• OPERATIONS LOG

    DATE SECTOR ROUTE GRADE
    19/10/2017 Kastri
    14/10/2017 Sycati cave
    10/09/2017 Path to prophet Elias
    25/08/2017 Odyssey Nessuno 5c+
    05/08/2017 Path at Skalia
    06/05/2017 Gerakios
    13/04/2017 Kalydna Aurora 8a
           
    27/10/2016 Irox Memories of Dorothy 5b
    11/10/2016 Odysey Nausika Nausika 6a+
    29/09/2016 Arginonta infrared
    10/09/2016 Trekking path above Myrties
    09/07/2016 ET Cave Cave 10 meters above the main path
    26/06/2016 Magoulias Route with a view 7b
    24/05/2016 Sympligades Pheneas 5c+
    18/04/2016 Stankill Bobodo 6a
    18/04/2016 Eterna Multipitch
           
    19/07/2015 Path to prophet Elias
    10/07/2015 Eros Unknown new route
    08/07/2015 Vathy
    13/06/2015 Panorama Rapelling Eolis multipitch
    02/06/2015 Odyssey Femio
    21/05/2015 Arginonta
    04/05/2015 Spartan wall
    28/04/2015 Panorama Rapelling spacewalk multiptch
    18/04/2015 School Multipitch
           
    27/10/2014 Poets Mustass 5c
    19/10/2014 Sikati cave
    09/10/2014 Trekking patch to Pezonta
    24/08/2014 Summertime Orea Dana 6a
    14/08/2014 Saint Fotis Jux 5c
    21/07/2014 Magoulias wall Fred
    24/04/2014 School 5c
    18/04/2014 Odyssey Argonaftis 6a+
    12/04/2014 Grande Grotta Rapelling
           
    20/10/2013 Odyssey Nausika Nausika
    12/10/2013 Odyssey Nessuno
    06/10/2013 Skalia pillar Eat the rich

     

  • TRAINING COURSES LOG

    14 – 22/5/2016 |

    Rope Rescue Course

    Organized by instructors of the Italian CNSAS and the French National Police and Rescue Body.

    1 – 10/7/2015 |

    Climbing Course

    With Antonis Antonopoulos.

    1/6/2015 |

    Certified First Aid Course

    With Dr. Alexandra Koukoutsi, Greek Doctor with specialty in High Altitude Medicine and Coach for High Altitude Expeditions, member of UIAA and EFR First Aid Instructor.

    16 – 23/9/2014 |

    Mountain First Aid Course

    With Dr. Antonio Prestini, Doctor and Mountain Guide, member of CNSAS (Italy).

    16-21/9/2013 |

    Certified Rope Rescue Course

    By Bill Batson and Mark Davies, crew of Lyon Equipment, UK. Bill Batson (Lyon Equipment Training Manager and rescue specialist). Mark Davies (Lyon Equipment Trainer and Consultant).

    29/7/2013 |

    20 days Rope Rescue Course

    By a Mountaineering Instructor of the Greek Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing, Mr. Antonis Antonopoulos.

  • THE TEAM

    Kalymnos, the famous climbing destination, which everybody visits over and over again, had been watched over by a bunch of people who lived on the island and offered their help voluntarily in climbing accidents. In 2013, Kalymnos Rescue Team was formed by many of these people among many more, in order to cover, voluntarily, as better as they can every climbing accident that might occur on the island.

    Main duties

    Our main purpose is to aid in any accident concerning climbing or other activities that take place on land and in rough areas that medical care cannot reach easily, as in trekking paths around the island.

    To achieve that, the team has directed it’s training into three basic fields: 1) climbing skills 2) rescue techniques 3) first aid skills.

