By Jonathan. Over the past 30 years the popularity of climbing has sky-rocketed. An important trigger for this was the development of sport climbing, which began in France in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since that time the number of sport climbing destinations has grown exponentially. With a constant stream of new and / … Continue reading Climbing in Burgundy – Escaping the heat at Geligny
By Gaynor. Pushing yourself to the limit and reaching beyond what you thought possible, striving to achieve new milestones. These are challenges that inspire and motivate us as climbers. But if all our climbing was like that we would never be able to warm up and we would burn out quickly, both in our daily … Continue reading The importance of 4b
By Jonathan. I was born and grew up in County Durham and am now living in Northumberland so I can't pretend to be an impartial observer, but for me the North-east of England is a special place. The scenery tends towards a gentle beauty rather than awe inspiring but at the same time it is … Continue reading Climbing at Stanhope Quarries, Co Durham, UK
By Jonathan. Whilst Kalymnos is a world renowned destination for sport climbing it is an otherwise relatively obscure place. It has a rugged beauty but few of the historical or hedonistic attractions that tempt people to many of the other Greek islands. We were therefore a little surprised by how much the character of Masouri … Continue reading Climbing on Kalymnos: Reflections
by: Jonathan It was beginning to seem like we were the only climbers in Britain who had never been to Kalymnos, so on this trip we are rectifying that omission. Despite knowing so many people who had been to Kalymnos we didn't know much about the place or what to expect. To most tourists, Kalymnos … Continue reading Kalymnos: First Impressions
After a couple of fabulous days on the Greek island of Nisyros, we caught a small, bouncy ferry for the short hop over to Kalymnos. We were renewed, recharged and ready to go climbing again. By the time we found our apartment in Masouri, got supplies and settled in, the sun was setting over the … Continue reading An auspicious start?
Being back in Kyparissi has been wonderful although our time here didn't get off to a very auspicious start. We first visited Kyparissi last November but it was a short stay and we only climbed at one sector, Kastraki. This time we had five possible climbing days and intended to visit more of the sectors. … Continue reading Climbing in Kyparissi