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[Wings for Life, 2 kb]250m, 11 pitches. French grades: 1)5a - 20m 2)5b - 30m 3)5b - 10m 4)4b - 30m 5)4c - 20m 6)5b - 20m 7)6a - 30m 8)5b - 20m 9)5c - 20m 10)5b - 20m 11)5a - 30m The 7th pitch is definitely the crux, an awkward layback that is generally regarded as 6a rather than the originally stated 5c. Although slightly scrappy low down, above the crux the rock is superb and the climbing quite magical.
Peter Keller, Urs Odermatt 10/Apr/2008

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This climb is in 111 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

Great experience. Climbed mostly in the sun, got through a lot of water. Walked down mostly in the dark but all went well.
jackappleby - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/14 with Wolfgang, Rowan

Me - pitches 2 (5b), 3 (5b) 6 (5b), 7 (6a), 8 (5b), 9 (6a), 11 (5a) Arifa - pitches 1 (5a), 4 (4b), 5 (4c), 10 (5b) Got the 7am ferry and opted to do the walk from Telendos harbour. At base of route in one hour and first on the climb.
andy mcc - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/14 with Arifa Chakera

First walked a bit wrong, we went directly to the left from the harbour along the sea, but you have to walk into the city and then left. Watch out for nest of birds when walking towards the route. Managed to do the climb relaxing in 3:45. Good walk off, and went swimming at the other side. Nice day out! Logbook is full, but we managed to write on the backcover. Thanks for the great adventure
Jeeedeee - 02/Jun/14

Blue paint dots take you all the way to the start. There is a book to sign at the top (in a tin behind a rock a couple of feet away from the last belay)although when we were there it was nearly full. The descent is marked by cairns. The first is near the top belay and if you keep walking straight on past it you'll see the second. Go to the top of the north face and turn right then after a while a cairn marks the way down. The first half of the route is fairly broken but the top half earns its stars. The resident falcons put on a superb display of flying.
furbrow - AltLd - 01/Jun/14 with Linda

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/May/14

quickdrawmcraw - AltLd - 07/May/14

Hidden - AltLd - 07/May/14

Pitched as 1,2 ( me), 3,4,5 (Rob), 6,7 (me), 8,9 (Rob), 10,11 (me). Ascent 888.
Laramadness - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/14 with RF

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/14

rd20 - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Dave T

Lawrence Beesley-Peck - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Steph Hunter

givemetea - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/14 with Christine Belk

paddygoodwinlondon - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/14 with Claudina

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/14

If walking in from Telendos port follow the blue dots once you hit the trail (by the ruins). The blue dots then end in the cave and the start of the route is to the right, by a tree. First multipitch- I lead first and we alternated on every pitch. Awesome day out but the walk off went on for ever....
Rockmonkey1977 - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/14

A truly fabulous outing, loved every second of it. Found most of the pitches easy for the grade, except the first 6a pitch which I didn't get clean on second and found very tough - (thuggy - not my style). One of my favourite days out climbing.
Fiona McFarlane - AltLd - Apr/14 with Loic menzies

Awesome morning's jaunt! 3 hours 5 mins. We joined pitches 1+2 and 3+4 together (I led 3+4,6,8,10). Crux is a tough, off-width, layback on P7. Long walk off.
paulerussell - AltLd O/S - 28/Oct/13 with Chris Densham

keithlambley - AltLd - 24/Oct/13 with Kate R

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Oct/13

837 in the book. Lead 1+2, 5+6, 8, 10. Fantastic morning out.
Dave 88 - AltLd O/S - 22/Oct/13 with MisterCorn

riff156 - AltLd O/S - 16/Oct/13 with Jo Smith

Swung leads in a three -worked fine with one in the middle. Clean this time, tho 2nded crux pitch. Led traverse pitch given 6a in guide - I'd say 5c. Very hot on headwall- we ran out of water & became overheated & dehydrated - good day out tho! 3hrs 50mins.
Phil Murray - AltLd rpt - 15/Oct/13 with Shaunagh Harvey-Kelly, Fenella

