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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?

Ben enjoying climbing in Kalymnos

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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Ben enjoying climbing in Kalymnos

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