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Nicolas Favresse during the first ascent of Inshallah 8c+, Kalymnos
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Kalymnos: Nicolas Favresse greets Inshallah 8c/8c+

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Nicolas Favresse has made the first ascsent of Inshallah 8c/8c+ in the North Cape sector, Kalymnos, Greece.

Nicolas Favresse continues to forage new lines in Kalymnos. Fresh from his spate of new big walls in Pakistan's Charakusa Valley, the Belgian travelled to the Greek island to free Inshallah 8c/8c+. The new route is a powerful roof traverse through the first cave in the North Cape sector and is Favresse's second 8c+ on Kalymnos this year: in May he freed Gora gu ta gutarrak in the Odyseey sector, repeated by Steve McClure a month ago. Although not entirely sure about the grade (this awaits confirmation), Nicolas commented:  "I'm really happy about this new route. Not just for the difficulty, but because it's an incredible climb. The line, the moves, the location, the rock...it's one of the best sport climbs I have ever done."

Inshallah, Gora gu ta gutarrak and Titantrope (Dave Graham 10/2006) are currently the hardest routes on Kalymnos which, since its discovery in 1997 by Andrea di Bari, has slowly but surely become one of the world's top climbing destinations.


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