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Three 8’s

By Ben Meakin
07, Jun, 2013

I have been climbing for 13 years now. In all that time I have never climbed font 8A, French 8a or E8. I need to do something about that. Well maybe 2013 will be my crushing year?

My plan is to climb all three in one year. Back in April I spent two weeks in Kalymnos knowing this would be a good time to kick start the challenge. Talking numbers it was the best climbing trip so far - Three 8’s

All at 8a-
Helios 5th go
Angelica 3rd go
Princesse Marine 2nd go!! (Angelica and Princesse Marine same day)

As well as these I did lots of amazing climbs and one or two 40m climbs - not my usual style at all!

I climbed the best sport route I’ve ever climbed called Andromeda (7c+). This starts off as a really powerful boulder problem which leads into a single tuffa - cool climbing.

But now I have the two hard ones left the font 8A and the E8. I climb much better on the grit than the limestone so I will be waiting until winter when its cold for better friction on grit. In the summer I plan to train to peak condition in time for some frost.

At the moment I have no idea which E8 to get on - so if any one has any useful tips that would be amazing.

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