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Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 2, 2007 - 07:04pm PT
Detail from the cover of Dieter Hasse’s wonderful book,
Which chronicles much of the Meteora experience in northern Greece:




Detail of copper engraving by the monk, Parthenios of Meteora, circa 1782:
(from Hasse’s book)




Roussanou Monastery, with Holy Ghost group of rocks:
(photo Dieter Hasse)

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2007 - 07:05pm PT
The hosts,
Jane & Micha Klein:




The invite:




The map:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2007 - 07:07pm PT
Tarbuster, preflight to Athens Greece, with rope, rack, and no hat,
After pulling an all-night’er sewing portaledge rainflys and God only knows what else:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2007 - 07:09pm PT
First thing I did in Athens after securing my train ticket to Kalambaka was get up on a hill and have a Greek salad, they are so simple; but none stateside has since rivaled that bowl of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives and goat cheese.

Had some time to blitz to the Acropolis and its Parthenon:








Then on the way back down to the train, on foot, I got lost. Just me and my one day pack running downhill in my cowboy boots through various town squares, (they all look alike of course) gunning for the train station.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2007 - 07:10pm PT
It's pretty simple to get to Meteora from Athens. Jane gave me explicit instructions and she's good at this stuff, by age 19 she had traveled solo through the Orient. Between Athens and Kalambaka I just had to make one transfer.

Once on the train, I met a nice Greek fellow traveling with his wife. He was most hospitable (to me) and provided key information about the upcoming train switch. Until then he told jokes: “I have three children, two goats, a goldfish and a wife, haha.” His wife would doze off occasionally, and he would take the burning ember of his cigarette tip and place it close to the skin of the back of her hand. I didn't think it was funny, but he did, and she displayed not a sign of care, other than batting him off like a fly.

A Greek Orthodox priest walked by and my man waved him in to our berth, lit up a second smoke for the priest, handed it to the clergyman and by their tone I can say they engaged in jovial and rather pedestrian conversation. Shortly after the priest departed and when the man was done eating his brown bag dinner, he tossed his empty wrappers out through the nearest train window.

The train slowed down, and with no announcement whatsoever by the conductor or over any sort of PA system, my traveling partner insisted I leave the train and follow him across the tracks to catch the proper train to Kalambaka. He got off with his wife, I followed them, he told me where to stand, seemingly just by the side of the tracks, not at any kind of station, and they left, and I waited a bit and shortly my train came!

Once on the connecting train I met three young women; their names were Elini, Bettina, and Goodrun. (phonetic spelling). Elini was Greek, educated in Germany, along with the two German girls. Ironically, even though Elini was Greek and knew her home country well, they had missed the switch and had ridden the initial train in the wrong direction for five hours. It turns out they also were heading to Meteora to watch the sunrise from the top of the rocks and asked if I would like to join them.

Um, I said yes...
426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Nov 2, 2007 - 07:11pm PT
Been wanting to go new school (Kalymnos)...keep em coming, cowroy
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Nov 2, 2007 - 08:02pm PT
Great tour Roy!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 2, 2007 - 08:18pm PT
and then what happened?

/munge says waiting expectantly with grin on his face...
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Nov 2, 2007 - 09:31pm PT
Huzzah, a good romantic tale of watching the rising sun on a Friday night drinking at home alone!

I will share with you that I have just helped a college girl I have never met get up the nerve to text a guy she wanted to see tonight for a bit of a romp. She did as I advised using the same language I wrote and got the intended response instantly.

The internet forum is truly magical.
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Nov 2, 2007 - 10:59pm PT
C'mon, Tarbaby, give up the rest of the story. But take your own sweet time, nonetheless.

-ExpectantJello
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Nov 2, 2007 - 11:45pm PT
He'll finish the story. Don't you worry. Tarvision aint blurry.
yo

climber
The Eye of the Snail
Nov 3, 2007 - 12:12am PT
hahaha yeah, what an opener!!

