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Kalymnos is home to the best sport climbing in the Mediterranean, with wonderful scenery, stunning ancient landmarks, sunny weather, and epic seaside views—the prime setting for an extravagant climbing retreat. Spend six days in a pearl-white hotel with balcony views of the Aegean Sea and a 15-minute walk from the best crags in Kalymnos—Kalydna Crag, Poets Crag, and Grande Grotta. Choose among nearly 2500 well-equipped sport climbing routes for all skill levels—from easy slabs and technical wall ascents to wild overhangs and climbs between stalactites. Off the rocks, indulge in yoga and Thai massage classes to ease your body, and life coaching sessions to soothe the mind. Add the fantastic food, captivating culture, and a visit to the island’s iconic via ferrata, and you’re in for a luxurious and meditative adventure in the Mediterranean’s sport climbing mecca.

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  • Nearly 2,500 excellent sport climbing routes for all levels

  • Yoga, Thai massages, and life coaching sessions elevate the adventure to mythical levels

  • Stay in a lavish hotel, close to all the best crags, shopping spots, and local restaurants

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Enjoy six days of luxury, great views, awesome food, and fantastic rock climbing in Kalymnos on this mellow and serene adventure. Spend six days on some of the best sport routes in Europe—advance your climbing skills, try climbing stalactites, and discover spectacular vistas from limestone cliffs! Spice up the climbs with soothing yoga and life coaching sessions, a Thai massage class, and a visit to Kalymnos’ spectacular via ferrata.

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Meet your guides

Heidi Wirtz
Heidi Wirtz
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Heidi is a climber, yogi and philanthropist at heart. She is one of the country’s few prominent female adventure climbers, climbing for over twenty years, and letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to exotic and remote places around the world. In the US, she is known as Heidi Almighty for her bold and technical climbing as well as speed ascents in Yosemite Valley.
Sierra Farquhar
Sierra Farquhar
AMGA rock guide Sierra Farquhar discovered her two biggest passions, climbing and photography, at a young age. A bachelor of cultural anthropology, she boasts over 20 years of guiding experience, both working for others and with her own company, and enjoys taking fantastic action shots of her clients. In her spare time, she enjoys all forms of creative expression, be it singing, writing, painting, or even costume design.
Mattias Erlandson
Mattias Erlandson
Chamonix-based Mattias Erlandson is an IFMGA/UIAGM/IVBV Mountain Guide that made the alps his home twenty years ago. A skier from an early age, he spends his days showing adventurers unique experiences,  great food, and inspiring cultures around the world. Back home in Sweden, he also trains and examines new mountain guides as a member of the Swedish Mountain Guides Association.
Earth Play Retreats
Earth Play Retreats
Earth Play's trips provide a refreshing step away from one’s everyday life. Through adventure and mindful movement, Earth Play helps restore balance and harmony in people's lives. Their trips are designed to help you find proficiency in the given sport that you are immersing yourself into. Earth Play Retreats brings to you guides of the highest caliber. Be assured that you are learning from the best of the best!
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Isacc Jessen (source: Earth Play Retreats)

Earth Play was everything I could have wished for. Wake up to yoga and surfing in paradise, crushing gorgeous limestone coral formations in the jungle, and slacklining over the waves with a breathtaking ocean sunset, all accompanied by like-minded awesome people and culture.

Michelle Hale (source: Earth Play Retreats)

Earth play retreats is a blast! It’s a great way to travel, and play with people who have similar interests. As a climber of 26+ years, finding a climbing/ travel partners isn’t always the easiest to find. Earth play has been awesome for that. I get to travel and climb with out the worries of finding someone to travel with. 

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Greece, please refer to the Discover Greece website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • Experienced rock-climbing guides (1 IFMGA climbing guide and 1 AMGA climbing guide) with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Six days of climbing and island exploration
      • Six nights of luxurious seaside hotel accommodations (private room with added fee)
      • Six breakfasts
      • Three relaxing Yoga Classes
      • A soothing Thai Massage Class
      • Sessions with life coach Marta Czajkowska
      • Daily morning meditation
      • A tour of the Kalymnos via ferrata

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Kalymnos or to the retreat location
      • In-island transportation
      • Lunches and dinners
      • Alcohol
      • Additional activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Horseback Riding
      • Additional climbing days with no more than 2:1 guide to client ratio
      • Accommodation for the additional climbing days
  • If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun retreat, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

  • Kalymnos has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
    For intermediate to advanced climbers, Kalymnos has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

  • All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Ropes
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
      • Belay device
      • Chalk bag

    You can rent from your guide:

      • Harness with a locking carabiner
      • Rock shoes

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 5:1, up to 10 people and 2 guides, and cost is per person.
      • Costs per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
      • Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Kalymnos, most people fly into Athens International Airport, Greece, and then fly to the island of Kalymnos just an hour away. Once you get there, you can rent a car or motorbikes to get to your accommodation.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.

  • With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

    For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
    If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

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