25m.

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After a rather nasty, polished slabby start, easier but superb steep blob climbing leads to a step left, where more testing moves are required. © Rockfax

FA. D & JB.Winkler, Michel Piola Aug/2002

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plant_based_tommo 13 May Show βeta
βeta: Pretty stiff for 7b in my opinion but a brilliant route! (perhaps 15 years of polish have made it harder?) Hard techy boulder problem off the deck then a long section of pumpy climbing with marginal rests and a few quite hard moves. Also quite run out for Kaly. hardly easier than Spartacus, if at all.
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βeta: Pretty stiff for 7b in my opinion but a brilliant route! (perhaps 15 years of polish have made it harder?) Hard techy boulder problem off the deck then a long section of pumpy climbing with marginal rests and a few quite hard moves. Also quite run out for Kaly. hardly easier than Spartacus, if at all.
Dave Musgrove 13 Jun, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: Definitly felt well 7b for an old boy like me. Best and hardest redpoint I've done on the island.
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βeta: Definitly felt well 7b for an old boy like me. Best and hardest redpoint I've done on the island.
Ben Stokes 22 May, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: Although in hindsight the top half is quite easy, so maybe Alan is right. Anyway, more importantly, the route is bloody superb; go do it!
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βeta: Although in hindsight the top half is quite easy, so maybe Alan is right. Anyway, more importantly, the route is bloody superb; go do it!
Ben Stokes 22 May, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: Soft 7b IMHO, but not 7a+. I guess you are just a hero Alan! ;o)
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βeta: Soft 7b IMHO, but not 7a+. I guess you are just a hero Alan! ;o)
Adam Lincoln 20 Oct, 2004 Show βeta
βeta: Good mid level 7b IMHO. Its the only route of 7b or less i failed to onsight on the island. Its harder than Alexis Zorbas, which i onsighted
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βeta: Good mid level 7b IMHO. Its the only route of 7b or less i failed to onsight on the island. Its harder than Alexis Zorbas, which i onsighted
Alan James - UKC and UKH 19 Oct, 2004 Show βeta
βeta: Gladiator is never 7b. I can't understand why people think it is. We did it in the rain with huge seepage streaks and it just isn't that hard, has good shakes and no real crux. Compared to any 7b in France and it is miles easier. I think this route is indicative of the holiday-grades that many routes on Kalymnos suffer from.
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βeta: Gladiator is never 7b. I can't understand why people think it is. We did it in the rain with huge seepage streaks and it just isn't that hard, has good shakes and no real crux. Compared to any 7b in France and it is miles easier. I think this route is indicative of the holiday-grades that many routes on Kalymnos suffer from.
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J1_TOV 15 Oct Lead dog Greased off on the wet feet. All moves on for the redpoint when dry.
Greased off on the wet feet. All moves on for the redpoint when dry.
Hidden 4 Oct Lead O/S
Hidden 2 Oct Lead dnf
Hidden 7 Jun Lead
Hidden 7 Jun TR
jackob 13 May Lead dog Too sustained and pumpy for my weak little arms. However a big improvement from October when I couldn't get off the ground!
with Yvonne
Too sustained and pumpy for my weak little arms. However a big improvement from October when I couldn't get off the ground!
with Yvonne
plant_based_tommo 12 May Lead RP fell off the last hard move on the onsight. first rp. bloody hard.
fell off the last hard move on the onsight. first rp. bloody hard.
Jim pratt 28 Apr Lead RP
Hidden 27 Apr Lead dog
Teappleby 25 Apr Lead dnf Came off this at the move Jamie very nearly came off the other day. Ended up wrong handed and tried to reach through. But foot blew off a smear. Finished up harri Kiri to get the draws back, spicy.
with Kalymnos 2019, franhammond92
Came off this at the move Jamie very nearly came off the other day. Ended up wrong handed and tried to reach through. But foot blew off a smear. Finished up harri Kiri to get the draws back, spicy.
with Kalymnos 2019, franhammond92
Hidden 22 Apr Lead O/S
Franciscodsr 19 Apr Lead RP
with Dom
with Dom
Franciscodsr 19 Apr Lead RP
with Dom
with Dom
Franciscodsr 19 Apr Lead RP
with Dom
with Dom
Hidden 17 Apr Lead O/S
Hidden 14 Apr Lead RP
davidliu 12 Apr Lead dog Move after the traverse felt run out and I bottled it! Damn
with mimic
Move after the traverse felt run out and I bottled it! Damn
with mimic
Rockmonkey1977 7 Apr Lead dog Wow, I must have been climbing well last year... Placing qd’s. This time around my foot popped just after the 2nd bolt but as the conditions looked pretty bad (wet) and as it was late I decided to press on rather than restart. Definitely didn’t read it well and had one intentional rest on the rope and then a second unintentional one when my hand blew out of a wet/greasy jug! Colin then flashed it...