This thread's already a classic.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 02:54am PT
Several hours before sunrise, in the darkness, the three young women and I departed the train at Kalambaka. Not so far along we would find Kastraki nestled amongst the towers of Meteora proper. Now, whether we walked or sought transport, I cannot say, can I be blamed? Either way our conversations carried us upward along a paved mountain road through smoky vineyards until we reached a point where the stars above became blotted out by large rectangular patches of blackness. Yes! My first impression of the towers, with their unrevealed bulks impressing such a sense of possibility upon our star punctured ceiling.

Kastraki lay asleep as we passed through the little hamlet and continued on towards the summit of Meteora itself; meandering now up the steeper road, we became aware of just a few occasional small squares of candlelight set high into the sides of the cliffs. These solitary morning sign marked the waking vigil of the cloistered monks, performing their various ablutions, incantations, and readings. Soon the rising sun illuminated on either side of our path the numerous orange Pixari blooms floating the trees.


(photo Dieter Hasse)
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 02:58am PT
With a bit of walking yet to go, a short time following sunrise we reached a pedestal just beneath one of the higher Cloisters.
(I don't know for sure what someone's body language was all about).




Some of the monasteries are known to be open for tour and were quite grand, while others seemed less formally arranged and equally inviting:




The settings afforded by various porches and overlooks were quite relaxing:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 03:03am PT
We do not know when the first monk came to lead an acetic life in one of the remote Meteora caves. According to Theotekni, a nun, written records about the monks at Meteora date back to the 11th century. Most monasteries were founded during the second half of the 14th century, when the Serbs ruled Thessaly. (From Hasse’s Meteora)

Some are merely caves, blocked off with external walls, and there is much evidence indicating monks were well acclimated to the precipitous environment:







Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 03:03am PT




Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 3, 2007 - 03:07am PT
all hot an bothered...
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 03:15am PT
Well ya Munge, maybe.
I mean to say, it is a romantic place.
It was nice to linger.





mack

Trad climber
vermont
Nov 3, 2007 - 07:49am PT
Totally sweet...and then?
mack

Trad climber
vermont
Nov 3, 2007 - 07:50am PT
I sure hope there's some climbing in the next edition.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 11:23am PT
While the monasteries provided for a fascinating day of exploration, it was time for us all to return down the hill to Kastraki,
Which in its own way, is a dream town for the rock climber:


(photo of Kastraki, Dieder Hasse)


The three women accompanied me to the center of town, where we found my hosts Jane & Mike hard at work,
Culling aspirants for their local rockclimbing adventures:







I bid adieu to my lovely touring partners and Elini, having throughout the day shared some furtive & subtle non verbal communique,
She sealed that notion with a farewell kiss ...sent to my neck.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 12:10pm PT
Not so early the next morning, Jane & Micha went to work.
They are a super fun pair and have a great sense of humor:




My first partner was this fellow Peter from Austria,
Seen here with his wife & kids before we headed out on foot:




We climbed a fun tower called Pyramid via a 4 pitch 5.8 arete:


(photo Hasse)
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 12:20pm PT
On my second day I hooked up with a European guy named Fred to climb The Holy Ghost.
The Pillar of Dreams is the classic line and climbs like a Tuolumne adventure,
Beset with firm knobs and steep slabs and graced with a bulgy OW crux at mid height:




In this Dieter Hasse photo below, you can perhaps make out two parties,
Both in red, one at 1/3 height and one at 1/2 height:
(Jane later accomplished the first free of solo the 9+ route)




The climbing surface is of a conglomerate type, with large cobbles essential to upward progress.
Most all of the routes were put in ground up using ring bolts.
Healthy run outs abound.


(photo Hasse)
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 12:54pm PT
While the Pillar of Dreams is a five or six pitch route,
It is moderate and an excellent mid-level introduction to the style of climbing one encounters at Meteora.
I hooked up later that afternoon with another fellow, Basti, to climb the Corner of Madness, also on the Holy Ghost:




The Corner of Madness begins as an excellent crack climb in a corner.
The climbing proceeds upward along a superb 10+ jam/lay back diehedral and is crowned with a thrilling 10- headwall finish.


