow you to rest there for a night, or even take the time to visit the city if your schedule allows it. It is also possible to take a ferry from Athens, but beware the travel time of the ferry is 12 hours. Check flights, hotels and ferries accordingly.

Ferry from Kos to Kalymnos

Ferry departures usually run late into the evening, remember to check the schedules in case you need to spend the night on Mastichiari (up to date ferry schedule can be found here : http://climbkalymnos.com). It takes about 30 minutes to cross with the fast ferries (45 minutes with the slow ones). There is no need to reserve the ferry in advance, a small ticket desk will open on the harbour just before departure. A taxi from the airport to the port of Mastichiari takes about 7 minutes and costs 15€. Some buses are also available (2,5€), they don’t take too much longer but are limited and can sometimes be late.

How to get to your accommodation?

Arrive on Kalymnos at the port of Pothia, and make your way to your chosen accommodation (feel free to ask me where to stay). It’s highly recommended you stay in the villages of Masouri or Myrties as they are closest to the crags and most convenient for your stay (shops, restaurants etc.). Buses and taxis are available at the port.

When to arrive?

I advise you to arrive at least one day before the start of the course. Activities start on Day 1 in the morning.

Where do we eat?

There is a wide variety of options for dinning depending on your budget. I’m happy to provide you with suggestions and always enjoy sharing a meal after a long day of climbing.

What you should bring?
  • Climbing shoes (possible to rent in local climbing shop)
  • Sensible footwear for the approach (running or hiking shoes)
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Bag to bring equipment (minimum 30 litres)
  • Your sense of adventure!

After 2 weeks on the island with friends, I climbed one more week with Fred. In this week, I managed to improve my climbing, much faster than I otherwise would have done. Fred is a great instructor, has a professional attitude and a thorough knowledge of the island. He works on a personal level with your goals and aspirations and most importantly, he is a really nice guy to spend your time with. Highly recommended!

JonasParticipant of 5-day course in June 2019

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