Leonidio municipality hosts and funds a great climbing festival

EDITORIAL

4 November 2022

The Leonidio Climbing Festival is something special with great interaction with the locals and the international climbing community. The municipality offers free dinner, T-shirt, climbing and yoga courses, lottery and climbing marathon with great prizes. In total, the municipality spent 40 000 Euro for their 4th festival and some 80% of the close to 600 registered climbers are international visitors.

Yesterday, Alex Honnold’s mother Dierdre Wolownick, put on a very interesting presentation. She tried climbing for the very first time 13 years ago and became hooked. Last year, she turned 70 at the top of El Capitan in Yosemite after having climbed it for the second time. “Go for your dreams by taking baby steps.”

The last days it has been 23 degrees, and almost the same in the sea, so climbers have mainly gathered in the crags with shade. Although most of the roughly 2 600 routes are found in the sun, mainly just above the city, crowds have not been reported.

The second day of the festival started with 40 climbers attending a yoga class at 8.00 and one hour later, the Vertical-Life marathon started. Log your routes in the VL App and you will be part of a prize lottery as well as a competition based on the 8a scoring points.

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