(photo Micha Klein)


(photo of Basti & Tarbaby by Micha Klein)




(photo Hasse)
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 3, 2007 - 01:32pm PT
Another fine thread, wandering open-eyed.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 01:34pm PT
Thanks Larry, glad you could make it!
The amenities in Kastraki provide for a most hospitable stay:




Jane, Basti & Kai, enjoying a post climb reverie:




(photo Hasse)
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 01:41pm PT
I was still a bit jet lagged, a couple days of power lounging ensued,
Along with a bit of smartly indulgent R&R by the pool:







Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 01:48pm PT
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 02:12pm PT
Many if not most of the good lines in Meteora were established by Deider Hasse.
His was an impeccable style, always bold and ground up, and imparted with aesthetic vision.

My time here was laced with a sense of possibility and of freshness.
In the early 90s, Meteora, although well rigged with established classics, still had an aura of naivety.

One of the routes that had been high on Jane's list was the Kastraki Tower.
This route took a stunning line, vertical and sometimes overhanging, up the central chimney and offwidth system.






This was quite a fantastic line to encounter.
The first pitch was an overhanging flared chimney, requiring broad 5.10 stemming between stalactites and sandy walls.
(As I arrived shod only in cowboy boots, I picked up the spiffy green approach shoes down in Kalambaka)




The crux 3rd/4th pitch was a purported 10+ OW, which went in a pretty straightforward manner.
Aside from the crux section, that pitch is primarily a squeeze slot, with some good exposure.

mack

Trad climber
vermont
Nov 3, 2007 - 02:49pm PT
Very cool! This is on my ever expanding climbing destination list.
Mack
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Nov 3, 2007 - 03:55pm PT
Very Nice!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 3, 2007 - 04:08pm PT
Tarbuster's threads are always convey much more than the climbing, that's one thing that makes them fun to follow.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 04:23pm PT
Jane & Micha are the most wonderfull hosts: they posess and share such an awesome sense of humor and good fun!
This is the rig they drove down from Germany, known affectionately as The Terminator:





F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
e350
Nov 3, 2007 - 05:28pm PT

Nice TR as usual

Must have been a great time
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 05:31pm PT
The time of my life!
"Git' yer biscuits in that gravy while it's hot"
-Hud
divad

Trad climber
wmass
Nov 3, 2007 - 05:42pm PT
Thanks for a great TR. The climbing looks awesome, as does hanging by the pool.
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Nov 3, 2007 - 05:42pm PT
Cool Tarbuster. We are going back to Greece next year. Thanks to this post, Meteora is a definate.

BTW the Greeks are notoriously lax when it comes to safety. How is the fixed protection in Meteora? Is the gear in good shape or old and manky? I did not read the details of this post, but I assume it is trad and sport from the looks of that corner you are climbing.

Thanks

Jude
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 05:59pm PT
Jude,

In many ways it is an area overlayed with a rich German climbing heritage.
Dieder Hasse was extremely prolific & strictly trad (probably still at it); Heinz Zak did some stellar routes.
I hear sportclimbing has since settled in and there would be some good ones if this is so.
All the towers/routes have Greek, German, and English nomenclature.
Aghion Pnewma = Heiliger Geist = Holy Ghost
Germans put in many of the bolts and they were, 15/20 yeras ago, very beefy ring bolts.
That's what I know.

Happy Cobbling!
Roy
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 06:16pm PT
That said, from Dieter Hasse's METEORA:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 06:22pm PT
It is an honor & a pleasure Matt,
Thanks for coming to the party!


(photo Dieder Hasse)
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Nov 3, 2007 - 09:50pm PT
Man, this is a good thread. Your pals Jane and Mike look like super cool folks. I hope they are both still kicking about together. The Devo album cover is priceless. I remember that one very well.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Nov 3, 2007 - 09:55pm PT
Wow.

