For this year's festival, we' ll be happy to have with us:
- Daniel Woods
Daniel Woods began climbing at the age of 5 in Dallas, Texas where he is originally from. Later, he moved to Longmont, CO and enrolled in the BRC junior climbing team. This allowed him to perfect his skills and shape him into the climber that he is today. Daniel started out as an indoor competition sport climber, winning numerous youth local and national competitions. He then developed a passion for bouldering and outdoor climbing. At the age of 15, he established the hardest boulder problem in Colorado, Echale (v14/8B+) in Clear Creek Canyon. He went on to repeat several other v13s and 14s including Dreamtime (v14/8B+), Suspension of Disbelief (v13/8B), Black Lung (v13/8B), and The Swarm (v13/8B). In total, he has climbed 2 v16s/8C+ 20 v15/8C boulder problems, 57 v14/8B+, and 130+ v13/8B.
He has won the USA Climbing National Championships 9 times, gold medal at the 2010 Vail World Cup, silver medal at World Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands, bronze at World Cup in Hall Austria.
In the sport climbing realm, Daniel has climbed Papichulo (15a/ 9a+) in Oliana, Spain, Thor’s Hammer (15a/9a+) in Flatanger, Norway, Tinipi (15a/9a+) (FA at 4500 meters in elevation) and numerous 14a(8b+)-14d(9a) ascents.
It is safe to say that Daniel is a well rounded rock and competition climber achieving a high level in multiple disciplines within the genre of climbing. His passion for movement and the outdoors is contagious. He was born to be a climber.
- 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 (https://vimeo.com/117570995) 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 (http://kbecan.blogspot.com/2014/03/big-project-osp.html) 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.
- Anja Becan
Athlete and photographer.
We are very glad to announce our collaboration with Evolv Sports.
The CEO of Evolv Brian Chung and the Brand Manager Matthew Hulet will be attending this year’s festival.
Also, we are happy to announce the participation of the following Evolv Sports athletes (alphabetical order):
- Klemen Becan (http://www.evolvsports.com/athletes/ambassadors/klemenbecan/)
- Daniel Woods (http://www.evolvsports.com/athletes/ambassadors/daniel-woods/)
Thank you Evolv!
Enjoy our new video dedicated to Kalymnos Climbing Festivals!
Check out some photos from Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2016!
7 musicians on stage,playing a variety of styles and music genres from rock to reggae and blues/funk to jazz . Giorgos Boufidis saxophone/keyboards/music arrangements,John Magkakis electric guitars/back.vocals,Spyros Zairis lead vocals/acoustic guitar,Maria Foka flute,Leftis Sotiriadis drums,Drosos Tavlarios bass,Persephoni Koursari vocals.
The UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) is proudly supporting the Kalymnos Climbing Festival 2016, as an institutional partner. Every year, the federation grants a Rock Climbing Award to both, a well-established and exemplary festival and its two best climbers, respecting gender quotas. For quite some time now, the UIAA has had an eye on Kalymnos Climbing Festival and is thrilled to recognize its organization and participants.
The UIAA expert and former British climbing champion, Anne Arran, will be present throughout the event to evaluate different aspects from “Climbing for All”, to safety, to environmental protection. Based on her assessment, she will grant the prestigious UIAA Rock Climbing Award during Sunday’s closing ceremony.
The story goes, in Greece summer of 1984, Chaka Khan allegedly met a Greek sponge diver and had a little romance. It turns out the mysterious talk dark and handsome man was the Greek God Poseidon and he was never seen again. 1985, Taso was born, although Chaka Khan has no recollection of this night nor the birth and Taso was adopted by the sponge diving island of Kalymnos. Years later discovering his mermaid-like features and his love for dance music, it was a natural progression to become an electronic and house DJ producer.
Surrounded by the baron rocky island, a deep rooted sponge diving history, blue waters and his unexplainable burning desire to dig and learn about house, disco, funk, soul and reggae. Since discovering and recognising his destiny, Taso has kept club culture alive on the island together with his RELUVIN partner Sor for nearly a decade. Recognised as a unique boutique annual boat party, RELUVIN is internationally known for Kalymnos's independent dance music culture which has accomplished to a selected privileged audience who visit the island every year in summer, anticipating the RELUVIN experience. (www.facebook.com/reluvin)
You can find Taso at Kalymnos hot spots trying to to reconnect with his alleged mother and his recent work includes collaborations with DUST (Dubai), Nickodemus (Turntables On The Hudson, NYC), Electric Days (Dubai), Chloe (France), Manolaco (Blend Athens), Murat Kilic (Sydney), (Dj Angelo (Global Fantasy). Taso is an integral part of the development of new parties on the island, including a new festival programme launching soon. Stay tune for more mixtapes, remixes, releases and events.
-TASO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tasoreluvin
-TASO Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/mekasoul
-TASO Mixset: https://youtu.be/1I05zBy6OCY
RELUVIN was founded in 2007 by Tasos Kladitis (aka Taso).
It was the way to reconnect musically with his mate and other half of the band, Dimitris Kitsos (aka Sor)
Together are the power duo behind all happening with it.
RELUVIN for the island was the beginning of re-building the underground House community.
Beach/Club parties every year and a "Legendary" recognised as a unique boutique annual Boat Party, RELUVIN is internationally known for Kalymnos's independent dance music culture.
Now days the boys TASO+SOR working also on their own productions, trying to bring all their "djing" experience and feelings, into tunes.
RELUVIN was, is and always will be a big group of friends, having good times with real music. You make RELUVIN
-RELUVIN Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reluvin
-RELUVIN BOAT PARTY video: https://youtu.be/-zrOM6PSzyY
The Zlagboard Contest
At the Zlagboard Contest you can test your finger power at its finest! Participate and compare your strength with the one of fellow climbing enthusiasts. The mode is simple: hang on to the contest ledges as long as possible, with just the tips of your fingers. Your hang-time is measured precisely and will be part of the official hang-time world ranking.
So far, there have already been 39 official Zlagboard Contest, among others at IFSC world championships, the Rock Master Arco and many more. The world ranking lists internationally known climbers and the hang-time record is held by Ramonet Julián Puigblanque with unbelievable 2 minutes and 44,34 seconds.
Zlagboard Contest Kalymnos 2016
In the course of the Smart Climbing Festival Kalymnos, also the known Zlagboard Contest is taking place. After climbing, stop by at the Festival Base Camp, Hotel Elena Village, in the evenings of October 7th and 8th and hang on as long as you can!
The Zlagboard is the further development of a conventional fingerboard. With the corresponding application, an innovative training control is possible. Thanks to the patented mechanism the training device releases the sensors in smartphones und controls the training plans of the app automatically. The exact time measurement makes it possible to track performances and analyze results. The standardized sizes of the holds and the connection to social media makes it possible to compare and exchange performances with climbers from all over the world.