Fakirella Beach

21st May 2015

Campo Base
Chiara O. – 5c – Lead (Chris)
NINI – 5c – Lead (Chris)
No Drill, No Party – 5b – Second (Chris)
Calze Nere – 6a – Lead (Chris)

Grotta del Cavallo
Melchiore – 6b+ Lead(Dog) – (Chris)
Bue – 6c – TR Dog – Joe/Chris/Tom

For a change the temperatures dropped on this day and we actually had a bit of rain. It’s strange how you are always anticipating good weather when you’re away and when it doesnt happen it can put a bit of a downer on things. In fact this day turned out to be a really good laugh.

That ropes pink

That ropes pink

As described in the book the opening climbs look unlikely at the grade, but are actually OK. By day 4 I was getting back into the swing of Sport climbing.

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I always find the transition to ‘go for it’ moves quite difficult being predominately a trad man, but after a while it grows on you.

Tufa Heaven

Tufa Heaven

By the afternoon, Chris and I were on some insane rodeo tufa madness. Melchiore is just so unique. A few hard moves into a niche bring an exit onto massive tufa’s which require a certain amount of wrapping yourself around to get to the final position. This is ‘you’ hanging onto a huge spike which looks like it could detach at any moment. Just fantastic and a really memorable climb.

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There was time left th blast away at Joe’s 6c. A really tough but good climb. The crux is powerfull, with a pull on an almost mono, but once through there it is just technical and geat fun.

Edge of the Cavern

Edge of the Cavern

Of course tomorrow comes the big day out!