Wow, I must have been climbing well last year... Placing qd’s. This time around my foot popped just after the 2nd bolt but as the conditions looked pretty bad (wet) and as it was late I decided to press on rather than restart. Definitely didn’t read it well and had one intentional rest on the rope and then a second unintentional one when my hand blew out of a wet/greasy jug! Colin then flashed it...
Steph Ward 12 Oct, 2018 Lead RP
with Peter Webb
with Peter Webb
JamesWilliams 5 Oct, 2018 Lead dog Managed to get onto the tufa out left but got my feet wrong and got stuck. Pleased with the effort. Next time when fresh it should go. Starts a bit ming.
Managed to get onto the tufa out left but got my feet wrong and got stuck. Pleased with the effort. Next time when fresh it should go. Starts a bit ming.
Garrylister ?Oct, 2018 Lead O/S
Tom Corras 22 Sep, 2018 Lead RP
mike reed 4 Sep, 2018 Lead rpt No rest or falls. Alzheimer’s flash. Really pleased to get up this clean considering my lack of fitness. Starting moves felt thin and slippy, upper moves steep and pumpy. Fabulous. An 8 route mega training day today.
with Jonas Sweden
No rest or falls. Alzheimer’s flash. Really pleased to get up this clean considering my lack of fitness. Starting moves felt thin and slippy, upper moves steep and pumpy. Fabulous. An 8 route mega training day today.
with Jonas Sweden
Q.Estelles 24 May, 2018 Lead dog
joshdownham23 10 May, 2018 Lead O/S Screwed up the bouldery start and somehow managed to cling on and finish the route OS
with Elliot
Screwed up the bouldery start and somehow managed to cling on and finish the route OS
with Elliot
Franciscodsr 25 Apr, 2018 Lead dog
with Dom
with Dom
Franciscodsr 25 Apr, 2018 Lead dog
with Dom
with Dom
Franciscodsr 25 Apr, 2018 Lead dog
with Dom
with Dom
Rockmonkey1977 12 Apr, 2018 Lead dog Gutted to blow the onsight, reckon one more move and it would have been in the bag... And then rushed the second attempt so blew even lower!?!? Personally I’d say 7a+, with the main difficulty supplied by the bouldery, sequencey start ‘slab’...
Gutted to blow the onsight, reckon one more move and it would have been in the bag... And then rushed the second attempt so blew even lower!?!? Personally I’d say 7a+, with the main difficulty supplied by the bouldery, sequencey start ‘slab’...
lucybradbury 2 Apr, 2018 Lead dog Think I tried quite hard and got very pumped, but the name was cool so I had to try it
Think I tried quite hard and got very pumped, but the name was cool so I had to try it
bigdrew 20 Oct, 2017 Lead dog Soapy!
with AJM, Joe Bawden
Soapy!
with AJM, Joe Bawden
gregjack 16 Oct, 2017 Lead β
Jan Masat 15 Oct, 2017 Lead RP 2nd go.technical slippery slab at the beginning was the main challenge. Great climb.
with Sarah
2nd go.technical slippery slab at the beginning was the main challenge. Great climb.
with Sarah
pablosordo ?Oct, 2017 Lead dog Wrong handed at the top on the onsight, first part ruins the route completely
Wrong handed at the top on the onsight, first part ruins the route completely
Dandan 21 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S I'd give it 7b and solid at that. The fingery problem at the start doesn't really sit well with the rest of the route but at least it's not been chipped.
I'd give it 7b and solid at that. The fingery problem at the start doesn't really sit well with the rest of the route but at least it's not been chipped.