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 10/Oct/13 with Andy Chadwick

Geoffers - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Lauren, Richie

Headjamm - 2nd - 06/Oct/13 with Ritchie, Geoffers

Andy Chadwick - AltLd - Oct/13 with Ken Taylor

Started out early, had the crag to ourselves all day. 7am ferry, 1 hour walk in, 4 hour climb (no rushing, as was in sun all day), 2 hour walk off. What a blinding set of routes. The bottom is definitely no where near as good as the top. The cave mouth is very atmospheric, lots of birds around.
Voltemands - AltLd O/S - 16/Sep/13 with Carlene HIll

4a-4c and broken but pleasant until the 6a 7th pitch. After that it really comes good. good adventure. ascent 737.
rurp - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with bill farmer

Climbed as 6pitches in 3hr15min ascent number 715. Fantastic route and a fantastic day. Walk-in/out is a bit monstrous though. Me - P1/2/3, Ralph - P4, Me - P5/6, R - P7, Me - P8/9, R - P10/11
UnkArl - AltLd - 22/Apr/13 with Ralph

Stunning climb. DC climbed even pitches (inc 6a's). Walk in and descent is major day out on top of the actual climb. More like two hours to get down.
bsparky - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/13 with Dave Cummings

I lead pitches 1,3,5,7,9&11, Ben lead pitches 2,4,6,8&10. I lead both 6a's pitches cleanly. Amazing climbing, easier lower down but more difficult as you got up higher. The first 6a (pitch 7) has a funky arete style overhang rock to negotiate, not many holds and a little tricky. The second 6a is 200meteres off the ground with an exposed feeling and involves 2 tricky moves - one to move around and onto a big tufa block and the other to get up and past it. Great traverse climbing follows. An epic and memorable multi-pitch, a full day affair and a long and slow walk off at the end - it's only 1 1/2 hours but feels like a lot longer!!!
davemcummings - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/13 with Ben Sparkes

led P1,3 etc, quality improves as you get higher, great route. accent number 710 in the book. walk off was a slog (2 hours)
michael burrows - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/13 with Alun Ward

Excellent mountain route. Really made the holiday. Alt leads, I started and got the first 6a pitch (P7) and we swapped around so Jayne got the other (P9). Good choices which suited both our climbing styles down to the ground.
fizzychewitt - AltLd - 19/Apr/13 with Jayne

Led the whole route, in my trainers, in the dark! (cheers lads). The best way to do it: mega sunset and an awesome starry night! Perfect temps. 3 hours.
Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/13 with Rob Richardson, Alex Hallam

markfromstoke - 12/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 04/Apr/13

simo'd first 6 pitches in one. finished in three rope lengths. more broken than wc, but an epic day out doing both together.
benkelsey - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/13 with Gabe Oliver, Remus Knowles

Simi Lead first 6 pitches, Ben lead 2 pitches together, My lead for the traverse and above wall, then 1 more easy yomp to the top for Ben. Dual day with Wild Country. Epic
Gabe Oliver - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/13 with Remus Knowles, Ben Kelsey

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/13

becoming-stranger - AltLd - 02/Apr/13 with Beth Mc

beth_may - AltLd - 02/Apr/13 with Will Pope

Simul-climbed :)
crabby2009 - AltLd - 02/Apr/13 with Steve Le Feuvre

Simul climbed and did Wild Country in the same day :)
Bargate_Champ - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/13 with crabby2009

What a day! Great route, we had tried to walk in and do it a few days previously but got lost so took a boat this time! It was an amazing thing to do with Lottie - definitely going back for Wild Country next year!
Jack J Keogan - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Lottie Thorne

incredible multi-pitch, involved some assistance from jack to get me and the big bag up later pitch. an incredible day out :)
Lottie Thorne - 2nd dog - 31/Mar/13 with Jack J Keogan

