June 17, 2009

the village and the climbing

Here are a few images of the village we are staying in on the Island of Hvar.
The Pier

The Market and the Church

Looking down on the village from Miro's project cave
I finally got to climb a couple of steep routes today. It was overcast with some wind which kept the temps and humidity down just a little! This allowed for climbing on small crimps and long routes with less sweat soaked clothes and climbing shoes!
The local route developer, Miroslav, took us to his project routes in a cave high above the the village vineyard. We were accompanied by two of Milo's friends from Switzerland; one of which was very strong. I got to sample the easy route in the cave with might be as easy as 8b (5.13d). I did pretty well on it, reaching a distance out the roof before falling off and having to work one crux section before reaching the top and taking the "big" air from the anchors to minimize the rope drag from pulling over the lip and continuing up the headwall to the anchors! It was pretty exciting! The last image is of the project route he let us sample. It was fun to try and communicate with my Swiss project partner about sequences and beta. Basically i just grabbed something and if he cheered, i pulled!

Amazing limestone, eh??