Climbers from Greece, Cyprus and mainly Northern Europe visited the climbing parks of the island and got impressed by the amazing beauty and quality of the rock anaglyph- granite giant boulders and different kinds of limestone for sport climbing.
Special guests of the festival were famous athletes Said Belhaj, Cris Daniil and Victor Sebros, who climbed project routes and visited the most challenging sectors of the island. Moreover, they visited the most promising sector of Ikaria for the future- Megali Pounta, where they climbed the first one and only for the time being route called “The great wave off Kanagawa” 8a. This sector has a great potential and is a breathtaking balcony over the Ikarian Sea.
On Sunday, 16/6, the athletes took part on the climbing competition that took place on specific sectors of the island for both bouldering and sport climbing, gathering points in Vertical Life’s scoreboard in order to win amazing awards. Dimitris Gerolympos with 17000 points won the first award– a 4 day trip to Ikaria for 2 persons (boat tickets, accommodation, half board and 1 car rental included). Climbers had the chance to visit the most interesting sectors of the island like Agios Isidoros, Magganitis, Droutsoulas, Platanopi and Maggano and had the chance to see many different areas of the island.
Amongst the memorable moments of the festival was the pool party at Karras Star Hotel, where climbers had the chance to try local delicacies and drinks (food, sweets, local beer Icariotissa, local ikarian wines by Karimalis Ikarian Winery and Tsantiris Winery. Moreover, that night visitors had the chance to enjoy fanous athlete and musician Said Belhaj playing some really interesting live music and also dj-ing keeping the party alive all night. The festival’s last night had a glimpse of tradition with visitors joining a traditional ikarian feast (panigiri) at Kastanies village.
The festival was organized by Bouldering & Climbing Ikaria and Evaggelos Kastanias and Diagoras Athletic Association, under the auspices of the Region of North Aegean and the Prefecture of Ikaria.
We thank all of our sponsors, supporters and photographers John Spyrou & Periklis Ripis , and save the date for next year 6, 7 & 8 June 2020 for the 2ND Ikaria Bouldering & Climbing festival with many many surprises, new routes and more!