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Moritz Hans, a famous climber, will be joining us at Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2019.


Red Chili Young Gun Moritz Hans (born 1996) always stood on the winner's podium at the Kids Cups until, finally in 2008, he was allowed to play with the big guys and made it to 3. place in the ranking list.

He also shows what he can do on rock: he flashed an 8a during a Red Chili foto shoot in Cinque Torri.



Deutscher Vize Meister im lead bei den Herren und bei den Junioren 2014

Deutscher Vize Meister im bouldern bei den Junioren 2014

BaWü Meister im bouldern 2013, 2014, 2015

4. beim boulder Europacup in Laugender 2014



Routen outdoor:

8b Fotoshot Margalef (Laboratori)

8b el bal de Triceps Margalef

8b Kommando Madrid Mallorca


Boulder outdoor:

8a UG 2 Magic Wood

8a Octopussy Magic Wood

8a Right Hand of Darkness Magic Wood

8a+ Karma Fontain Bleau

Aristomenis Thanopoulos, one of the best Greek climbers, has confirmed he will be participating at this year's festival. He'll be making a presentation titled "Deep Water Soloing explorations across the Greek coastline".


Aristomenis Thanopoulos was born in Patras in 1973 and started rock climbing in 1991 in the local crags Kalogria and Varasova. 

In 1996 and 1997 he accomplishes the 1st repeats of the hardest routes in Greece at the time, ‘Koralli’ (8a/8a+) and “Seirina” 8b, while in 2003 and 2004 he pushes further the limits of free climbing in the country to 8b+ (“Theia Diki”) and 8c (“Pteranodous”) respectively. Notoriously passionate about on-sight climbing, he is the 1st Greek to have on-sighted every grade from 7b or 7b+ till 8a, mostly during trips to the most important European crags, such as Arco, Tarn, Ceuse, Rodellar, etc. He won numerous national competitions and participated 6 times in the World Cup. He has put up about 200 new routes in Greece, mainly around Patras, mostly bolted, some natural, and a few hard multipitch routes in the Greek mountains. He has also climbed extensively in the Dolomites, where some of his most important ascents include the one-day red point of “AKUT” (8a, 500m) and the on-sighting of “via Calispera” (7c+/8a, 200m) and “Sognando Aurora” (7b+, 600m). During the last decade he has explored a significant part of the Greek coastline for the purpose of Deep Water Soloing, where he has climbed numerous new lines and some very long traverses up to 800m with difficulties up to 8a. The description of these explorations will be the main objective of his presentation during the Kalymnos International Festival 2019.

Aristomenis Thanopoulos holds a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering and is usually occupied, when not climbing, as an adjunct Professor in Technological Educational Institutes and in Institutes of Vocational Training.

Related links

Climbing CV.

8a Climbing profile.

Top 5 climbers in Greece (Greek article).


Loukas Dourdourekas, one of the best Greek climbers, will be making a presentation and participating in our activities, during this year's festival. Don't miss it!


Loukas is originally from Levadia but he has been living and working on Kalymnos for several years and is one of the most renowned top climbers in Greece.

He’s been participating in the Greek National Competitions since a very young age, always placing in the top three. His love and passion for rock climbing lead him to ascends in Mounts Olympus, Parnasos and Giona, the tallest in Greece, but also Mont Blanc, as well as various ranges in Spain, Italy, France and Thailand. At 22, he won the Greek Cup and joined the National Climbing Team in the World Climbing Championships.

He is a certified climbing trainer and climbing instructor, owner of an indoor climbing gym that introduces the locals to the world of climbing and trains climbers to improve both their skills and performance alike. His major accomplishment was in 2015 in Kalymnos, when he sent Insallah (sector North Cape), the first 8c+ climbed by a Greek.

He has successfully climbed sport routes up to 8c (5.14b) and boulder problems up to 8a+ and (V13), which are among the most difficult climbs / boulders ever accomplished by a Greek climber. Presently, Lucas is being sponsored by some of the top international, climbing companies including: Wild Country (U.K.), Sterling Rope(U.S.A.), Moonclimbing (U.K.) and Red Chili (DE). He will meet you at his natural habitat, the crags!



Also, check the following article.

Top 5 climbers in Greece (Greek article).

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:00

Kalymnos Climbing Festival documentary

Watch our Climbing Festival documentary!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:54

Photos of Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2018

We 've started posting photos of Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2018. You can see them on our official facebook page 

Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:31

Information about the climbing rally

Press here to read information about the climbing rally.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:28

Information about climbing clinics

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Climbing Instructors: Klemen Becan, Alex AJ Johnson, Lucas Dourdourekas


THURSDAY 04/10/2018

• 08:00- 18:00 Opening of Registrations at hotel Elena Village (Festival’s Base Camp)


FRIDAY 05/10/2018

• 08:00- 18:00 Registrations at hotel Elena Village.

