Take your Rock Climbing to new heights with Rannveig Aamodt.
Join Rannveig for a week of climbing enjoyment to its fullest in her own little paradise, the Greek island of Kalymnos. This is an outdoor climbing retreat for people who want to take their climbing to the next level.
Rannveig will share her experience and expertise to help you overcome whatever you feel like you need to overcome to improve your climbing. For some, it might be getting comfortable on the rock when making
the shift from indoor to outdoor climbing. For others, it might be to overcome the fear of falling. Or maybe it is just the desire to improve your technique and become a stronger climber.
Rannveig will share her tips and tricks on how to best use your strengths and improve your weaknesses so that you can get over whatever hurdle is keeping you from growing as a climber. Together with Rannveig you will be able to create a fun and safe atmosphere to build confidence on the rock.
This retreat includes five climbing sessions and one rest day to enjoy and explore the island. Rannveig will be available throughout the retreat and open for discussions on whatever topics you are interested and bring to the table. During your time in Kalymnos, there will also be optional activities such as yoga, massage therapy, diving with dolphins, and more (cost not included in tuition).
Level of experience required: able to climb 5.10 and be comfortable belaying others.
- 6 Nights Accommodations
- 2 Whole Foods Meals Each Day (breakfast and dinner)
- Group Transport on Kalymnos island
- Climbing instruction and tips
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This family-run hotel is nestled among the world-famous rocks of Kalymnos Island. Ideally situated by some of Kalymnos’ most incredible rock formations, this hotel is the perfect base for rock climbers to explore the island. When you are not climbing, enjoy a short walk to a private bay with crystalline waters, watch the sunset over the small island of Telendos, and enjoy the peace and tranquility that make this island so magical. Dine of delicious Greek cuisine and get to know the family that runs this small hotel, all while having a truly Greek experience!
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***
Rannveig Aamodt is a rock climber, author, photographer, and speaker who splits her time between Norway and Colorado. She coaches a youth climbing team in Norway and is a certified yoga instructor. She spent many years in school studying alternative veterinary medicine.
In 2006, Rannveig spent most of the winter on cross-country skis, walking from the southern-most point to the norther-most point of Norway. The trip was 3,900 km, took 4 months, and was entirely self-supported. Raanveig hopes to cross Greenland the same way one day.
In April 2012, Rannveig broke her back, both her ankles, her pelvis, and her elbow in a 15m ground fall in Turkey. You can read about it here. She was in a wheelchair for two months and had to re-learn how to walk, but through rigorous training and a lot of determination, Rannveig returned to the best shape of her life. She loves climbing and what it has given her, despite it almost killing her. Rannveig’s immediate goals are to keep improving, keep traveling, and continue to have more fun than anybody else at the crag!
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
Please be sure to review Our Policies.
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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