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3 Stars

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After a slightly artificial start (or step in from Spartacus), superb, steep blob-climbing leads to a step left where more testing moves are required before the things ease.


Well worth the original grade of 7b when climbed direct, although low in the grade, for the pump factor before the better holds slowly arrive.
DaveL - 01/Jun/03

Tough fingery boulder start, tufa pinching and pockets on the steep stuff then easy climbing to the top, a bit of everything on a brill route but definately 7b as originally graded.
DaveG - 22/Jun/03

Great route with 3 tricky sections (assuming the direct start is not wimpily bypassed.) 7b is not a soft grade for this one, and in line with the guide's other ratings.
Chris - 08/Oct/03

Gladiator is never 7b. I can't understand why people think it is. We did it in the rain with huge seepage streaks and it just isn't that hard, has good shakes and no real crux. Compared to any 7b in France and it is miles easier. I think this route is indicative of the holiday-grades that many routes on Kalymnos suffer from.
Alan James - UKC - 19/Oct/04

Good mid level 7b IMHO. Its the only route of 7b or less i failed to onsight on the island. Its harder than Alexis Zorbas, which i onsighted
Adam Lincoln - 20/Oct/04

It's a superb route (awfull start though)which I find hard to believe being 7b. Cause I climbed it on-sight. I gues a 6c+ or 7a is more like it.
Leine - 08/Mar/05

What's your problem Leine? 6c+???? Sober up, it's 7a+ or soft 7b. I'm fairly sure that Adam didn't try Fourtouna...
Enzo - 06/Apr/05

Soft 7b IMHO, but not 7a+. I guess you are just a hero Alan! ;o)
Ben Stokes - 22/May/05

Although in hindsight the top half is quite easy, so maybe Alan is right. Anyway, more importantly, the route is bloody superb; go do it!
Ben Stokes - 22/May/05

7a+ hmm maybe, but why worry about the grades, after a discussion with a french tourist "I come here for the routes not the grades." 3 * all the way
matt - 13/Jun/05

Definitly felt well 7b for an old boy like me. Best and hardest redpoint I've done on the island.
Dave Musgrove - 13/Jun/05

Sorry guys, but I was disappointed. The bouldery start was really polished and not enjoyable, and the climbing above didn't make up. IMHO.
simm2000 - 18/Jun/05

the start is not so difficult open your eyes and close the hold with fingers
Patrick - 10/Oct/05

dont think start is polished, just a bit tricky. also, there is a crux of sorts (after going left to a small tufa i think its the moves back right just before angle eases). as for grade i think 7b reasonable, certainly its a step up from 7a+. regardless the route is an absolute pleasure - get on it!
ksjs - 27/Sep/07

yes, very nice route; a must to try if you walk up to Spartacus sector
kay - 18/Oct/08

Really quality route, 3* for sure for me. Varied pumpy climbing on tufas blobs and pockets. The start is a bit out of character but isn't that bad, you could step in from the left if you really didn't like it. Felt easy 7b for me, definitely a notch up from 7a+.
Nick - 08/Jun/10

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