Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kalymnos Climbing Courses


Kalymnos From the Gym to the Crag - XXL
Learn or refresh your skills to safely climb outdoor sport routes on Kalymnos!


safety, rope technique, climbing technique, lead climbing, improve your level, etc.

COURSE 1: 20. August - 27 August 2014, €500,— per person

COURSE 2: 27. August - 03. September 2014, €500,— per person

Kalymnos Multi-Pitch Sport - XXL
Learn or refresh your skills to safely climb multi-pitch sport routes on Kalymnos!

Safety, rope technique, retreat & basic partner rescue, topi reading, equipment, etc.

There are many sectors with 2-3 pitch routes and multi-pitch routes over two hundred meters long on Kalymnos from 5a/b to 7a+

03. September - 10 September 2014, €500,— per person

Book both Kalymnos From the Gym to the Crag - XXL & Kalymnos Multi-Pitch XXL for €900,—, Save €100,—!

Kalymnos Climbing Instruction & Guiding Rates

€35,— per hour, minimum booking two hours
€100,—half day / 4 hours (each additional participant, €50,—)
€150,— full day / 6+ hours (each additional participant, €50,—)
€500,— per week per person

Multi-Pitch Guiding €250,— (full day)

Kalymnos Program Overview:

Kalymnos Connection - Full-Service Program for Sport Climbers of all Levels
Kalymnos Climb! - Basic Climbing Service for Sport Climbers of all Levels
Kalymnos Beach & Climb - Holiday Program for Teens and Young Adults
Kalymnos From the Gym to the Crag XXL - Sport Climbing Course

Kalymnos Multi-Pitch Sport XXL -Multi-Pitch Sport Climbing Course

Full Information Here

Use the Contact Form on the Right to Learn More!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Awesome April

Looking back from the prospective of mid-May, I am still a bit overwhelmed with how fantastic the month of April was for me. Simply awesome. The two highlights were completing the Chamonix to Zermatt ski traverse and a three-week sport climbing trip to Kalymnos.

I was very fortunate to guide five excellent and top-fit skiers on the "Haute Route" from Chamonix/Argentiere to Zermatt. The group was a private group from the Salzburg Alpenverein.

exiting the coulior at the col du passon
We had relatively good weather. At times it was very windy and cold. On the last day, our stage to reach the Schönbiel hut above Zermatt, the weather turned and the visibility was restricted with strong winds and light snow.. The ski traverse was really exceptional because of the fantastic mountain environment, the time spent together in the huts hanging out with all the participants and the wonderful feeling of jointly succeeding in reaching a shared goal.
skiing down from the col du sovereu to lac des dix

Personally for me what was a great lesson in life was how the trip became a reality based on a simple conversation between myself and two of the participants during a rainy fall day in the climbing gym. Two long-time friends mentioned how many great experiences we shared as a group that was regularly underway over the last seven/eight years as I guided them on many trips in the mountains: Grand Paradiso North Face, Hoch Tirol ski traverse, ice faces in Tirol and Salzburg, Mont Blanc from Italy, etc., etc. I mentioned that I would love to do the Chamonix-Zermatt traverse this season and they said that would be a great excuse to get the group together again.
on top of the pigne d'arola, 3790m
I was determined to see that I saw the tour through to Zermatt from the germination of a seemingly simple comment. I believed in our success as step-by-step small signs would materialise giving me indications that the mountain gods where aligning and giving us the chance to realise a special life-long goal.

I was back in Salzburg for a brief week before flying to Kalymnos. Like the Chamonix-Zermatt traverse, the germination for a sport climbing trip to Kalymnos came from an off-handed remark a client, Martina, made while training in the Anif climbing gym. She was saying that the wet early spring weather was making it impossible to climb outdoors and she would love to go to Kalymnos again over Easter. "I'd go in a minute", I responded, adding that I was serious and lets do it. 
at the schönbiel hut with the matterhorn in the background
A few weeks later, four of us were sitting on the train to Munich on our way to our flight to Kos and ferry transfer to Kalymnos! I had a fun week with Martina and Sophie, then a second week together with Jennifer and the third week I was able to set up the cooperation with a partner organisation on Kalymnos to instruct and guide sport climbing and put up some new routes with my friend Claude.