    Other goals

    • To promote and cultivate the aspects of mountaineering and climbing into the local community
    • To support the touristic product of Kalymnos by offering safety in climbing, the sport that constitutes the main source of tourism on the island
    • To offer valuable help and information on safety matters, concerning the development of climbing in Kalymnos
    • To keep training new people into climbing, rescue and team work, in order to enhance the team’s dynamics
    • To promote team work as well as personal evolvement, on a mental and physical basis
    • To exchange knowledge with other rescue groups in Greece and abroad, in order to enhance our experience. Group rescue exercises with other Rescue Organizations are a very important way for the Team to evolve.
    • To create and maintain an ecological conscience among the local community and to our visitors

    History

    Before 2013, rescue in Kalymnos was performed by individuals that lived on the island, as a personal offer. At the same time, there also were some attempts to create something more organized, like a first aid seminar by the Prefecture of Kalymnos and the Greek Cardiological Society, along with a climbing course to some locals from Aris theodoropoulos. The first Rescue Team was then formed, its members were financially supported by the Prefecture and they were assisted by those who were already doing the job (Claude Idoux, Simon Montmory, Loucas Dourdourekas, etc). The funding lasted for 6 months and that was the life span of that attempt. Additionally, there was a fund by Glaros Bar, together with Claude Idoux, local opener and the Team’s vice-President now, to raise money for rescue equipment.

    In 2013 Alexandros Istatkof, a local climber and the Team’s President at the moment, together with Kalliope Tsagari, owner of Alternet, active in the tourism industry, had the idea to create an organized group of volunteers, in a form of an association, who will be trained to be rescuers. This came as a necessity, as there is no official state body in Kalymnos that can cover climbing accidents and a rescue from the climbing sectors is beyond the skills of the medical crew of the Kalymnos Hospital.

    Kalliope Tsagari supported ethically and financially the formation of the Team in its first steps, by covering any expenses needed and by creating the Alternet Rescue Card, a card that offered discounts in various businesses in Kalymnos while gathering money for the Rescue Team, as a standard percentage of each card went to the Team’s budget.

    The idea of a Rescue Team in Kalymnos was instantly adopted also by another businesswoman in Kalymnos, Sofia Lagoudi, owner of Wildsport climbing shop. Wildsport became the basic sponsor of the team in terms of rescue equipment, as all the technical gear used in trainings and in actual rescue, were offered by Mrs Lagoudi.

    Consequently, Kalymnos Rescue Team was founded, counting 20 other local people who believed in this project and became founding members.

    Presently, the Team consists of 25 people, climbers and non-climbers and within it, a sub-team, the technical crew, with trained members in rope rescue techniques and first aid.

    Team organization

    Administrative council

    • Alexandros Istatkof President

    • Claude Idoux Vice President

    • Xanthippi Geraki Secretary

    • Vasillis Vallas Treasurer

    • Michalis Gerakios Member

    • Panagiotis Prekas Member

    • Loukas Dourdourekas Member

    The Team is divided into two sub groups…

    Simple volunteers

    They aid in any way they can in a rescue, or in the Team organization aspects.

    Technical team

    Trained members in rescue and first aid. This team consists of very experienced climbers and mountaineers but also of inexperienced members that found in the Rescue Team a really good motivation to evolve their climbing skills and keep training to reach a good level. The technical team tries to train constantly, to add experience in its dynamics, and our goal is to learn from the best in the Rescue field, like Organizations in countries with great mountaineering history and high mountains.

  • IN CASE OF...

    The Team operates from sunrise to sunset, in order to assure the rescuers’ personal safety.

    The best way for somebody to find us in case of emergency, is to call 112 the European emergency number, without charge and with network coverage all over the island, and ask to be connected to the Hospital of Kalymnos. The hospital calls directly us and we get to the place of the accident.

    It is extremely important for everyone to know that we arrive faster and better prepared if when you call for help you specify some simple things, like:

    • Your name and place you are at, sector, route, village, trekking path from…to…
    • What happened, where is the injury, is the person conscious or not, is the person hanging, on the ground or at some cave above/below the ground
    • Are there multiple people injured?
    • How long has it been since the accident

    All this information can help us prepare correctly for the rescue, as in many cases we need to use rope techniques to approach and carry the casualty.

    Caution:  Do not try to move or interfere with the casualty for no reason, as you might cause worse damage and also you make our first aid assessment more difficult. Leave the first aid practice only for those who are trained to do so.

    Other useful numbers are…

    Emergency office, Kalymnos hospital:   +30 22430 22166
    Police station:   +30 22430 22100
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    Armeos
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    Greece

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  • R/O | 19/10/2017 | [sec] KASTRI

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    DATE :
    19/10/2017
    SECTOR :
    KASTRI
    ROUTE :
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Knee dislocation
    DETAILS :

    Another call, this time for an injured hiker in Kastri, Emporios. A dislocation of the knee made it difficult for him to walk down the long path.

