Pinnacle Sports Kalymnos 2014 Tour – Pt 1

Kalypt1_storyheaderThe first Kalymnos tour with Pinnacle Sports kicked off with a bang this year. With Pinnacle climbing guides Peta Barrett and Scott Hailstone. We introduced the delights of the beautiful and sunny Greek Island of Kalymnos to three first timers and two returning veterans of previous tours.

Kalymnos has a huge range of crags, with excellent climbing at all grades especially in the french 6 grade (17-22 Ewbanks grades), it is the perfect location to consolidate your grades and push on through to the next level. The climbing is all limestone, ranging from prickly grey slabs through to staggeringly overhung tufa pumpfests. Often you get a combination of all styles even on the same route!

This is what one of our returning tour members had to say about this year’s trip …

“Kalymnos 2014 marks my third trip with Peta and Scott and I can’t really say enough about them as guides.  From the meticulous planning that goes into each day, to the coaching and support given to every climber, to the many hours spent just making sure everyone has a great time, Peta and Scott make every day of every trip memorable.

I’ll (reluctantly) leave Kalymnos as a stronger climber physically, mentally and technically and with a swag of great memories and unexpected achievements. Can’t recommend this trip highly enough! – Cheers, Colin”

Here are some photos from the first week of the trip to whet your appetite for the honey dripping sweet greek treat that is Kalymnos :)

Stay tuned for part 2 …

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A team gathering, discussing safety at the crag and preparation to get on lead.

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Kaly Team member Simon taking a text book fall during the fall clinic. Learning to fall in a controlled and safe environment allows our climbers to build confidence in themselves and their belayers so we can start pushing forward with their climbing skills.

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Sarah dialing in her footwork above the bolt.

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Reviewing video footage at the crag allows us to give instant feedback to our climbers and give them tips to focus on in the next climb. What better place to do this than in the ruins of an stone ancient fortress?

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Min getting back on an old favourite from last year, a classic 6C pocket route.

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Simon and Sarah, showing us it’s not all serious business. After priority one – Safety, priority two on tour is Fun :)

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Sarah taking time on route to show us her best kneebar, hands-free pose.

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Leanne, having no dramas on the 6b route “Drama”

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A busy (and colourful) day at the crag with an assortment of climbers from many European nations. Visting a busy crag and meeting climbers from all over the world is always an interesting and educational experience.

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Colin and Min make a great lead team. This has really allowed them to push their climbing this year.

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The climbing is not the only top rate activity on Kalmnos, the diving is pretty fricken amazing as well! Colin and Sarah do their first ever scuba dive on a rest day.

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Meanwhile old salty professionals like Min and Scott (on his second only scuba dive) plumb the depth to check out what really happens to old greek fishing boats at 20m under.