Thursday, April 28, 2011

Well settled into Greek Island Life.

For the last two weeks Jo & I have passed the time here in Kalymnos by climbing the beautifully featured seaside limestone cliffs, swimming in the Aegean Sea, getting around the island via scooter & dining on rich Greek Taverna fare. A fair amount of Mythos has been consumed too.

Sweedish climber 40m above the ruins of a 4th centruy BC castle.

Small outpost near the village of Argintoa who's main business appears to be selling Thyme Honey.

We've met cool folks from all over the world, just a few of whom speak English as their first language. This spot is mega popular with the Euro's, as it's just a quick flight from most of the continent to Greece.

The beautiful seaside cliffs of Kalymnos.

Both Jo and I have been climbing well, I've been consistantly onsighting 6b or so, and I've made it up a few 6c's, but no redpoints at that grade, yet.... Jo has been onsighting 6a, and getting up the occasional 6b on lead. It's been of fun swapping leads, beta & belays!

Jo & her bruised/battered knees. Turns out Kalymnos features many full contact belays...

Fellow Albertan Eric styling out a 7a.

We've got a little more than a week left of this trip. Our goals include a 11 pitch sport climb on the South face of Telendos Island, as well as visiting some the more remote sectors (crags) of the island. There's still plenty of rest day fodder as well including 5th century castles, churches, etc. Should be a great week!

Another beautiful sunset over the Aegean Sea & the island of Telendos as viwed from our studio balcony.


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Nic Gladd said...

Hey Grant and Jo!
Thanks for the blog posts. I love keeping up with your sunny climbing adventures; it's helping me get through final exams right now. I can't wait to see more photos, get your Greece beta, and hear about this Telendos multipitch route!