Spartan Wall and Summertime

I’d been hoping for a cooler spell to explore the crags left of the Grande Grotta, but with only a few climbing days left the forecast remains stubbornly in the high 20s and 60% humidity. Oh well, at least they get morning shade.

First stop is a tough warmup on Swiss Baby at Afternoon then we headed over to my main objective of the day – Kurva on Spartan Wall, a 38m 7a. This is a fabulous route and gave full value in the conditions. A tough, polished move left across a steep wall gains a half rest on an arete. A huge reach yields a decent pocket and a hoof for better holds and a slabby interlude – you think you’ve earned a 7a tick already then look up and see you’ve got another 20m. Things steepen up again and a series of underlings and layaways on slippery foot holds (not to mention tiring arms) just about leaves enough in the tank for a lunge for the final jug. What a tussle!

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My remaining plans for the day (Kerveros on Spartacus and Dike on Jurassic Park) were both swiftly consigned to the “future projects” list as both specifically mention being tough when hot. I was done in!

… But there was still a bit of shade to be had further right on Spartan Wall, the only problem being that a herd of goats also fancied the cool. Helen led Hibiscus Market despite the close attention of one of the herd!

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Cheeky!

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That could easily have been the cue for another dip in the sea, but we decided to pootle along the few km to sector Summertime to check it out. Just 5 minutes from the road and nicely shaded in soothing cool we were even inspired to gear-up again. We ended up doing another 3 routes, the best (and easiest) of which was the excellent Ammohostos Vamelevousa, an outstanding jug haul on continuously surprising holds. Great fun!

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… and all washed down with lashings of gorgeous views…

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I particularly admire the way the locals have planted colourful azalea bushes where others might consider ARMCO barriers to be the norm!

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