Hidden 9 Aug, 2017 Lead rpt
Leedearden 9 Aug, 2017 Lead RP
with loundsy
with loundsy
Hidden 7 May, 2017 Lead RP
John 'B' Hutchinson 28 Apr, 2017 Lead RP 2nd RP. 7b
2nd RP. 7b
Qisheng Xie 23 Apr, 2017 Lead RP Sequency slab section followed by a pumpy breeze run.
with Pav Onyshchenko
Sequency slab section followed by a pumpy breeze run.
with Pav Onyshchenko
GrahamGiles 23 Apr, 2017 Lead β Battled my way up to the top of the tufa and just about managed to shake out enough to make it to the jug ladder to the chains. shame about the desperate starting moves though!
Battled my way up to the top of the tufa and just about managed to shake out enough to make it to the jug ladder to the chains. shame about the desperate starting moves though!
Hidden 8 Nov, 2016 Lead O/S
Ed Booth 18 Oct, 2016 Lead O/S
with Anna Booth, cankerblossom
with Anna Booth, cankerblossom
Hidden 6 Oct, 2016 Lead RP
Hidden 6 Oct, 2016 Lead RP
wilchivs 14 Sep, 2016 Lead RP Nearly had the onsight but was a little pumped and so didn't read the crux properly. Felt much easier second time and so got it 1st RP. Very pleasant, crux moves are lovely. Still gets 7b in the newest guide so it's a shame my logbook for this trip doesn't get higher than 7a+ on UKC!
Nearly had the onsight but was a little pumped and so didn't read the crux properly. Felt much easier second time and so got it 1st RP. Very pleasant, crux moves are lovely. Still gets 7b in the newest guide so it's a shame my logbook for this trip doesn't get higher than 7a+ on UKC!
C coldwell-storry 13 Sep, 2016 Lead O/S
with Jake Rogers
with Jake Rogers
stp 26 Aug, 2016 Lead RP Superb pitch, even better than Spartacus. More pumpy but easier moves. Did not seem that much easier overall. Second try after a brief rest. A slight breeze helped mitigate the humidity. Seems like possibly the right grade (easy 7b), E5 6b, but I might be tired or had a duff sequence.
Superb pitch, even better than Spartacus. More pumpy but easier moves. Did not seem that much easier overall. Second try after a brief rest. A slight breeze helped mitigate the humidity. Seems like possibly the right grade (easy 7b), E5 6b, but I might be tired or had a duff sequence.
Flavio 23 May, 2016 Lead dog
TomJ 3 May, 2016 Lead RP Awesome upper wall. Definitely felt 7b when compared to similar style routes on the island...
with SamT
Awesome upper wall. Definitely felt 7b when compared to similar style routes on the island...
with SamT
Matt Cooke 3 May, 2016 Lead RP
ChrisDavis 3 May, 2016 Lead β
robertmichaellovell 7 Apr, 2016 Lead dog 2 rests, couple of exciting moments with withering arms
with Roger
2 rests, couple of exciting moments with withering arms
with Roger
Jake Young 26 Mar, 2016 Lead β nearly fell off this got lucky and found a hold when traversing back up and right.
with Kalymnos 2016
nearly fell off this got lucky and found a hold when traversing back up and right.
with Kalymnos 2016
dom94 26 Mar, 2016 Lead O/S
polivmi1 ??, 2016 -
Hidden 4 Nov, 2015 Lead RP
Hidden 1 Nov, 2015 Lead O/S
AJM 20 Oct, 2015 Lead O/S
cameron.rutherford 18 Oct, 2015 Lead RP
khawk 17 Oct, 2015 Lead dog
mhairi thorburn 15 Oct, 2015 Lead G/U Fell off at the first bolt 3 times. Once past that it was all good.
with Ali
Fell off at the first bolt 3 times. Once past that it was all good.
with Ali
J1_TOV 14 Oct, 2015 Lead dog Nothing felt overly hard but after a few false starts, lost motivation. Polish was odd.
Nothing felt overly hard but after a few false starts, lost motivation. Polish was odd.
Hidden 13 Oct, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 10 Oct, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 9 Oct, 2015 Lead O/S
Luke Brooks ?Oct, 2015 Lead O/S
DorsetGareth 25 Sep, 2015 Lead RP 1st Redpoint, after onsight attempt. Belayed by Alex Megos :)
with RocUp
1st Redpoint, after onsight attempt. Belayed by Alex Megos :)
with RocUp
Frances Bensley 16 Sep, 2015 Lead RP
with Alice Bensley
with Alice Bensley
keithpeck ?Sep, 2015 Lead RP
jw435 ?Aug, 2015 Lead RP
tom russell 19 May, 2015 Lead RP
with doogie, mshorter
with doogie, mshorter
mshorter 18 May, 2015 Lead β
with D.Russell, tom, erika
with D.Russell, tom, erika
Kris suriyo 2 May, 2015 Lead O/S Feel like 7b+ as everything was dripping!!!
