Its an incredible thing to be able to live out a life long dream of travelling the planet and visiting places that you have only dreamed about and seen on documentaries or in movies. I am truly one of the most fortunate human beings. I am continually surrounded by amazing athletes and very fit and healthy people. They share information freely about where to get the cheapest food (the dirtbags know this stuff), what to take when your injured to speed recovery and just generally love to talk about their experiences and travels.
As I sit and write this blog I am sitting about ten feet from Alex Megos. He is currently one of the best sports climbers on the planet. Access to these people in Kalymnos is just so easy; they are all really approachable and happy to chat briefly. This is the place to be right now as the climbing season here is well and truly on and the stars have come out to play.
It makes me laugh a little as climbing in Kalymnos is a little different. You have high fashion, high grades and the high life. You can almost tell the nationalities by what they are wearing at night. It is very much boutique sports climbing at its best…………not that there’s anything wrong with that…….. It makes sports climbing and exploring other cultures all the more exciting and at times challenging because I simply do not know what to wear.
The language barrier that we all struggle with is never an issue with climbers. There is enough information (beta) flying around using arm movements, hand gestures and jargon in the restaurants and cafes to assist you getting on pretty much anything……….this is exciting stuff!!!!
I have recently up’d the anti myself and I am now pushing myself to get on the routes that I find really inspiring aesthetically and that I really want to climb. These routes just happen to all fall around 7a (23) and above.
I think one of the funniest and most inspiring quotes I have heard over my climbing life is one by famous american adventure climber and total bad ass Leonard Coyne.
“Its not about ego’s, its not about fuckin’ numbers, its not about who did what to whom when! You’ve either got the spirit or you don’t……..and if you’ve got the fuckin’ spirit you rock……….and if you don’t………………………….you’re a sports climber!“
– Leonard Coyne
I feel very at home here now and I also feel…………..very inspired!