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/13

galerito - TR - 26/Oct/12 with pawelgregorczyk, matiamallia

matiamallia - AltLd O/S - 26/Oct/12 with galerito, pawelgregorczyk

pawelgregorczyk - AltLd dog - 26/Oct/12 with galerito, matiamallia

Wow. 2 hours for descent, plus additional time for large mythos. Everyone seems to Fo the corner differently -I offwidthed it.
pebbles - AltLd O/S - 14/Oct/12 with astell

MichaelConstantinou - Oct/12

A delightful multi pitch. Lead the odd pitches. The first few pitches have been overgraded but the 2 6a pitches (7 and 9) were 6as!!!! Had the whole mountain to ourselves and finished it in 2 hours!!
Koon - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/12 with Mary Lothian

Seconder had to aid on the 6a pitches. Slept at the base of the route (so bigger pack) and started at 5:30am. Jammed up the crack. Amazing route.
GuitarGenius92 - AltLd O/S - 10/Sep/12 with Ruth Lawson

Roonix - AltLd O/S - Sep/12

Epic adventure. We had the route to ourselves all day, the bottom is a little scrambly but the top is excellent! First multipitch. Found the descent harder!
R8JimBob88 - 2nd O/S - 21/May/12 with Simon (Guide)

Climbed in 7 pitches in 2.5 hours, ascent No 595 according to the log book at the top. The first 6 pitches are short so we did them as 3. Then the next 3 as in the route description and ran the top 2 together. Loads of bolts so I clipped approx alternate ones or would have needed 30 quick draws!
Andy Chubb - Lead - 12/May/12 with Steve Goodman

Brendan - AltLd - 06/May/12 with Graeme

I led the 4th pitch. Struggled on the 6a sections, fell off the layback crack and french-freed and aided the traverse pitch - just get up it is my motto on a route like that! Superb, but a bit unbalanced, mostly grade 5 with a few hard moves. Started climbing at 9 and finished at 2:10.
Howard J - AltLd dog - 02/May/12 with Aidan Raftery, Dave Spencer

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/May/12

Loved it struggled up the 6a pitches fantastic setting and views. Interesting jumping off the boat at the bottom of the climb. Led pitch 2,5,7&9
trish1968 - AltLd - 27/Apr/12 with Nick Bennett

Hidden - AltLd dog - 27/Apr/12

got lost on the walk in as we followed the guide description of start going up when you see a big cave, spent 4 hours walking through choss, scree and bushes, just decided to slack it off when we saw people high on the crag above us (and about 1km away) walked over and got the route done in just over an hour (roped together) nice climb all the same but a bit full on for a rest day
mwatson - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/12

Hidden - 12/Apr/12

Some aid seconding on P6 getting the bag over the layback/offwidth.
JHiley - AltLd dog - 08/Apr/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/12

Pitches 2,4,6,8 and 9. Good lead by Ellie on pitch 7, which felt tough for 6a. Pitch 9 was brilliant.
JezH - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Ellie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/12

ross brinson - AltLd - 05/Apr/12

ross brinson - AltLd - 03/Apr/12 with josh davies

Swsloper - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Oct/11

led overhang crux then alt leads - spectacular day out!
Viki - AltLd O/S - 27/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/11

Assent 490 in book. First multipitch
owlman - AltLd O/S - 25/Oct/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Oct/11

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Oct/11

We were started climbing about 08.30 and were first on the route but closely followed by 2 teams from the Lakes. The first crux, was damp and tricky, when I came to lead it (especially with a rucksack) but dried quickly. The heavens opened as Si led the second crux. This is well bolted but even so was very tricky to lead & follow in torrential rain! An excellent route but the first 6 pitches are pretty easy. We were on top by 11.30
Pete Nugent - AltLd O/S - 12/Oct/11 with Simon Holden