On Kalymnos, I was able to climb with my friends Nicola, Claude and Yannis as well as meet and climb with a handful of Italians and Greeks that are distend to become friends as we certainly will reunited on Kalymnos in the future.

As I become more and more aware of how life really works, I am just learning how what seems as an insignificant thought can be channeled into actions and behaviours that bring meaningful, true fulfilment in life.

Monday, May 12, 2014


On-site, professional, flexible, customer-oriented service for climbers on the Greek island of Kalymnos and it’s neighbouring island Tolendos

In 2003, Climbing Magazine (USA) labeled Kalymnos as a paradise for sport climbers. Since that time, Kalymnos and Tolendos have developed as one of the top European vacation climbing destinations for sport climbers of all ages, abilities and desires.

As a climbing destination …
More than 2,500 routes!
More than 50 climbing sectors
Short approaches to the climbing sectors
Concentration of climbing sectors that are reached by foot or a very short drive (5-15 minutes)
Stable Weather from April through October
Shaded sectors and crags or unlimited summer climbing

As a holiday destination …
A simple, beautiful, island next to Kos
Wonderful beaches
No mass tourism! An authentic Greek experience
Variety of tavernas & restaurants
Locally run nightlife: clubs, cafes, bars, discos
Perfect balance of active climbing and sea-side relaxation


I am your local, on-site, expert an email, phone call or sms away!

Step 1: Book your flight (suggested arrival on Kos)
Step 2: Inform me of your arrival date and time
Step 3: You will receive a question form from me outlining the services required & accurate transfer information from Kos to Kalymnos

Step 4: I will meet you in the Kalymnos harbour of Pothia for your taxi transfer to your hotel or studio

Step 5: Island overview and orientation within 24 hours after arrival, arrange climbing times, book extra services, coordinate activities, etc.

What’s left is to enjoy your holiday climbing time without stress or worries!


Tourist Related Services
  • Island orientation and overview
  • Pick-up in Kalymnos harbour and transfer to accommodation
  • Assistance / Organisation with hotel, studio or other accommodation booking
  • Assistance / Organisation with scooter or car rental
  • Kalymnos Resque Card - discounts on shops, restaurants, cafes, etc.
  • Organisation of ferry tickets and taxi transfer to Pothia (Kalymnos harbour) for departure
  • Non-Climbing excursions and activities as requested (at additional cost)
    • sunset cruise
    • visits of neighbouring islands
    • beach visits by land or by sea
    • “Top of Tolendos” mountain hike
    • restaurants & tavernas
    • dinner cruise
    • etc., etc.

Climbing Related Services
  • Professional care and safety in all climbing activities
  • Instruction and training
  • Enjoy and improve your climbing in appropriately chosen climbing sectors and routes for your ability
  • Personal training for individuals and small groups
  • Multi-Pitch guiding and instruction
  • Video analysis
  • Consultation regarding training, nutrition, mental aspects, etc.
  • Equipment rental if needed

Cost & Fees:
First Week Charge €800,— per Person (Adult), each additional week €600,—
Family Discount - Children (15 years and younger), €400,— per week

Price Includes:
Pick-up and transfer to and from Kalymnos harbour
Island orientation and overview
Organisation & Booking of Accommodation
Organisation & Booking of rental car or scooter
All climbing activities
Equipment rental if needed
Kalymnos Resque Card

Price Does Not Include:
Transfer to Kos harbour of Mastahari
Ferry transfer to Kalymnos
Accommodation cost
Food & Drink
Car or Scooter rental


Beach & Climbing Holidays for July & August 2014!

First Week Charge €800,— per Person, each additional week €600,—

Price Includes:
Pick-up & transfer to and from Kalymnos harbour
Island orientation and overview
Hotel organisation & booking at Plaza Hotel (http://www.plazahotel.gr/index.php/en/) or Continental Hotel (http://www.continental-hotel.gr) Kalymnos
Scooter reservation & booking
4 - days of climbing per week
Equipment rental if needed
Kalymnos Resque Card
Beach & Taverna visits
Tolendos excursion

Addional climbing, services, activities available at an extra charge!

Price Does Not Include:
Transfer to Kos harbour of Mastahari
Ferry transfer to Kalymnos
Hotel cost
Food & Drink
Scooter rental