Really nice Roy. I've wanted to go there ever since I've seen photos of the area, but now it's on!
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 10:51pm PT
Stich,
Just went to a house warming party for Jane & Micha last night, here in Boulder.

Here they are back in their little Kastraki home, which they still own!
In years to come, we'll do it again.




The towers in view from their porch walk:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 10:55pm PT
The surrounding Kastraki neighborhood:





Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2007 - 11:05pm PT


murcy

climber
San Fran Cisco
Nov 3, 2007 - 11:14pm PT
tarbuster for tsar!!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 4, 2007 - 12:45am PT
i'm satiated, for now, soon to be desirous of cobbles in the not to distant future. Good thing for Pinnacles.

Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Nov 4, 2007 - 11:44am PT
Wonderful pictures and story, Roy.
Now, I really want to go there,too.
Europe alone has enough interesting mountains and crags for a lifetime.
Rick
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 4, 2007 - 12:12pm PT
Rich adventures + keeping longterm friends, signs of life lived well.

I've totally got into your habit of taking pictures at tables. Wish I'd started that 40 years back!
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Nov 4, 2007 - 04:09pm PT
Tarbuster,

Very nice! A dream really. Greek Godesses, mythical awe inspiring towers to climb, history, a repreve from Bushland with nice Mediterranians. What more could anyone ask?

I've never been to Greece, I should go with my family sometime, that is if I not on the the no-fly list. Who knows? I haven't flown in a while.
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Nov 4, 2007 - 06:53pm PT
Roy, tell your friends I think they are way cool and loved seeing their pictures of life in Greece.
FeelioBabar

climber
Sneaking up behind you...
Nov 4, 2007 - 08:12pm PT
Great stuff! Keep it coming!
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 4, 2007 - 09:31pm PT
This is The Sourlotis, seen from Kastraki:
( A tour de force Heinz Zak route, Thessaly Sound Barrier, is straight in view, right of center)




So the next good route and entertainment we sought, South Face of Sourlotis, Line of the Falling Drop,
The route followas a brilliant line of steep slabs, progressing on wonderful knobs & cobbles:
(climbers top center)


(photo Dieder Hasse)


Tarbuster, lashed in and cobbled up:




Casual cobble walking & 5.10 slab climbing at its best:


(photo Dieder Hasse)
Prod

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Nov 5, 2007 - 02:06pm PT
Bump.

How did I miss this gem?

Tar,

Do you still keep in touch with Jane?

Prod.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2007 - 02:14pm PT
Yes I do Prod,
At the end of most every work week, they host "Friday Night Follies" at their pad, which consists of loud music, beer, wine, martinis, grilling, dancing...
handsome B

Gym climber
SL,UT
Nov 5, 2007 - 02:21pm PT
Yowza! What a great tour, thanks!
Prod

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Nov 5, 2007 - 03:02pm PT
They live in Boulder now?

Prod.
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Nov 5, 2007 - 03:28pm PT
Inspiring!
s_mestdagh

Trad climber
Between Boulder & Crestone, CO
Nov 5, 2007 - 10:18pm PT
Hah! This Dieder Hasse photo looked very familiar so I called my wife, Mia over. I asked who is that? She said Bärbel Schmidt. Bärbel hooked up with my wife when my wife was growing up in Berchtesgaden and learning to climb. Anyway Bärbel is still around. She is in her late 60s now - living in Bad Reichenhall, still hiking and climbing!
Mia emailed a link to this page over to her. She won't understand everything of this thread but she'll enjoy seeing herself on the internet.

