Originally Kilian and I wanted to go to Croatia and Ticino this February. But sometimes plans do not work out... The weather made it impossible to go there therefore we booked a flight to Greece and two days later we were in Leonidio. Sitting on the terrace of our hosts Manja and Elias we were enjoying a homegrown and freshly squeezed orange juice. It ain't always bad if you have to change your original plans!
Kilian and I decided to go to Leonidio because we wanted to see something new, remote and charming. We found out that the climbing areas around Leonidio were fairly new and therefore we were curious to see its potential and to possibly bolt something ourselves.
We had a good time climbing in many different sectors with our friends from Berlin and we also got the chance to do some first ascents. I freed a route called "dutch cupcake" 7b+, in the sector "panorama", bolted by our friend Christian Wahle. Additionally I made the first ascent of the route which Kilian bolted and called it "ahoi", 8a. It is situated in a small sector very close to the road, is 25 meters long, climbs through a roof and onto a slab, on tufas and crimps - simply beautiful ;) .
The area I liked best was "la maison du chèvres" bolted by Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson. It is an amazing orange-red rock feature with a great view onto the river which runs through the valley. We spent a few days in this sector and on our last day Kilian managed to free the project called "capricorn", which he graded 9a.
All in all our climbing trip to Leonidio was great fun and I cannot wait to come back!