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Click for Full Size PosterThe Kalymnos Workshop 2017

Hosted by Adrian Berry and Gareth Parry

The original climbing coaching holiday, and in terms of positive feedback and results, undoubtedly the best, the quickest and most cost-effective way of improving your climbing. Run by professional climbers with many years' coaching experience, this is a 'course' unlike any of its subsequent immitators. The emphasis is on progress through hard work and you can expect to be pushed hard! This coaching holiday covers all the finer points of the sport climbing game, but is relevant to all climbers.


September 23rd - 30th 2017


The setting for this week is the fabulous Greek island of Kalymnos. We stay in the town of Massouri which is a short walk from the crags. It is usually reached via a flight to Kos and a short ferry journey.

Who's it for?

This trip is suitable for anyone who sport climbs and wants to improve. We recommend you are leading at a minimum of French grade 5 on rock and need you to be keen to push that.

Climbing partnerships and individuals are all very welcome. Couples are welcome, though we strongly suggest that you 'split up' for the week and climb with other people. The most important thing is that you are motivated to improve, like to be pushed, and are willing to push yourself.

Janas Kitchen 6b Kalymnos - photo by S Rawlinson

Climbing Janas Kitchen (6b) Afternoon Sector, Kalymnos. Photo by Simon Rawlinson.

This week does not cover the basic safety skills of sport climbing, and there is no supervision of the safety aspects of the sport, we expect everyone to be able to sport climb safely and independently.

How it works

Numbers permitting, we now offer a multiple workshop programme. Rather than having one itinerary that everyone follows, the coaching team has been increased from the usual two to four and group members will choose from the program of workshops the ones they wish to attend. Workshops are chosen in advance, but changes are fine. The overall group size will be larger than previously, but we aim to maintain a client to coach ratio of between 1:4 and 1:5. There will be a minimum of 3 sign-ups required for a workshop to operate.

Each climbing day we get an early start and walk up to one of the nearby climbing venues. There the coach(es) will give a presentation and where appropriate, a demonstration of the subject of the day and you have the remaining time to put it into practice. The coach(es) will be at hand throughout the day to answer questions and help where needed. There is one rest day in the middle of the week when there is no coaching. If you are around on the final Saturday, you will have most of the day to climb - though there is no coaching on this day.

Typical Workshop Programme

Day Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Saturday Arrive late in the night
Sunday Low Grade Intro & Basic low angle technique at Afternoon Slab [4 - 6b] Mid Grade Intro including fall practice and dynamic belaying at Kalydna [6b and above]  
Monday Fall practice and dynamic belaying at Poets [5+ and above] Introduction to Tufas and Steep Rock at Panorama [6b and above]  
Tuesday Telendos - Irox (will require payment for the ferry) [3 and above] Serious Steepness at the Grande Grotta and Parorama [6b and above]  
Wednesday Rest Day!
Thursday Onsight & Flash Spartacus to Afternoon [5+ and above] Redpointing Day 1 Spartan Wall to Grande Grotta [6b and above] Multi-Pitch Day 1 School 5 and above
Friday Onsight & Flash Spartacus to Afternoon [5+ and above] Redpointing Day 2 Spartan Wall to Grande Grotta [6b and above] Multi-Pitch Day 2 Telendos or Afternoon [6a and above]
Saturday Bonus climbing day then travel back - or stay on out and climb...

The evening programme

Each evening we will be giving presentations on themes such as the psychology behind climbing, training, and nutrition. The exact topics will be determined by the coaches present, which in turn is determined by numbers.

Gaz Parry in the Grande Grotta photo S Rawlinson

Gaz demonstrating ultra steep rock technique in the Grande Grotta, photo by Simon Rawlinson


Twin rooms are booked at the Oasis Hotel in Massouri. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay later, please feel free to get in touch with the hotel and they will do their best to accommodate. You are of course free to make arrangements to stay elsewhere and the price will be reduced accordingly. Single rooms are available on request, and subject to availability.

Getting there and getting around

Detailed directions on getting there will be circulated via a google doc. Most choose to fly to Kos via Easyjet then take the late ferry to Kalymnos. The crags are a short walk from the accommodation.

The coaches

Should a coach be unable to attend the trip due to injury or ill-health, a substitute with equal experience and ability will be found. The actual number of coaches is determined by the number of places filled - one coach is hired for each four people booked.

The September 2017 Kalymnos Workshop will be coached by Adrian Berry and Gareth Parry. Additional coaches will be available as required by numbers.

