One Week Until The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival

The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival will take place next week, from the 27th to 30th September. A weekend in Greece, packed with competition, newly bolted routes, spectacular climbing, story-telling from world-class athletes, lots of sun, fun and prizes. You can pre-register now: a TNF goody bag is up for grabs on a first-come-first-served basis.

Pre-registration for the festival is now open on the website

Two Weeks To Go Until The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival Begins #1, 182 kb
Two Weeks To Go Until The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival Begins #1
© Photographer: The North Face®/Damiano Levati

Open to climbers of all levels, Kalymnos Climbing Festival comprises three contests - an OPEN Marathon, a BIG Marathon, and the PROject competition.

PROject Comp

In collaboration with the municipality of Kalymnos, the PROject competition will be set on a 'virgin crag'. Eight routes have been specially bolted for the event. The €10,000 prize money will be divided by the number of successful repetitions on each route. Top climbers taking part will include TNF sponsored athletes Yuji Hirayama (JAP), Sam Elias (USA), Felipe Camarga (BRA) and Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA); as well as Gabriele Moroni (ITA); Nicolas Favresse (BEL); Kilian Fischhuber (AUT); Michael Fuselier (FRA); Dani Andrada (ESP); Anna Stöhr (AUT); Melissa Le Neve (FRA); Barbara Zangerl (AUT); and, Daila Ojeda (ESP).

OPEN Marathon and BIG Marathon

The OPEN Marathon will take place on existing routes ranging from 3c to 7a, with scoring based on team performance. You enter in a team of two, and there will be male, female and mixed categories. The BIG Marathon, also for teams of two, with male, female and mixed categories and scored overall, will comprise of 155 routes from 7a+ to 8a. Prizes will be TNF gear, with a total value of €5,000.

Evening Entertainment

While the sun sets over a long day of climbing on Friday 28th September 2012, TNF sponsored climbers James Pearson (UK) and French partner Caroline Ciavaldini will be joined by special guest, Belgian Nicolas Favresse, to tell stories of adventure and exploration in the world's most remote climbing locations. Final competition celebrations commence at 20.30 on Saturday 29th September 2012, with a traditional Greek dinner, drinks and music, followed by the official prize giving for all competitions and a pool party with live DJ set at The North Face Base Camp.

Poster for Event, 205 kb

The North Face Kalymnos Festival Schedule

Wednesday, 26th September 2012

11am-10pm: OPEN Marathon and BIG Marathon Official Registration

Thursday, 27th September 2012

7.30am-3pm: PROject Competition
11am-10pm: OPEN Marathon and BIG Marathon Official Registration
5.00pm: The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival Official Opening

Friday, 28th September 2012

7.30am-5pm: PROject Competition
8am-1pm: OPEN Marathon and BIG Marathon Official Registration
9am-5pm: OPEN Marathon and BIG Marathon – Day 1
9.30pm: Seaside Story Teller's Night

Saturday, 29th September 2012

7.30am-5pm PROject Competition
9am-5pm OPEN Marathon and BIG Marathon – Day 2
8.30pm-10.30pm: Greek dinner with local food and traditional music
10.30pm: Prize giving
11.30pm: Party with live DJ set

Sunday, 30th September 2012

10am-4pm: Chill-out climbing with The North Face athletes
5.00pm: Official closure


Check out The North Face twitter and Facebook pages and The North Face Journal. These will be continually updated over the course of the weekend.

For more information visit The North Face
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