Category Archives: Hiking

Symi:  ….. and now for something completely different.

Post upgraded to include all intended photos Dhafni Cave Initial discovery: Nicholas Shum Reconnaissance and set-up: Steve Waters and Barry Hankey Descent Team: Nicholas Shum, Barry Hankey, Ejaz Shinwarri Given that Symi, the ‘Hot Rock’, is made of limestone, there … Continue reading

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Symi:  ….. and now for something completely different.

Dhafni Cave Initial discovery: Nicholas Shum Reconnaissance and set-up: Steve Waters and Barry Hankey Descent Team: Nicholas Shum, Barry Hankey, Ejaz Shinwarri Given that Symi, the ‘Hot Rock’, is made of limestone, there are few caves in comparison to limestone … Continue reading

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Symi and Nisyros: Back to old-fashioned island hopping

People often ask which is my favourite Greek island.  Given that I spend more time on Symi than any other, the natural assumption is that the answer is self-evident.  But it’s more complicated than that. True, I love the walking … Continue reading

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Symi: back on the Hot Rock

Back on Symi.  Been here two weeks now. A bit trepidatious about the travel chaos expected at Manchester Airport so turned up 4 hours ahead of flight departure. No queue at all at check-in, shortest queue at security ever.  Waiting … Continue reading

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Symi: Autumn life

Back home in Grey Britain now.  Warmer than average for this time of year, cloud acting as insulating blanket kept temperatures up through much of November – but spirits down. Mostly between what mountaineers call ‘claggy’ and ‘very claggy’ – … Continue reading

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Nisyros: rambling through history

A week of trekking around Nisyros.  So much to see.  So many familiar places to revisit.  Such a warm welcome from so many people. What impressed us first when we arrived on a day trip from Tilos in 2001, and … Continue reading

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From the Hot Rock to The Hot Spot

After three weeks on the Hot Rock, I took advantage of a new ferry service and travelled to Nisyros for a week.  I have done this for a number of years but it has been hampered by the fact that … Continue reading

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In the groove

On the Hot Rock for just over two weeks and getting into the swing of things. Walking in the mountains every day, increasingly long distances, increasingly strenuous, interspersing occasional easier days to allow recovery before the next big hit.  My … Continue reading

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At last !!

After three failed attempts to return to Symi this year, I have finally made it. A cancelled flight in May because of the pandemic was followed by another at the beginning and then another at the end of June.  I … Continue reading

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Rambling through the grey and rising above it …… occasionally

I’ve written before on the psychology of time, about which I read initially in Thomas Mann’s book ‘The Magic Mountain’ when I was in the 6th form and more recently in Claudia Hammond’s ‘Time Warped’, published 2012, exactly 100 years … Continue reading

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