Tarbuster, thanks for the great post and pictures!
paganmonkeyboy

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Nov 5, 2007 - 10:33pm PT
totally sweet (as usual) tarbuster ! add another place to the dream ticklist for sure...
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2007 - 11:32pm PT
s_mestdagh!
How fun that you identified the woman in Dieder Hasse's photo.
Hasse really captures the Meteora Experience and his productivity there would seem unsurpassed.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2007 - 12:08am PT
Kastraki abounds in hospitality and the Taverna (bar) was a popular haunt:




These guys cooked many of our meals, on the right is young Vangelis.
When it came time to go, I left him my rope and I've since heard he became quite the climber:




French guy on the left and one of my partners Martin, from Vienna on the right:



The French guy was, among other things, a freelance tandem para glider pilot.

He had promised Jane a ride up with him so when that day came, Micha and I found ourselves helping him to secure the craft’s “wings” to the ground, by placing golf ball sized pebbles onto the fabric to keep the thing from getting drug away in the winds.

As we were instructed to hurriedly lay out the pebbles, busily trapping the billowing nylon and keeping it from prematurely being drug over a cliff, we glanced sideways at each other, no words needed; we thought this scheme was nuts and we alternately glanced over at Jane, who seemed nonplussed and firmly intent on seeing this thing happen.

The two of them got all strapped in and I don’t know what happened with all the rocks, but they caught the wind and were out of there, over the edge they went and quickly spiraled up over our heads. Seemingly within an instant Frenchie & Jane must have been several hundred feet above, but we could tell she was having the time of her life, transfixed and awestruck; she just hung from the harness like a rag doll, staring down in wonderment.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2007 - 12:17am PT
When guys go out for a day on the cobbles, it’s good if they don’t take themselves too seriously!
(As long as they don’t rattle off the holds from laughing at one another).




On this particular day, we climbed a most enthralling chimney line on Archimedes:




The position was spectacular. In order to start the climb you scramble into the bowels of the rock about half a rope length and then begin making upward progress out towards the sky above a bombay flair:


(photo Dieder Hasse)
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2007 - 12:32am PT
For my last climb in Meteora, Jane and I made an ascent of a route called Drop of the Vulture. This was a superb three pitch route. The first pitch was much like a Tuolumne Meadows slab: the rock was flint hard and the cobbles were very small, which makes them more secure.

While the technical crux may have been the slab climbing below, what clings to my memory most is the upper head wall pitch, a dead vertical section of climbing up through a large chute, progressing on football and watermelon size cobbles. These features had to be stemmed and this activity gave a precarious feeling similar to that of ice climbing, because the holds themselves put the body so far out from the rock.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2007 - 12:45am PT
A few more splendid Dieder Hasse images for the road:





Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2007 - 12:48am PT
Jane, Micha, & Roy,
Signing off from Griechenland!
(yes prod, they now live in Boulder with their son Johan)




(photo Dieder Hasse)




Bye Bye.

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 6, 2007 - 12:50am PT
Thank you for cobbling together an excellent TR!
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2007 - 02:55pm PT
Shameless, narcissistic, self-promoting *bump*
Anyone else been to Metora?
Post up; I'd love to see more climbing shots.

Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 8, 2007 - 04:21pm PT
Couple of quick shots from a trip in April 06...


View from Doupiani


East Ridge of Doupiani


Crux of ER of Doupiani. 5.10a-ish move, but, easily A0-able if need be.

Crazy rock. Reminded me of a more lower angle version of Maple Canyon, with sparse pro bolts but less chossy.

We had a great trip there, somewhat plagued by rain, but, made for great monastery touring. Our trip coincided with Easter. We attended church services the night prior, which was pretty cool, in a super old church nearby our hotel.

Great pictures you've posted!

-Brian in SLC
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 8, 2007 - 04:27pm PT
Never been there, I've nothing to add, except it's been fun following your slides and stories.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2007 - 04:39pm PT
Thanks Chiloe, Anders & everyone -glad you enjoyed the obscure tour.

Hey that's cool Brian!
The rock is sandstone and varies from near dirt to really clean and solid, mostly somewhere in between...
The Doupiani: I haven't read the word for quite some time, cheers & thanks for the shots!

