It's been a while since I last posted but I wanted to give you guys an update on my European adventures so far!! It's already been almost two months since I left Canada and it's crazy to think how much has happened since then. From the last bouldering World Cup in Munich, the Youth World championships in Arco Italy, exploring Greece with my wonderful family and climbing in paradise here in Kalymnos, the past few months have been a whirlwind of adventure and fun that I can't wait to continue.
We've been here in Kalymnos for about 2 and half weeks now and island life is treating us well. We have been climbing as much as our skin can handle and taking the occasional rest day to relax by the pool and enjoy the ocean. Island life here operates at a crawl, especially in the mornings. It is rare to find people out and about before 10 unless they're going climbing, in which case people are sprinting up the hill to the Grande Grotta just past 8am to grab the most popular routes before the masses of other climbers arrive. Lucky for us hardy mountain folk who are used to 45 minute approaches to crags, most people's "sprint" to the grande grotta is turtle pace so we can leave our studio at 8:45 and get there at a reasonable time as well. :) Another example of slow Island life...The climbing shop here opens at 5pm which I find particularly amusing.
Kalymnos in October is rather crowded as a result of numerous climbing camps and the North Face climbing festival around the corner. Although the crags are busier it has been awesome meeting many people from different countries as well as many fellow Candians. What's really cool about the crags here is that lots of the sectors grades are really diverse. I was working my way up a 7c+ at the Odessey wall only to look over and find Magnus Mitboe working on his 8c+ project a few lines left and down from him there were others working their 6b+ routes. Everyone here is just having fun and getting super inspired no matter what grade they climb.
We still have another week and a half left here which is prefect for us as we all have either some unfinished business to attend to or want to try a few more inspiring lines. Sara is getting as close as close can be on Daniboy (8a) , Andrew is wanting to get on Racomello (8b) and I want to try a steep pocketed line called Labyrinth (8b) at the Jurassic Park sector.
As far as what is next, we are flying to Espana to tour around Barcelona for a few days then we are off to Rodellar and Siruana to crush some hard routes :) and eat some Pallella!
Anyways that's all for now friends...another update to come once we get a taste of some Spanish rock.
Thanks for reading,
P.s sorry for no pictures...they wouldn't upload