Iannis and Kalydna

Another trip up to the Poets area, this time venturing a little further left. Helen started off by leading the classic Poets Corner

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Then we both did Saxonia, which was outstanding. Heading across to Iannis I did Verikoko, the 7a+ just left of Sens Unique, and a significantly stiffer proposition (especially in the high heat and humidity). Very thin climbing in the top half, with only just enough to stay in contact with the rock.

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Chasing the shade again, we headed further left into the Kalydna cave. At first glance, a haven of cool, but with a strangely humid microclimate – the holds felt really smeggy 😦 Ixion was the other route on my wish list for the day, which turned out to be demanding in the conditions, but with outstanding climbing – a bit of everything: pockets, tufa, a crack, you name it. Unfortunately I missed a key hold and didn’t get the onsight (beta spoiler alert – pocket to the right of the flakes crackline).

By then the sun had arrived, and there was only one sensible next stop…

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