Photos: climbing and cruising the Mediterranean

Living on a boat while cruising the Med and going climbing and diving? It's OK to be jealous.
By Josh Sampiero

Photographer Krystle Wright has a penchant for wandering the world – and this time, it landed her on the Elements project. There, she joined four other talented ladies – divers, climbers and sailors – on a catamaran in the Mediterranean, where they would be searching for new climbing routes on coasts and islands. Scroll down for the gallery – and remember, there's no shame in saying “I wish I was there...”

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Lady with a gun
Francine searching around with her speargun.
Lady with a gun Somewhere off the coast of Sardinia, Francine Kreiss searches around the rocks with her speargun. © Krystle Wright
Jellyfish? Or...
Francine Kreiss showing her talent during a freedive.
Jellyfish? Or... Francine Kreiss showcases the unique talent that earned her the nickname 'Queen of the Bubbles' whilst laying on the seabed off the coast of Tavolara in Sardinia. © Krystle Wright
No tank, no problem
Francine Kreiss freedives in the deep water of island Tavolara
No tank, no problem Francine Kreiss freediving in the deep water off the island of Tavolara, off the northeast coast of Sardinia. © Krystle Wright
Tall Tavolara
Carole Rattaggi and Raphaële Charvet climbing the rocks on the island of Tavolara.
Tall Tavolara Just 5km long and 1km wide, the island reaches to almost 600m above sea level. Originally this 180m multipitch route was climbed in the 70s, though there has never been a female ascent of it until now. Carole Rattaggi belays as Raphaële Charvet leads the 6th pitch overlooking the island of Tavolara. © Krystle Wright
Climbing Capo Testa
Carole Rattaggi climbing the unique formations of Capo Testa.
Climbing Capo Testa Carole Rattaggi scaling the unique formations of Capo Testa in the north of Sardinia. Capo Testa offers hundreds of routes with sloper holds on solid granite. © Krystle Wright
Going from B to C...
Carole Rattaggi and Raphaële Charvet heading to explore the rocks.
Going from B to C... The method of sailing allowed access to rock climbing areas via the water. Carole Rattaggi and Raphaële Charvet head to shore in Corsica to explore rock climbing potential at Capo Feno. © Krystle Wright
Gearing up
Nathalie Ille and Laureen Kellerprepare for diving.
Gearing up Nathalie Ille (R) and Laureen Keller (L) prepare diving gear on board the Lagoon Catamaran off the west coast of Corsica. © Krystle Wright
Checking the charts
Nathalie Ille checking the charts.
Checking the charts It's not all done by GPS – Nathalie Ille checks the charts for navigation and distance to plan the sail ahead. © Krystle Wright
A bird's-eye view
Laureen Keller paddle boards the coastline.
A bird's-eye view This unique shot was taken from the 18.5m-high mast of the Lagoon 39. Laureen Keller paddle boards the unique red rock coastline of the natural reserve of Scandola, Corsica. © Krystle Wright
Rising to the light
Francine Kreiss freedives in the calm water of the east coast of Sardinia.
Rising to the light As a storm rages off the coast, Francine Kreiss freedives in the calm water beneath the surface with the guidance of a small light from a zodiac as darkness falls on the east coast of Sardinia. © Krystle Wright
Lead climbing the Luna
Raphaële Charvet belays Carole Rattaggi
Lead climbing the Luna Raphaële Charvet belays Carole Rattaggi as she leads an unknown pitch in Luna Valley, Capo Testa. There are no guide books for this area and Raphaële and Carole climbed with only local knowledge given to them. © Krystle Wright
C'est La Vie
Carole Rattaggi climbing a route 7b/c route.
C'est La Vie Excuse our French, but that's the name of the 7b/c at Biddiriscottai, Sardinia that Carole Rattaggi is working in this picture. © Krystle Wright
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