Adrian Berry Adrian Berry has been climbing since 1988 and coaching climbing since 2002 when he began the planetFear coaching program. Adrian has coached numerous individuals and climbing clubs, including several clubs and operational units within the armed forces. He has delivered lectures and masterclasses at the request of the sport's governing bodies in Denmark and The Netherlands, provides instructor training at a major UK climbing wall, and has written two books (Sport Climbing+ and Trad Climbing+) which helped herald the new approach to the teaching of climbing. Adrian has climbed competitively internationally, sport climbed up to 8b+, trad climbed up to E9, and bouldered up to V10.
Gareth Parry Gareth Parry works extensively as a climbing coach to a wide range of clients from individuals wanting to learn basic techniques through to the British Compeitition Climbing Team as they prepare for the possibility of climbing becoming an olympic sport. Over the years, Gareth has run numerous climbing coaching holidays as a member of the planetFear coaching team, including several coaching trips to Fontainebleau. Gareth's climbing achievements are broad and deep, from big wall free-climbing, through sport climbing up to 8c, Gareth has long been on the UK's most capable competition climbers. Gareth currently lives in Spain with his partner and rapidly growing zoo of pets.

Giving something back

We're lucky to have a venue like Kalymnos offer such good climbing in such a convenient location. As professional climbers we like to give something back to the island, and over the years we have been involved in developing new sectors, equipping and cleaning numerous new routes, re-equipping old ones, and adding bolts where needed. Just our way of saying thank you and keeping Kaly safe.


Gaz putting in bolts on a new grade 5 route on Kalymnos in 2015.




“The course has changed my understanding of what I can achieve, left me motivated to make further progress and hopefully go again next year.”

“Thanks! I loved it and will be working on my climbing using all the new information.”

“I really enjoyed the week. I wanted to be pushed to my limit and I was.”

“It's really like I've discovered climbing again for the first time and I'm currently resetting my targets for things I never would have thought I would be able to climb.”

“Thanks for an epic week and for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm. It's totally changed my approach to sport climbing and I can't wait to put all the stuff I've learnt into practice.”

“Thanks again for running a great trip, and for all your help with our climbing, it was fantastic!”

“We were extremely impressed and pleased with how you and Gaz were able to manage the instruction and coaching amongst all the group. I really can't imagine how you could improve on that.”

"The coaching was perfect. Not all top performers can convey the knowledge they have but I felt that you provided concise but eloquent coaching with a fair proportion of humour that made the sessions very enjoyable."

"I am so pleased with everything I did on the trip, I feel in some ways that Carpe Diem was the climb of my life - I have never felt any climb easier - it just came! I can't explain it! It just came!"

"I think you and Gaz work well together as a team and have slightly different styles which really complement each other. You're both very astute when it comes to watching someone climb and being able to give accurate and constructive feedback and suggestions."

"It was a fantastic trip, possibly the best I have ever been on, and certainly the best coaching trip."

"Thank you for a fantastic opportunity. I think I'm still on a high."

"Coaching was excellent.  The very different personalities and approaches of Gaz and Adrian makes a perfect combination."

"Would definitely recommend the course to friends. Thanks for an excellent week."

Group at restaurant in Kalymos

Our 2015 group at the end of a week - we had Lucy Creamer and Simon Rawlinson along to keep a 1:4 coaching ratio. Photo by Simon Rawlinson.


How Much?

£590. Price includes five days coaching and accommodation, it does not cover any food or travel.

Terms and Conditions

1) Climbing is inherently dangerous! During the week you will be pushed to and beyond your limits, you will be encouraged to fall and there is a very real risk of injury during the coaching holiday which you accept when you attend.

2) There is a risk of death or serious injury from, amongst other things, rockfall, equipment failure, and human error, which you accept when you attend this coaching holiday.

2) The coaches on this trip are not climbing lifeguards! By booking on the workshop you are representing that you are an experienced and competent sport climber who does not require any supervision or instruction in the safety aspects of the sport. Further, you agree to take responsibility for your choices and actions during the week.

3) To secure your place we require a deposit of £100. This is not refundable and your place is non-transferable.

4) The remaining amount of £490 is required to be paid by bank transfer two months before the holiday begins. This is not refundable except in exceptional cicumstances and entirely at our discretion. We recommend taking out travel insurance that covers the risk of you being unable to attend for any reason.

5) Coaches are human beings who can get ill, injured, and so on, and on occasion it may be necessary to substitute a coach for another of similar ability.

6) Coaches are hired based on numbers attending.


Number of Places

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Once we have received your booking you will be given access to a google doc and you will need a google account to access this. The 'doc' has everything you need to know about how to get to the accommodation and what to bring. It also allows everyone to share information about themselves prior to the trip. If you have a google account associated with an email address different to the one used to make the booking, then please send this to the following email address.

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