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TNF Kalymnos Climbing Festival

Between September 26 and 30, Greek island Kalymnos was a host of an extraordinary climbing event – The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival which gathered not only world’s top pro athletes but also amateur enthusiasts of the sport. The event gave everybody the opportunity to try their hand at one of the competition categories but first of all, to climb and party together. The competition that caused the most emotions was the PROject event. Here, the pro athletes were trying to send brand new routes set at the Psili Riza sector. No one would deny that Caroline Ciavaldini and Mélissa Le Nevé in the women’s category, as well as Yuji Hirayama and Alexander Megos among the men looked  the strongest. But what would such a huge event be without an amazing friendly atmosphere, sunny weather and breathtaking scenery?

See how it was… The gallery by Piotr Dro¿d¿.


All stars in one place (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Andrea di Bari, the precursor of climbing on the island. Here on stage. (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Yuji Hirayama answers the questions from Nicholas Hobley's (Planet Mountain), who conducted the Festival (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿)
Ovation for Hansjörg Auer (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Simone Moro: so, I figured it all this way...(photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Dani Andrada, motivated as usual. (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿)
Daila Ojeda lost in her thoughts (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Iker and Eneko Pou presents... Caroline Ciavaldini and the brand new issue of GÓRY! (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Yuji Hirayama looking strong and... (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿)
...getting crazy anytime he sees an issue of GÓRY! Just like everybody else :) (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini: isn't Kalymnos beautiful? (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Sure it is! Just take a look at Grande Grotta in the late afternoon sunlight (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿)
Eneko Pou marvels at the scenery... (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) ...and beautiful women, for example Mélissa Le Nevé (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Spaniards stick together (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿)
Whereas kids, as usual, simply do not care about stars, routes and all that chaos (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) A quick glance at the routes... (Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson) (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) ...and the landscape (Caroline Ciavaldini and Mélissa Le Nevé) (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿)
And a longer glance at the future - Simone and Jonas Moro (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿) Chillout music by night... performed obviously by Nicholas Favresse (photo: Piotr Dro¿d¿)
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