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UKC Articles - on 15 May 2019
Kalymnos: sunset over Telendos Sarah-Jane Dobner shares her second poetry collection, this time inspired by a trip to Kalymnos.

Over Easter, I spent two weeks on the climbing paradise of Kalymnos, a Greek Island off the coast of Turkey. Whilst Britain basked in a heatwave, 40 mph gales blew non-stop from the North. I was sick for most of the trip, yet climbed three grades harder than I've ever led. There are chapels everywhere on the island, but underneath, an Ancient brutality. It was a curate's egg.



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Nic on 15 May 2019
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I was enjoying that until I got to the...

[spoiler alert]

...bit about the accident. As someone who aspires to taking his teenage daughter to Kalymnos and belaying her on 8as in return for her top-roping me on the odd 4+, that was a wake-up!

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andyman666999 - on 15 May 2019
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Didn’t really get this article at all. 

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Andy Gamisou - on 16 May 2019
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> Didn’t really get this article at all. 

I don't get the point of your post.  Such is life.

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pauls911 - on 16 May 2019
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Thanks Sarah-Jane, this was a lovely evocation of the place.

I think, having already lead the route, that if you read Resista you can't claim the onsite ;)

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andyman666999 - on 16 May 2019
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And yet you also felt the need to comment !

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kevin stephens - on 16 May 2019
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> Didn’t really get this article at all. 

Indeed, everybody knows that poetry should be restricted to evocation of trad climbing and has no place in a sport climbing context...…..

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