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After careful consultation regarding the interest of public health and safety, the Municipal Tourism Committee of Kalymnos has unanimously decided to cancel the "Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2020".



Μετά από προσεκτική διαβούλευση σχετικά με το ενδιαφέρον της δημόσιας υγείας και ασφάλειας η Δημοτική Επιτροπή Τουριστικής Ανάπτυξης και Προβολής του Δήμου Καλυμνίων αποφάσισε ομόφωνα την ακύρωση διεξαγωγής του Αναρριχητικού Φεστιβάλ Καλύμνου 2020». 



Enjoy J. Magkakis and his band playing live rock music! Only at Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2019

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 more than 800 shows in his career. In addition, he and his band have participated in shows abroad.


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.


George Galopoulos

George Galopoulos is an accomplished Electric/upright bassist with extended experience in performing and studying mainly in Holland and all over Greece


George Meimaris

George Meimaris is a red hot new guitarist with great passion and focus in the studying and performing guitar in many musical genres


Gk sound(George Kambouris is a great maestro and keyboardist and sound engineer with hundreds of shows covered by him.



Hazel Findlay will be making a presentation during this year's festival.


Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 26 years, and started out trad climbing on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. She dabbled in competition climbing - she was the British junior champion six times - but at 16 decided to give it up to focus on climbing on rock, especially trad climbing which is her main passion. Hazel has been a full time climber for the last four years, which has allowed her to travel all over the world climbing interesting pieces of rock.

Hazel was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan in Yosemite, which she has now done three times. Hazel has also red pointed 8c and onsighted many 8as, loves all types of climbing from bouldering to alpine climbing and is especially interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes.

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).

Kalymnos, one of the most popular rock climbing spots worldwide, according to 57 Hours.

Check the article here.

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 

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