Its been a few days now and I am happy to report that the climbing has been improving and we are getting a variety of styles and routes. It is always refreshing to go back to where you started and really check out where you came from and how you have progressed. In June this year I felt intimidated by the grandiose scale of the Kalymnian cliffs and now they are very much like a second home.
Friday just gone I put a request in with Darryn to head back up to where we began our climbing here………Spartacus Cave. I was motivated to get on a route called Kerveros 7a. It is a beautiful and inspiring line that travels 30 metres up the left hand side of the cave and onto a sustained headwall for 18 metres to the anchors. We warmed up on Harakiri 6b and then I proceeded to put the draws on my project for the day.
The delightful and very funny Tracey Hua has now graced us with her presence and she is a source of Gen-Y social media insanity that keeps the two of us amused no end. Darryn has nicknamed her the “selfie ninja”, a name she has taken to rather nicely.
After the first attempt on my project I rested for a good 35-40 minutes and re-fueled with what snacks and water I had in my pack. Feeling ready for a second shot I jumped back on for a possible red-point of a tough and committing 7a………………..SUCCESS!!!!! First 7a of the trip is now sent and I am stoked.
Two days earlier Darryn and I went checked out the Seaside Kitchen (formerly Ghost Kitchen) and the slab and vertical face climbing there was sensational. We had such a great morning climbing these 32 metre walls and it was great to really test out the slabbin’ skills. Our goal was to on-sight as many routes as we could and it was so much fun. Mainly routes in the 6a to 6c+ range but all in all super super fun.
The rest day the day before was just relaxing and hanging out with the yoga crew climbing again and belaying them on some easy routes at Summertime crag. this place is truly beautiful……..reminded me of a scene from a 70’s cigarette commercial……….such an amazing location.
Dream BIG!!!! 🙂