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CLIMBER

Gabrielle No­brega

ROUTE

Tsampa Birra (5.12a)

LO­CA­TION

Plakias, Crete, Greece Dreamy beach­side lime­stone on a con­tin­u­ous 600-foot­long wall stacked with routes makes Plakias, a small town on the isle of Crete, a des­ti­na­tion sport area. Tsampa Birra fol­lows 15 bolts of jam­ming, lieback­ing, and dis­con­tin­u­ous cracks, of­fer­ing hol­i­day climbers a chance to hone their crack skills and en­joy the tech­ni­cal, ver­ti­cal ter­rain. When the pho­tog­ra­pher Jim Thorn­burg saw this rain­bow pop, he ran up a nearby 5.9 (he’d left a rope on the route), self-be­lay­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble to get into po­si­tion. “I was happy I got up in time for the most in­tense mo­ments of both the rain­bow and the climb,” he says. Most climbers stay at stu­dios a short walk from both the crag and the warm, clear wa­ters of the Mediter­ranean. With all of Plakias’s killer at­tributes, “It’s hard not to en­joy your­self here,” says No­brega.

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