Very good but not as good as the hype. Only 2-3 pitches of any real quality. It also rained on us, and I had the 6a tufa pitch in the wet
Simon Holden (LCandCC) - AltLd O/S - 12/Oct/11 with Pete Nugent

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/11

aidanb - Lead O/S - 17/May/11

Got stuck behind a party of russians - so slow!
adrianj - AltLd - 21/Apr/11 with Ann Blandford

stephenarnold - 12/Apr/11

ross brinson - AltLd - 10/Apr/11

amazing route! topped out as the sun set, great experience!
EliotStephens - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/11

Awesome climbing and some awesome moves. A whole lot of fun and a very interesting experience. Views, walk and history are all amazing, ferry trip home at sunset just tipped it off for me.
Thom.milburn - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/11 with Josh Davies, Bill Beynon

josh1905 - AltLd O/S - Apr/11

In 10 pitches - I led the odd ones, Carmen the even ones including both 6a pitches. The first 6a pitch was done French Free, the rest was clean. The 5b pitch after the traverse was out of this world! Had the route to ourselves, the summit logbook showed we were the first to climb it for a week. Warm and sunny for the climb, cloud started building as we approached the summit, the heavens opened just as we reached the coast path after the descent!
Simon Caldwell - AltLd - 14/Nov/10 with Carmen

Nicola - AltLd - 02/Nov/10 with Ade

Amazing route. Led odd pitches. Accent 317 in the logbook
Ade7 - AltLd O/S - 02/Nov/10 with Nicola

marcduhig - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/10 with Aaron

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Oct/10

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Oct/10

tapley - AltLd - 12/Oct/10 with Simon Tapley

Fantastic day out, a strong breeze made climbing in the sun a pleasure. Glad to be the only party on the route. Got very lost on the descent :-)
embob - AltLd - 04/Oct/10 with Alex

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Oct/10

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/10

WalnutHorse - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10

salwilms - 14/Sep/10

Brilliant day out. Arrived by speedboat over a very lively sea: those sitting in the back completely soaked. Opted to thrutch up crux chimney, which proved to be great fun and featured a buttock jam at one point. Great exposure on final traverse and headwall. Led Ps 1,3,5,7,9,11.
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 10/May/10 with sk1nfl1nt

Hidden - AltLd - 10/May/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/10

Excellent route: crux is a strenuous 6a layback; otherwise very pleasant climbing in amazing situations. A rather slow party who'd raced to get on the route first marred the experience somewhat: couldn't they see they were causing a log-jam of teams below them? Apart from waiting for them to finish faffing about, it meant the rest of us had to deal with a stroppy German couple preparing to climb over us on the crux.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 21/Oct/09 with Chris Michalak

Brilliant route. Took us 3hr, 5 mins, helped by the fact that we were first on the route. Ascent number 166 Led odd numbered pitchs, including crux
Chris the Tall - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/09 with Daz

Great route, but sadly a party of THREE (from the UK, I'm ashamed to say) decided to rush to start ahead of us and then took pretty much forever to climb it - they were struggling on pitches we could fly up. The waiting became hours & a German couple tried to "push in" leading to a threat of intervention (ie. tying them off). This should have been a great day out but instead we remember it for the wrong reasons. Oh, I aided the crux move on the 6a pitch - so what?
Phil Murray - AltLd dog - 21/Oct/09 with Liz

Hidden - AltLd - May/09

Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - May/09 with Bob Larkin

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Style of ascent

Soloed1 of 111 (0.9%)
Lead16 of 111 (14.4%)
Followed3 of 111 (2.7%)
Toproped1 of 111 (0.9%)
Alt Leads84 of 111 (75.7%)
Unknown6 of 111 (5.4%)

'Climbed'40 of 111 (36.0%)
clean O/S63 of 111 (56.8%)
clean rpt2 of 111 (1.8%)
dogged6 of 111 (5.4%)