Thursday, July 21, 2011

Greece-Kalymnos Grand Grotta (Day 134)

The Grande Grotta is the most famous of the climbing areas on Kalymnos and Anja was super excited to get up there on some routes.


We started Happy Girlfriend 5.9+ which was a easy route until kind of a hard pull on a tufa to the anchor.


Views across Kalymnos with Masouri below.


Ken with the really steep wall behind me.


It is a little hard to see in this photo but Anja is on Monahiki Elia 5.10b and pretty much directly above the climber on the line just to the right.  Yeah, some of the climbs at Kalymnos are excessive squeeze jobs.


I gave Monahiki Elia a shot but pumped out before the anchor and had to take.


We then got on Taz 6c (5.11a) just to the right.


I gave it a shot on lead to but had to hang.


Ok I had to hang on almost every bolt but I was still please to have been able to go from bolt to bolt on a Kalymnos 6c.


We right a little more into the section of the wall call Panorama and rounded out the day on Carpe Diem 6b.  I was please to onsight 6b again and hoping after some training to onsight 6b+ or even 6c.

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