This 7-day climbing trip to Kalymnos, Greece will go into the deeper understanding of moving and being on the rock as well as how to interact with the outdoors. We will address fear and develop confidence by learning and enhancing skills and understanding the fundamentals to being a good partner, an attentive belayer, and coming to trust yourself and the systems in place.
In addition, daily yoga classes will be offered by yoga teacher Alix Northup. Yoga and climbing are a natural match, both involve mindful movement and bring awareness to the present moment. Alix will be offering daily hatha yoga classes suitable for all levels that will include both active and restorative poses to help balance the muscles and realign the body to warm up and recover from climbing, increase flexibility, build strength, and focus the mind.
Hailed as a sport climber´s paradise, Kalymnos is surrounded by some of the finest limestone climbing in the world. Situated on the Aegean Sea, the Island offers an ideal range of climbing – from the grey slabs andmore vertical routes, to the impressive overhangs and tufas – the abundance of different styles is ideal to suit every level. It is the perfect location to discover climbing, or transition from climbing indoors to climbing outside, or for those already familiar with climbing to improve in the different styles of climbing.
The fun and relaxed island atmosphere with sunshine, amazing Greek food, and the clear blue Aegean sea make for an unforgettable experience.Rest days can be filled with local culture with scooters being readily available for rent as well as a local bus with excellent service around the island. Local fish and produce markets are abundant in the port area of Pothia. From the harbor of Myrties a ferry to numerous other local islands and hard to reach climbing caves is also readily available. Touring ancient ruins, the orchards and gardens of Vathi, or exploring the sea by snorkel or scuba diving are also excellent ways to spend a rest day and get to know the island.
- 6 Nights Accommodations
- 2 Whole Foods Meals Each Day (breakfast and dinner)
- Group Transport on Kalymnos island
- Climbing instruction and tips
- Yoga classes with Alix Northup
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This luxurious hotel in Kalymnos, Greece is sits by the sea and has unrivaled access to some of the best climbing spots in the world. Practice your climbing skills at the Grande Grotta, relax on the warm sands of Masouri Beach, or swim in the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea. Every morning starts with a traditional Kalmnian breakfast and every day ends with a delicious Greek dinner. Explore the nearby taverns or escape into the beautiful natural surroundings at this ocean-side Greek boutique hotel. It’s guaranteed to be a week full of un-forgettable adventures!
Climbing and Yoga Gear
Participants will be required to bring their own climbing and yoga gear. In addition, climbing gear is available to rent or buy on Kalymnos island. The prices are as follows:
Gear available for rent (shoes, harness, and helmet)
Climbing shoes: Available to rent for 6 euros per day
Harness: Available to rent for 5 euros per day Helmet: Available to rent for 5 euros per day
Gear available for purchase (ropes, chalk, and belay devices)
Kalymnos Rope 9.9mm/70M: Available to purchase for 139 euros Kalymnos Rope 9.9mm/80M : Available to purchase for 155 euros
Karma 9.8mm/70M: Available to purchase for 144 euros
Stinger 9.4mm/80M: Available to purchase for 221 euros
Joker 9.1mm/70M: Available to purchase for 214 euros
Joker 9.1mm/80M: Available to purchase for 230 euros
Chalk: Available to purchase for 2.99-11 euros
Chalk bags: Available to purchase for 20-33 euros
Gri-Gri 2: Available to purchase for 78 euros ATC: Available to purchase for 33 euros Reverso: Available to purchase for 33 euros
***Please Note: We recommend bringing your gear from home if possible as we cannot guarantee the quantity or quality of the gear available on Kalymnos***
Katie Lambert is a professional rock climber based out Bishop, CA. Originally from Louisiana, she found climbing at the age of 15 and, for the last two decades, has centered her life around making rock climbing and time spent outdoors a priority.
Katie has traveled extensively throughout the world for climbing and her knowledge of the rock extends from bouldering, to sport climbing, to trad climbing and big walls. Lambert helps with a Yosemite based non-profit called Sacred Rok, an organization dedicated to getting youth, primarily from California’s Central Valley, into nature to experience it for themselves, where she teaches climbing.
Lambert very frequently guides climbing in the Sierra Nevada and has a focus on empowering women and young girls to climb and experience the outdoors. She is also a Nutritionist and with knowledge on eating for health and performance she is actively practicing as a Nutritional Therapist. Lambert also writes a column for Climbing Magazine called Out on a Ledge, which comes out in print monthly or can be found electronically here.
“Katie’s courage, strength and guidance the remainder of the climb and descent are what made me realize how important relationships are in climbing.”
“Where I began to feel confident in my climbing ability was our lesson out at Iris Meadow; after our time together on the rock and on the ground I was ready to lead my first trad climb (which I did about a few weeks later here in Tahoe).”
Alix Northup is a Portland, OR based yoga instructor offering classes, workshops, and retreats locally and internationally.
A student for over twenty years, Alix has been teaching since 2007. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level and is also a licensed massage therapist. Her classes combine elements of meditative practice from various traditions of yoga and conscience movement, with the intention of bringing mindfulness into the yoga experience, on and off the mat. Alix enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors in her free time and is excited about joining her passion for climbing along with yoga. www.alixnorthup.com
Kalymnos is a stunning Greek island full of opportunities for relaxation, adventure, and fun! During your retreat, you will have free time to explore all this incredible island has to offer. Some tours and activities that are available on Kalymnos include:
- Tour the local ruins
- Shop for some Greek souvenirs
- Go scuba diving in the Aegean Sea
- Tour the Island to Vathi on scooter
- Explore the food markets in Pothia
- Hike around the island
- Visit the Cave of Skalia
- Kayaking trip on the Agean Sea
- Boat trip to Leros
*Tours and activities are not included in the tuition
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
There are two options for arriving in Kalymnos. You can either fly into Kalymnos Island National Airport (JKL) or take a ferry to the Kalymnos port. We will provide a group shuttle from both the airport and the port to the retreat center. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums.
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