Zobolo multi-pitch adventuring

The left hand side of the crag – the imaginatively named “West Zobolo” reaches a height of around 150m and is home to 5 multi-pitch routes. Today’s combination of lighter winds and clearer skies encouraged us to attempt the righthand of these: Kipouros, a 5-pitch 6a+ which skirts the right of the grey wall at the highest point of the crag (there’s nothing up the imposing orange tower beneath the summit – looks awesome!)

The first pitch looks a bit unpromising, up a somewhat vegetated groove

But things soon improve with the 30m crux pitch which we ran together with pitch 3 for a sustained 55m of fun.

Here’s Helen setting off on pitch 4, which has a handily photo-friendly traverse to start.

… and pitch 5 is probably the best of the bunch: steady 6a climbing up a slabby wall of prickly grey rock. Up and down in about 3:30hrs – not too shabby.

The day had really perked up by now and Helen was kind enough to indulge me with a belay on the other 🎶 route: Melomono Kotsi, 6c. This is another absolute belter – plenty of juggy pulls interspersed with good rests and another contender for route of the trip.

Time to break out the deckchairs to soak up the last of the rays with a well-earned brew.

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