Feel like 7b+ as everything was dripping!!!
Hidden ?Apr, 2015 -
Mat Welsh ?Apr, 2015 Lead O/S Pumpy wall climbing with a heinous looking(but actually amenable) bouldery thin start. Pleased with the OS on this one, probably read it wrong and had to hang in there on the hardest move !
Pumpy wall climbing with a heinous looking(but actually amenable) bouldery thin start. Pleased with the OS on this one, probably read it wrong and had to hang in there on the hardest move !
LucasHarazin 9 Nov, 2014 Lead RP
chris m fisher 7 Nov, 2014 Lead O/S
with Will Kelsall
with Will Kelsall
Ally Smith 7 Nov, 2014 Lead O/S
mic_b 15 Oct, 2014 Lead RP
with heidi m
with heidi m
jess ?Oct, 2014 Lead
Dan Hale 16 Sep, 2014 Lead RP
with dan ely
with dan ely
quiffhanger 4 May, 2014 Lead O/S
Oliver Tilbury 4 May, 2014 Lead β
Hidden 23 Apr, 2014 Lead RP
Ian Broome 14 Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
Hidden 14 Apr, 2014 Lead dog
Ri 9 Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
mr_cf 3 Nov, 2013 2nd dog
Hidden 23 Oct, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 23 Oct, 2013 Lead dog
Michael Allday 10 Oct, 2013 Lead great climbing
great climbing
dswansonlow 15 Jun, 2013 Lead RP
with Shelly
with Shelly
Hidden 26 Apr, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 25 Apr, 2013 Lead dog
Mike Owen 14 Apr, 2013 Lead O/S
with Elaine Owen
with Elaine Owen
Hidden 4 Apr, 2013 Lead RP
Hidden 4 Apr, 2013 Lead O/S
DeanT ??, 2013 Lead O/S
dan gibson 17 Nov, 2012 Lead RP
with julie carroll
with julie carroll
Si dH 27 Oct, 2012 Lead RP 2nd rp today after another working go. Right foot slipped on the last hard move on 1st attempt.
with Neil Furniss
2nd rp today after another working go. Right foot slipped on the last hard move on 1st attempt.
with Neil Furniss
Si dH 26 Oct, 2012 Lead dog Dogged up to work the moves but felt knackered after DNA and little sleep, so stripped it.
with Richard Popp
Dogged up to work the moves but felt knackered after DNA and little sleep, so stripped it.
with Richard Popp
tom106 2 Oct, 2012 Lead RP failed onsight
failed onsight
dannyboy83 24 Sep, 2012 Lead O/S
with tom106
with tom106
Tomar 3 May, 2012 Lead RP
nicolat ?May, 2012 TR
innes ?May, 2012 Lead O/S
Jay81 23 Apr, 2012 Lead RP
with Tomar
with Tomar
Hidden 5 Apr, 2012 Lead RP
tom harrison ?Apr, 2012 Lead
Hidden 21 Nov, 2011 Lead O/S
Dan Jenkin 7 Nov, 2011 Lead O/S
with Gordon Jenkin
with Gordon Jenkin
JulesV ?Nov, 2011 Lead O/S
UKB Shark 24 Oct, 2011 Lead O/S
with Toby Foord-Kelcey
with Toby Foord-Kelcey
Hidden 24 Oct, 2011 Lead
Hidden 14 Oct, 2011 Lead RP
Tris.w 14 Oct, 2011 Lead β Great route!
with Sash.C
Great route!