    We thank all the new volunteers that helped at the rescue, Asteris a local policeman, Mikes and Thanasis.

    Since we are not professionals, thus not paid for our services, we have to set aside our personal activities and some of us even jobs, and run to help when needed. That’s why we need a lot of volunteers!!

  • R/O | 14/10/2017 | [sec] SYCATI CAVE

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    DATE :
    14/10/2017
    SECTOR :
    SYCATI CAVE
    ROUTE :
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Nothing broken
    DETAILS :
    Fell on a toufa while climbing and he kept on falling when the toufa broke

    Τhe Team encountered the most difficult rescue in terms of access and general difficulties, but the injured climber is surprisingly well and with no serious damage!

    The call was for Sycati cave, with a crazy wind and time pressure for the daylight, but the Team pulled it off with the technical members and the help of their Instructor Massimo Datrino, who was by coincidence in Kalymnos.

    Most valuable help was offered by Dimitris Nystazos, the kalymnian diving instructor, who took a great risk by using his boat to transport members of the Team and the casualty. We also thank Meletis our friend who joined the group to offer his help.

  • R/O | 10/09/2017 | [sec] PROPHET ELIAS

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    DATE :
    10/09/2017
    SECTOR :
    GERAKIOS
    ROUTE :
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Broken leg, minor injuries
    DETAILS :
    Fell while walking on the path

    A hiker fell while walking on the path to the church of Prophet Elias and broke his leg, together with some other small injuries. The Team took the hard job of carrying the casualty all the way down the path from the highest point of Kalymnos !

  • R/O | 06/05/2017 | [sec] GERAKIOS

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    DATE :
    06/05/2017
    SECTOR :
    GERAKIOS
    ROUTE :
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Two small fractures of the ankle
    DETAILS :
    Fall

    The Team in action, last Saturday at Gerakios sector. All well, the climber got away with just a strain of the ankle. We wish to him a quick recovery!

    Photos courtesy of Dave W.

  • R/O | 13/04/2017 | [sec] KALYDNA

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    DATE :
    13/04/2017
    SECTOR :
    KALYDNA
    ROUTE :
    Aurora
    GRADE :
    8a
    INJURY :
    Skin injuries (lucky)
    DETAILS :
    Miscalculation of the rope’s length and NO KNOT at the end

    Yesterday 13/4 the team had the first call for this season. In sector Kalydna, route Aurora (2 pitces), at 13:00, we were called for one more climber that fell out of miscalculation of the rope’s length and NO KNOT at the end..

    The girl is perfectly fine and totally lucky, just skin injuries, although she fell from 8 or more meters to the ground!! The team had the assistance of a friend, a doctor who volunteered to come and offer the first aid and we thank him for that.

    Please read the guide carefully for route specs and add the knot and the helmet to your necessary actions in your climbing activities!

  • R/O | 27/10/2016 | [sec] IROX

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    DATE :
    27/10/2016
    SECTOR :
    IROX
    ROUTE :
    MEMORIES OF DOROTHY
    GRADE :
    5b
    INJURY :
    Broken shoulder
    DETAILS :
    Rock came out from the route, hit belayer

    The team dealed with an accident that we feared it would come sooner or later, thankfully it didn’t have the worst ending. In the route “Memories of Dorothy” a big rock from the route, that a climber was holding to make the move, came off and fell on to the belayer. The helmet took all the blow and her shoulder was injured.

    The Team has consistently noted that openers should clean properly their routes and that the urge to open 10 or more routes in one week, for example, usually leads to clumsy cleaning of the routes.

    We thank all the people that helped with the rescue, like mr Zoidis, especially our boatman Pavlos Karafyllakis that offered his services for free and took us there in no time.

    We hope Emmanuelle will recover quickly from her injuries.

  • R/O | 11/10/2016 | [sec] ODYSSEY

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    DATE :
    11/10/2016
    SECTOR :
    ODYSSEY
    ROUTE :
    NAUSIKA NAUSIKA
    GRADE :
    6a+
    INJURY :
    Broken ankle
    DETAILS :
    Fall

    today at 14:00 we were called for help at sector Odyssey for a climber who fell while climbing and hit his ankle. We wish full recovery to our friend.

