Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Spring's Sprung

Three week in, 50 routes ticked, a couple of showery days - but as ever Kalymnos has been superb. We met up with long time mate Andy Nicholson (he was a lodger of mine a thousand years ago) and he dragged me up a few climbs I hadn't done before which was great.
As forecast the place has become pretty busy but hopefully by the weekend a lot of the 'tourists' (as we like to call them) will have had their Easter break and will be headed back north.
The Easter Celebrations in Pothia were spectacular and very noisy - we had to move away from the main 'dynamite throwing' area with ears ringing - crazy!
It has been very hot - 26C one day - but it is supposed to cool down over the next few days which would be great - having said that a bit of heat and humidity is probably good practice for Singapore and Darwin!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Back to Kalymnos - easy as pie!

We flew Carcassonne to Stansted (€20 each) - a night in the Raddison (posh!) then an evening flight from Stansted to Kos (£20 each).  That left us time for a beer in a bar in Mastichari before catching the late night ferry across to the island. Sitting outside on the upper deck was my (dopy) idea, the soaring starry sky was great but we arrived wind blasted and chilled; as ever it was great to be back. Spring is well established and at the moment things are pretty quiet. Doubtless the hoards will begin to arrive over the next 10 days - lets hope it doesn't get too busy.

Pootling about the Peleponnese

Sampatiki - a great place to stay Colin on another classy 6a+ An easy journey got us from Kalymnos to Athens where we collected Andy...