So the last two days have been about climbing, as the weather in Greece has been superb. Despite people telling me it would be too hot at this time of year (epic fail guys!) I would come here at this time of year and climb again without a second thought. Grace and I have had early morning starts and our Italian friend Luca has been joining us. We have climbed some great routes at Odyssey in the Atena , Itaca and Imia sectors.
Day 1: We warmed up on three 3 star classics “Laertes” 5c+ “Circe” 6b and “Atena” 6b+ then jumped on “Dionysos” 7a and “Omiros” 7b (the Italians said it was “desperate” for the grade…….we now believe them.). Grace and I both had excellent first shots and wanted to get back on but there was a queue. So we went to the beach.
Day 2: We warmed up on “Atena” 6b+, then I chose “Ciao Vecchio Direct” 7a and fell at the crux, followed by “Fouska” 7a, this is a little shit of a thing. 12 metres of brutal and bouldery climbing with a desperate last clip. Fatigued and pumped I dragged myself to the anchors. Grace decided to get on “Alfredo Alfredo” 7b+. Athletic and technical moves added with two days of hard climbing got the better of her and she backed off……………..so we went to the beach.
It was a real pleasure to climb these routes with two very cool and motivated people. It is great to really be pushing myself and getting on these routes.
Thank you Grace and Luca for more great days in the Kalymnian sun.
Now it’s a rest day…………….so we’re going to the beach.