6-Day Beginner Rock Climbing Course on Kalymnos

Beginners come enjoy new experiences during a week long course, learn climbing on Kalymnos one of the most beautiful Greek islands, bask in Mediterranean sunshine and enjoy warm Kalymnian hospitality.

Safe Ascent

You will learn the essential knot, how to use gear and belay on top-rope

Master Verticaly

You will discover how to move on the rock. Footwork, Handholds, Body Position are the keys.

Island Atmosphere

Enjoy Kalymnian hospitality, the sea and breathtaking scenery.

The ideal opportunity to discover the pleasure of the rock climbing!

Are You a Beginner?

Beginner climbers with no experience of climbing.

If you have experience climbing indoors, go to the intermediate rock climbing course (click here).

The perfect introduction to rock climbing, learn the basics techniques of rock climbing over 6 days in Kalymnos.

Whatever your ability I will work with you to make sure you feel safe and enjoy yourself.

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 beginner climbing course


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 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 per day, 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.


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

Become Familiar With Methods For Safe Ascents

«You can have all the tools in the world, but if you don’t believe in yourself, it’s useless.»
Ken Jeong


Keeping Your Partner Safe


Bringing The Rope to Life


Climbing with the Safety of an Overhead Rope


Outfiting for the Climb

Master Verticality: Dancing on the Rock

Climbing is a rewarding combination of adventure and gymnastics: finding the best handholds, placing your feet confidently, moving efficiently, using good technique.


Efficient Climbing Requires Good Footwork


Use the lightest Possible Grip to Make the Moves

Body Position

Adapt to the Rock

Moving on the rock

A Combination of Gymnastics, Vertical Dance and Full-on Monkey Manoeuvre: Find Your Style!

Enjoy Moments of Camaraderie and Make Memories on Kalymnos

Breathtaking Scenery
Surrounded by the sea
22 - 27 June
Spaces available
14 - 19 September
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 : 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!

Me & a friend were complete beginners to rope climbing, Fred made us feel completely at ease & took us to some great beginners routes. I really felt like my climbing had improved hugely after a couple of lessons with him! Thanks Fred!

NikkiParticipant of the September 2018 trip

Great climbing lessons!! Thank you Fred for fun and safe routes and advice! Lots of different routes that was great for us begginers!

NikiParticipant of 4 day lesson in June 2017

Très bon encadrement et plein de découvertes en escalade mais pas que... le tout dans un cadre exceptionnel ! Merci Fred

RaphaelleParticipant of the August 2017 trip

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