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Inshallah (8c+/5.14c) – Kalymnos

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Loukas Dourdourekas sends Inshallah (8c+/5.14c), Kalymnos – the first confirmed 8c+ route climbed by a Greek climber.

“I was trying the route in 2008,” says Dourdourekas, “but soon I realized that it was well above my limit. After a couple of months, my first
kid came into the world. Then we had a second child and [climbing] went at second priority, no more tries on it, no more time for climbing (the parents
can understand).

“In the meantime I built a small climbing gym in Kalymnos mostly for the local people to start climbing and also it was good for me to train a couple hours
per day.

“Since 2011 I focused more on bouldering and indoor training, I spent a lot of hours on training, and after a few years a lot of friends thought that
I will never go back on rope climbing.

“Time passed and my kids have grown, some locals started climbing, so it was a perfect time for me to go back on rope climbing and spend 6-8 hours per
day at the crags with some good friends. I started again from where I stopped…from ‘Inshallah’.”