    We thank Albi Schneider (CU belay glasses designer) and Louis apartments for their help.

  • R/O | 29/9/2016 | [sec] ARGINONTA RED WALL

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    DATE :
    29/9/2016
    SECTOR :
    ARGINONTA INFRARED
    ROUTE :
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Broken arm, external injuries
    DETAILS :
    Fell head down

    Today, 29/9/2016 at sector Arginonta Red Wall, there was an accident that greatfully ended with no serious damage, the climber having worn a helmet…we wish quick recovery to our friend’s broken arm and hopefully she will soon be back to create more pleasant memories in Kalymnos!

    The team was called at 12:25 and the climber was delivered to the ambulance at 13:35. Good job to everybody!

  • R/O | 9/7/2016 | [sec] ET CAVE

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    DATE :
    9/7/2016
    SECTOR :
    ET CAVE
    ROUTE :
    CAVE 10 METERS ABOVE THE MAIN PATH
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Minor fracture on foot
    DETAILS :
    Injured while belaying

    Saturday, 9/7/2016, sector E.T. at the cave in Vathy.

    The team managed a difficult case, a rescue at 8 in the night, at a difficult site where simple carrying of the stretcher was not possible. Luckily the girl had only a fracture of a heel bone. She was safe on the ground in no time!

  • R/O | 26/6/2016 | [sec] MAGOULLIAS

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    DATE :
    26/6/2016
    SECTOR :
    MAGOULIAS
    ROUTE :
    ROUTE WITH A VIEW
    GRADE :
    7b
    INJURY :
    Minor injuries externally and around pelvis
    DETAILS :
    No knot on rope

    Yesterday evening 26/6, at 15:45, the team ran at Magoulias wall, where a climber had fallen a good amount of meters due to short rope and no knot at the end!

    Luckily, there was no life threatening injury! We wish our friend a quick recovery! We thank our volunteers who ran on a hot Sunday evening…

  • T/C | 14-22/5/2016 | ROPE RESCUE [IT/FR]

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    Organized by instructors of the Italian CNSAS and the French National Police and Rescue Body.

    Massimo Datrino:
    Mountain Guide, Mountain Rescue Instructor, Helicopter Rescue Technician, in charge of Alpine Rescue in Aosta Valley, Italy, member of CNSAS.

    Alain Meniere:
    Instructor at the National Center of Ski and Alpinism of the French Police body (CNISAG) in Chamonix, Chief of Mountain Rescue and Instructor and officer of the French Police.

    David Rastouil:
    member of French Police body (CNISAG) in Chamonix.

    Eight members of the Team had the chance to be trained in Rope Rescue techniques, in order to grow our technical team. With this course the team trained to deal with an accident in various difficult parts of a climbing route, or path, from handling the casualty and first aid to moving the casualty with a stretcher and ropes from any place, bolted or not.

    This course was a unique example of international cooperation and friendship. It was organized and offered for free by the instructors and their institutions. Their residence, food and transportation in Kalymnos were totally offered by local businesses, as their way of supporting this fine project.

    photo credits: David Rastouil

  • R/O | 18/4/2016 | [sec] ETERNA

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    DATE :
    18/4/2016
    SECTOR :
    ETERNA
    ROUTE :
    MULTIPITCH
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Spinal injury near the arm
    DETAILS :
    Rock came out from the route

    So the season began for us at 18/4/2016 with two calls in one day. Luckily with no life-threatening injuries. In the morning there was an accident in Eterna, Telendos, where a rock was detached from the route during climbing and the person fell from the 4th bolt. Luckily, the casualty was only injured on the shoulder and the general area.

    We thank Stavros the boatman who volunteered to take us there for free.

  • R/O | 18/4/2016 | [sec] STANKILL

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    DATE :
    18/4/2016
    SECTOR :
    STANKILL
    ROUTE :
    BOBODO
    GRADE :
    6a
    INJURY :
    Broken ankle
    DETAILS :
    Fall

    Next call was in the afternoon, at Stankill as Avi already wrote.. leg injury..

    We wish to both our friends a quick and painless recovery! we also thank them for their kind words!

    photo credits: Aris Theodoropoulos

  • T/C | 1/7/2015 | CLIMBING COURSE

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    With Antonis Antonopoulos.