Roy
goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Nov 8, 2007 - 07:11pm PT
We'll call this one, "Still Life of Five Boobs".



healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 8, 2007 - 07:31pm PT
Interesting stuff Tar. Always wondered what that rock was like close up - it's not what I expected at all. Looks like it would make for some real cheesegrater falls on the lower angle stuff.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2007 - 07:47pm PT
Yes Healyje, like a coarse limestone embedded with myriad protruding granite river stones.
It could grate on the boobs for sure!
Ezra

Trad climber
WA, NC
Nov 8, 2007 - 08:03pm PT
Great Stories and Pics Tar, Thank you much!
yo

climber
The Eye of the Snail
Nov 8, 2007 - 08:12pm PT
To the gelateria!
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2007 - 12:59am PT
bump for Anastasia.
Where you been girl?
Your like totally one of the only Greek types I know of on the forum, yo.
Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Nov 11, 2007 - 01:26am PT
Tarbuster!
Thank you for waking me up, I was hibernating...
This thread is making me homesick!
I will post up some pics tomorrow.
Now I am full of thoughts of Neils and Kit who are as much part of Greece as I am.
(Nase kala!)
AF




Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2007 - 01:41am PT
Most excellent Ana!
I look forward to the enjoyment of that which you have to share (pearls).
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Nov 11, 2007 - 09:44am PT
WOW I can't believe I missed this awesome thread.

Thanks Roy for sharing,that went well with my morning coffee.
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Nov 11, 2007 - 02:32pm PT
Roy,
I think you should have stuck with that sporty little porkpie model you wore in Greece, rather than the trademark Stetson. Never too late for some rebranding.
Rick
Kleinhaus

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 15, 2007 - 10:01pm PT
Tarbabe, and all friends of Cowboy Roy,

Jane here. A huge thanks to Cowboy for threading this superb tale together. So captures the place and time.

Any friend of The Cowboy is a friend of ours so please swing by when you are in Boulder, Roy can help you find us. It would be such a pleasure to meet you.

Ine orea! (it's beautiful) Cheers, Jane & Micha Klein
Domingo

Trad climber
El Portal, CA
Apr 19, 2009 - 11:45am PT
bump
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
above the play park
Apr 19, 2009 - 12:26pm PT
Thanks for bumping this one Domingo....slipped by me the first time-on my birthday, apparently.

Thanks Roy!
Ezra

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
Apr 19, 2009 - 04:01pm PT
What an amazing thread by one of the Tacos most amazing posters, wishing Tarbaby well on his big party/ fundraiser!
all in jim

climber
Jan 25, 2011 - 01:34pm PT
This thread is so incredible, brings me back every time. Here are some shots from a trip in 2009.
Credit: all in jim
Credit: all in jim
Credit: all in jim

fgw

climber
portland, or
Mar 20, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
A GREAT thread and an amazing climbing area.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 04:51am PT
bump!
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Apr 10, 2013 - 07:07am PT
rad report roy.

i hadda one of my own meteora experiences,
though one in a different bottle...

...i knew that god was in a wiley mood when,

that morning i was half a pitch into my day,
the clock was still limping thru the 7 oclock hour.

im at sugarloaf, climbing pony express,
which at this hour is tucked cool into the moring shade
behind the mountain.

suddenly my dawn light
explodes into bright warmth,
like someone gathered sunlight in a mirror
and showered me with it.

so i look back over my shoulder, what-the-f*#k like,

i see an orange blazing ball about the size of a quater
slice the sky wide open.

sweet, im showered now and i have one less duty
before bed.

a minute or so later,
one thunderous boom of a magnitude i've never before heard
ignites my dormant ears
and the mountain shakes in excitement,
i contemplate mid move

"should go down and check if the world is
ending?"
but i figure the end of the world can
wait till i finish my two pitches.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:47am PT
such a great thread...









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right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2013 - 10:38am PT
Wow Ed: excellent photographs of my hosts for the Meteora dream vacation!
Thanks Much,
Roy
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