Join world champion climber, Sasha DiGiulian, and True Nature Travels for the 2nd year of The Ultimate Greece Climbing Adventure in Kalymnos, Greece. Sasha will share intermediate and advanced climbing techniques to help you build confidence while climbing on the rocks in Kalymnos and at your home crag.
This 6-day climbing trip and clinics will focus on various techniques, some which were covered on the 2018 retreat and new sessions for those that are returning again. During this climbing retreat, move beyond what you thought was possible and leave Greece feeling stronger than ever.
It is a prerequisite for this trip that you are comfortable climbing grades 5.9-5.10 and are competent top-rope belaying.
Kalymnos, Greece has been called the mecca for rock climbers. Located on the Aegean Sea, this island is covered in some of the world’s best limestone and offers endless vertical routes and striking overhangs. Your climbs will feature unbelievable views of the crystalline ocean, so join us and soak in the beauty that makes Greece one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
When you’re not climbing, take advantage of the opportunity to explore this untouched Greek island. Dine on delicious, fresh Greek cuisine; go snorkeling in the warm Aegean Sea; explore the local villages on foot, bus, or scooter; tour ancient Greek ruins; wander the orchards and gardens of Vathi; take a day trip to one of the neighboring islands; or simply sit back and relax!
- 6 Nights Accommodations
- 2 Whole Foods Meals Each Day (breakfast and dinner)
- Group Transport around Kalymnos island
- Climbing instruction and tips from Sasha
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This luxurious hotel in Kalymnos, Greece 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 day will start with a traditional Kalymnian breakfast and end with a delicious Greek dinner. Explore the nearby taverns or escape to the beautiful natural surroundings at this ocean-side Greek boutique hotel. It’s guaranteed to be a week full of un-forgettable adventures!
Sasha first began climbing at 6 years old, in 1998. She has won the World Championships for Female Overall, and has placed Silver in the Bouldering World Championships, as well as Bronze in the Duel. Sasha has been the undefeated pan-American Champion 2004 to the present, and she is a three-time US National Champion.
Outdoors, Sasha is the first North American woman to climb the grade 9a, 5.14d, recognized as one of the hardest sport climbs achieved by a female. She has done two. Sasha was the third woman in the world to accomplish this grade. Additionally, she has onsighted multiple 8b+’s, 5.14a’s, ascended groundbreaking multipitch routes of up to 1000 feet of 8c climbing, and has accomplished multiple First Ascents and 28 First Female Ascents around the world, including a First Female Ascent on the North Face of the Eiger.
DiGiulian graduated from Columbia University in New York City, having studied Nonfiction Writing and Business. She is on the Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation and serves as a Global Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play, Up2Us Sports, and the American Alpine Club. She also has served as an Athlete Representative on the board of the International Federation of Sport Climbing. She has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including GLAMOUR Magazine’s Top College Women of the Year, 2016, the Cutting Edge Athlete Award for 2014 performance, presented by the American Alpine Club, The Golden Piton Award, and the Arco Rock Legend Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Outdoors.
In addition to climbing, DiGiulian has a column with Outside Magazine and has been a published writer by other publications, including National Geographic, Rock and Ice, SELF, Seventeen, and CRAVE. She travels globally for appearances and events, including public speaking and clinics.
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
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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.
It is a prerequisite for this trip that you are comfortable climbing grades 5.9-5.10.
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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