Kalymnos 8a at 13 years old
© Rory Cargill, Nov 2013
13 year old Rory Cargill has just had a very successful trip to Kalymnos, where he climbed his first 8a with the classic Fun de Chichunne, a 40 metre stamina-fest through the Grande Grotta.
Rory headed to Kalymnos with a very clear goal; to climb 8a. He set his sights on one of the most classic and iconic routes of Kalymnos, Fun de Chichunne, 8a, a route that played to Rory's strengths. On his first day Rory got straight onto the route to get an idea of what it involved and had this to say about his first attempt:
Instead of get back on Fun the next day, Rory decided to have a go at another 40m stamina test-piece, Priapos, 7c. Rory surprised himself by onsighting it, giving him a real confidence boost for serious redpoint attempts on Fun the next day. Sure enough, the next day Rory managed to climb Fun de Chichunne on his second try of the day as his first 8a. Rory again:
I can’t quite believe that I have achieved my life’s ambition at just over 13. Thankfully there are lots more in Kalymnos to justify a trip back to tick 8b next year!"