Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Hanging Around

Two weeks since I blogged - where does the time go? Well; a bit of climbing, walking, chilling, working on Eastern Grit when it has been unsettled - which hasn't been very often - and generally taking it easy.
I had a day climbing with Claude Idoux who has put up over 350 routes on Kalymnos, an amazing tally really - especially when you consider the amount of work involved in cleaning the routes prior to bolting them.
Only about 10 days left now, then it will be a quick visit to the UK to load the car up, book a ferry and head off to the Ariège. Apparently they have already had a major snow fall there - they will certainly be different!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Top of the Island

Two and a bit weeks in,  and we are pretty settled. We have had a couple of half-damp days, done 40+ routes and eased back into Island Life. The majority of the climbers have left now - I guess there maybe around 50 left, and Babis Bar has gone very 'quiet' as we are the only residents now. Evenings usually revolve around a  beer in the bar and a bit of wifi with Babis, tonight there are a just a couple of locals and a very loud TV showing some ancient and very shouty Greek film - they appear to find it funny!
Two days ago was clear and cool so we did something we have been meaning to do for years, has  a walk up to the highest point on the island - Prophitis Elias - a pleasant walk and a fantastic 360 degree viewpoint.
Tomorrow Babis has invited us for an afternoon lunch of salad, fresh fish, calamares and retsina - that's one reason why we come in the winter. Might try and get a few route in 1st though!

A month in Switzerland

Gornergrat - rammed A month passed in Switzerland and it has been very pleasant, climbing, hiking, chilling and even doing a bit of to...