    Five not so experienced members of the Team received a basic training to be able to climb in a sport or traditional route, to deal with simple but significant matters of safety and simple mountaineering gear. This course was considered obligatory in order to bring members with different levels of experience in a common baseline to be trained as rescuers. The fees for this course were covered by a fund raised by “The Send” team, a British initiative who create and sell digital topos of climbing routes and raise funds for the local communities.

  • T/C | 1/6/2015 | FIRST AID UIAA

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    With Dr. Alexandra Koukoutsi, Greek Doctor with specialty in High Altitude Medicine and Coach for High Altitude Expeditions, member of UIAA and EFR First Aid Instructor.

    In this course the Team was trained to practice BLS and deal with all the usual cases of traumas on the field. Again, around 10 of our members received this certified seminar. This course was dedicated to Fred, a Swiss climber who died in a tragic accident in Kalymnos in 2014. His family and friends raised a big amount for our Rescue Team, which we invested in training in First Aid.

  • R/O | 19/10/2014 | [sec] SIKATI

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    DATE :
    19/10/2014
    SECTOR :
    SIKATI CAVE
    ROUTE :
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    Broken coccyx
    DETAILS :
    Fell on edge
  • T/C | 16-23/9/2014 | MOUNTAIN FIRST AID

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    With Dr. Antonio Prestini, Doctor and Mountain Guide, member of CNSAS (Italy).

    Dr Prestini offered this seminar to the Team for free, in exchange to our hospitality. In this seminar 10 of our members got a general idea of the accident scene and how to evaluate it, how to handle a casualty, what are the basic steps to the Preliminary Assessment of the casualty and many more.

  • R/O | 24/4/2014 | [sec] SCHOOL

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    DATE :
    24/4/2014
    SECTOR :
    SCHOOL
    ROUTE :
    GRADE :
    5c
    INJURY :
    Open ankle fracture
    DETAILS :
    Rope short, no knot at end
  • R/O | 18/4/2014 | [sec] ODYSSEY

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    DATE :
    18/4/2014
    SECTOR :
    ODYSSEY
    ROUTE :
    ARGONAFTIS
    GRADE :
    6a+
    INJURY :
    Open ankle fracture
    DETAILS :
    Fell on ledge
  • R/O | 12/4/2014 | [sec] GRANDE GROTTA

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    DATE :
    14/4/2014
    SECTOR :
    GRANDE GROTTA
    ROUTE :
    RAPELLING
    GRADE :
    INJURY :
    DETAILS :
    Rope short
  • T/C | 16-21/9/2013 | CERTIFIED RESCUE COURSE

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    By Bill Batson and Mark Davies, crew of Lyon Equipment, UK. Bill Batson (Lyon Equipment Training Manager and rescue specialist). Mark Davies (Lyon Equipment Trainer and Consultant).

    This second training was the formalization of the Team’s collaboration with Wildsport, as their sponsor, as all the equipment used in the training and later at rescue was offered by this business. Also this project had the support of Petzl Foundation, who recognized the necessity of a trained team in Kalymnos, so they invited Lyon Equipment to train 6 of our members, forming the first core of the “technical” team inside the Rescue Team. This training was again supported by Alternet (Kalliopi Tsagari) who provided the accommodation and the car for free to the instructors, food to all the participants, and all the other expenses of the course e.g. the cost of the sea transfers.

    photo credits: Stephane Lozac’hmeur

  • T/C | 29/7/2013 | 20 DAYS ROPE RESCUE COURSE

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    By a Mountaineering Instructor of the Greek Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing, Mr. Antonis Antonopoulos.

    Mr. Antonopoulos has a great experience in mountaineering, climbing and teaching and has a personal interest in rope rescue techniques. Mr. Antonopoulos provided a very useful first training to 6 members of the team, adjusted to the difficult conditions in Kalymnos. This training was supported by Alternet (Kalliope Tsagari) and Wildsport, who covered all the expenses of Mr. Antonopoulos.

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VOLUNTARY RESCUE RESPONSE & FIRST AID

Our main purpose is to aid in any accident concerning climbing or other activities...
The best way for somebody to find us in case of emergency, is to call 112, the European emergency...
Make your contribution to Kalymnos Rescue Team.