with Sash.C
Adam Booth 12 Oct, 2011 Lead RP 1st RP
1st RP
Adam Booth 10 Oct, 2011 Lead dog
Gus 10 Oct, 2011 Lead O/S
Garrouli ?Oct, 2011 Lead O/S
mux 17 Sep, 2011 Lead rpt With jorge the american
With jorge the american
wilsonmackenzie 6 Sep, 2011 Lead β
RdC 6 Sep, 2011 Lead RP 2nd go as per
2nd go as per
Twisty ?Sep, 2011 Lead O/S A classic! Misread crux and tried going direct instead of following the route and holds slightly left. (look at the topo next time!) 2nd go
with Byron Buck
A classic! Misread crux and tried going direct instead of following the route and holds slightly left. (look at the topo next time!) 2nd go
with Byron Buck
NDD 30 Aug, 2011 Lead O/S
Hidden 8 Aug, 2011 2nd
_m.cox_ 19 May, 2011 Lead O/S
westyb3 19 May, 2011 Lead O/S
with Alan Sarhan
with Alan Sarhan
Hidden 12 May, 2011 Lead RP
ewen 27 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
Billg 11 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
with Will Calvert, alan rosier
with Will Calvert, alan rosier
jgustafsson 8 Apr, 2011 Lead dog Failed onsight at initial boulder problem, failed 2nd go at the cool step left. There has been a lot of failing lately.
with Jen
Failed onsight at initial boulder problem, failed 2nd go at the cool step left. There has been a lot of failing lately.
with Jen
AdrianP 10 Nov, 2010 Lead O/S
with Riikka
with Riikka
Robbie_Phillips ?Nov, 2010 -
Glenn Sutcliffe 15 Oct, 2010 -
with Mike Waters
with Mike Waters
Glenn Sutcliffe 15 Oct, 2010 -
with Mike Waters
with Mike Waters
mux ?Oct, 2010 Lead RP MIssed the O/S by a silly mistake. got it on the next go. Belayed young Mike Hopkins as he on sighted it age 14.
MIssed the O/S by a silly mistake. got it on the next go. Belayed young Mike Hopkins as he on sighted it age 14.
Morgan Woods 24 Sep, 2010 Lead RP Tough one but got it done in a day. Thin start which needs dry conditions. Crux has a slightly hard to read sequence.
with Kaly 2010 posse
Tough one but got it done in a day. Thin start which needs dry conditions. Crux has a slightly hard to read sequence.
with Kaly 2010 posse
Hidden ?Nov, 2009 Lead RP
Hidden 12 Oct, 2009 Lead β
Alan Cameron-Duff 10 Oct, 2009 Lead O/S
with Dave Swaine
with Dave Swaine
nealh ?Oct, 2009 -
steve_biczyk ?May, 2009 Lead RP 2nd go, so close on onsight! Superb crux.
with Emma Curry, Marcus Pontin
2nd go, so close on onsight! Superb crux.
with Emma Curry, Marcus Pontin
marcpontin ?May, 2009 Lead RP
with steve
with steve
Hidden 15 Apr, 2009 Lead RP
marky 9 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
with Sharon
with Sharon
jfreeman 2 Apr, 2009 Lead β
with simonr
with simonr
simonr 2 Apr, 2009 Lead dog
Hidden ?Apr, 2009 Lead β
hutch ?Jan, 2009 Lead O/S
Hidden ?Jan, 2009 -
La Mont ??, 2009 -
Hidden 14 May, 2008 Lead O/S
Pete Wimbush ?Mar, 2008 Lead RP
with Gavin Singleton
with Gavin Singleton
dala ??, 2008 -
Hidden ?Oct, 2007 2nd
ksjs 21 Sep, 2007 Lead O/S superb and not 7a+ as some suggest. varied and sustained with a bouldery start - eases near the top.
superb and not 7a+ as some suggest. varied and sustained with a bouldery start - eases near the top.
Ramon Marin 12 Apr, 2007 Lead dnf
with Steve Ahern
with Steve Ahern
Hidden ??, 2007 -
Steve Crowe 13 Oct, 2006 Lead O/S
with karin
with karin
keefe 11 Oct, 2006 Lead O/S
with Tansy
with Tansy
mike reed ?Oct, 2006 Lead O/S
John Southworth ?Oct, 2005 Lead RP
with Vicky Munn
with Vicky Munn
Dave Musgrove 2 Jun, 2005 Lead RP After several attempts over two trips! Brilliant.
with Nigel Baker
After several attempts over two trips! Brilliant.
with Nigel Baker
Kev Little ??, 2005 Lead RP
Hidden ?Sep, 2004 Lead dnf
Hidden ?Apr, 2004 Lead O/S
Hidden 4 Nov, 2003 Lead
Hidden ?May, 2003 TR O/S
skygodley 29 Mar, 2003 Lead O/S
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