Friday, 7 January 2011

Via Ferrating - with a twist

Kalymnos Via Ferrata

The new Kalmnos guide lists a Via Ferrata right above where we are staying. We didn't have any of the 'proper' kit with us (wouldn't bother me but Sherri is more timid), so I decided we could do it as a 'route' and pitch the whole thing. It was a case of slow and steady, we did it in about eight pitches. It all went very well, it has some spectacular positions, and with the cold north wind, the views were fantastic with Icari visible for the 1st time 60 miles to the north . The long walk off past Symplegades dropped us right back to the pad.
The system worked fine, I led, clipping into the iron-work and Sherri followed, belayed and clipped into the cables. There was a slight 'moment' at 'the crux', an exposed traverse round a bulging arete - but she hung in there. The huge cave halfway along the traverse is an amazing spot, full with huge amounts of goat poo - they have obviously been doing the route for years!


andysomething said...

Hear you've lured Uncle Colin out there again! Hope to get him out to Harrogate wall on Sunday. I guess I'll show him the way up some soft 6a's - he needs the training! (not!).

Chris Craggs said...

It is a birthday treat for the old bogger. That and the fact that I need someone strong to carry the hardwear in to develop an new crag!

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