• 10:00 – 13:00 Climbing Clinics Day 1 / Group A 

• 13:00 Greek dancing lessons (Elena Village – pool area).

• 15:00 – 18:00 Climbing Clinics Day 1 / Group B 

• 20:30 Opening Ceremony (Elena Village).

• 21:00 Audiovisual Presentation by Alex ‘AJ’ Johnson (Elena Village).

• 22:00 Welcome Party with DJ (Elena Village).


SATURDAY 06/10/2018

• 08:00- 18:00 Registrations at hotel Elena Village.

• 08:00 – 17:00 Open Climbing Rally.

• 10:00 – 13:00 Climbing Clinics Day 2 / Group A 

• 13:00 Greek dancing lessons (Elena Village).

• 15:00 – 18:00 Climbing Clinics Day 2 / Group B 

• 21:00 Audiovisual Presentation by Peter Croft (Elena Village).

• 22:00 Party with DJ (Elena Village).


SUNDAY 07/10/2018

• 08:00- 17:00 Registrations at hotel Elena Village.

• 11:00 – 17:00 Day Cruise 

• 20:00 Closing and Awards Ceremony (Elena Village).

• 21:00 Fare well party with live rock music (Elena Village).


English short version (PDF)

Greek short version (PDF)

Monday, 17 September 2018 06:17

Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2018 Athletes

Alex "AJ" Johnson

 Alex Johnson is a professional climber representing Evolv at the Kalymnos Climbing Festival and is the head coach at Vertical Endeavors climbing gym in Minneapolis, MN. She's been climbing for twenty years, has two Bouldering World Cup gold medals, has been a National Champion in all three disciplines; Bouldering, Sport, and Speed, and spent sixteen years on the US Climbing Team. Along with a decorated competitive career, Alex has put up first ascents around the Southwest, and claimed dozens of first female ascents on climbs ranging from V10 to V13.

Alex Johnson official website

Alex Johnson on Instagram

Klemen Becan

At age 7 Klemen tried to climb for the first time and since then all he wanted to do was to climb. Soon he joined the competition group and started to train more seriously and with age 14 he started with international competitions on the Slovenian Youth team. He had many good results and at age 15 he became world youth champion. In the big competitions it was a little harder and he had to fight from the back of the rankings and in the year 2008 he finally got to the top of the podium on World cup competition in Kranj, Slovenia. In bouldering World cups he got two second places in year 2009.

More important for him than competitions was always rock climbing outside and he spends as much time as possible in nature. On sight is his favorite thing and in 2004 he did his 1st 8b+ on sight. Many other hard routes followed with the hardest one Siempre se Puede Hacer Menos ( where he did on sight first ascent graded first 8c+ and later downgraded to “only” 8c after finding easier way out at the top. Klemen doesn’t like to spend much time working the routes but he still managed to do some 9a’s with the hardest one being Water World in Osp ( where he had to approach with the kayak or later on Tyrolean traverse. At the moment he’s putting a lot of energy into bolting new routes all over the world and of course climbing them after.

Klemen Becan webpage

Peter Croft

Canadian living in California - loves to climb big routes!

First one day ascent of El Capitan and Half Dome in 1986 

First solo of Astroman and the Rostrum in 1987

First ascent (on sight) of the Shadow (5.13) in Squamish 1988

First free ascent of the Moonlight Buttress in Zion 1992

First one day ascent of the Nose and Salathe routes in 1992

First ascent of the Evolution Traverse in high Sierra 1999

First ascent of Airstream (5.13) on the Incredible Hulk, High 2004

Living in Bishop California with wife Karine


Enjoy J. Magkakis and his band playing live rock music! Only at Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2018 - Guest appearance from the American singer and songwriter Bree Sharp

 John Magkakis

A versatile guitarist musician in all music genres allowing him to have a career in Athens playing as a session guitarist in all music genres,from being a hired gun next to the stars of Greek pop music scene to being a leader in bands playing from rock to the most progressive fusion styles,he appeared several times in national TV and contributed in many recording sessions, he has also won an international guitar competition as a youngster. He played near 700 shows in his career

Bree Sharp

Bree Sharp (born December 17, 1975)[1] is an American singer and songwriter influenced by rock, pop, and folk. As of the 2010s, she is the lead vocalist of the electropop band Beautiful Small Machines.

Spyros Zairis

Spyros Zairis is an accomplished vocalist moving in and out many styles of music who has appeared in hundreds of shows giving a unique color with his brilliant voice.

Lefteris Sotiriadis

Lefteris Sotiriadis is a drumming powerhouse with an extended experience performing in literary hundreds of live concerts.


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