Ascent of Psili Korifi on 2011-04-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Psili Korifi
    Elevation:1588 m / 5213 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After a very nice early-morning ascent of the Lefkada island HP Lefkas / Stavrota we crossed the short bridge back to the mainland and found our way to the Korifi trailhead. As Petter Bjorstad mentions in his report, find your way to the SW corner of a football ground (N38.84736 E20.94492), turn R and follow the paved road (look out for a road that turns L across the mountainside). We parked outside the monastery at N38.78347 E20.98416, 1051m.

From the trailhead a wide track zigzags uphill (ignore the L (downhill) fork), to a flat area (water trough) in scrubby woodland (N38.77886 E20.98799). From here, make a leftward uphill traverse. We crossed the ridge at N38.77515 E20.98983, then contoured to cross a minor saddle (N38.76749 E20.99146, 1420m). The route (path) now descends a little, crossing rough scrubby pasture (we saw cattle and heard dogs but luckily didn't meet any). The route then rises a little to cross another saddle (N38.76453 E20.99096, 1403m). From here we skirted L of the next top but it is best to go straight over (cairn, N38.76312 E20.99094, 1474m). From here a broad ridge undulates over a few minor summits to finally reach Korifi (N38.75810 E20.99441, 1583m), marked by a toppled trig pillar which makes a nice seat and a great viewpoint. From here the nearby Boumoti, 1573m P808, is only a few metres lower than Korifi and looks very fine, as do several nearby island summits including the one we were on this morning.

We made our way back down in warm sunshine, arriving back with plenty of time for a leisurely drive (but not for another summit) south across the impressive Rion-Antiri bridge to Patra for the 8pm ferry to Kefalonia, planning to ascend Óros Aínos and the island's two other prominent summits the next day.

Trip photos
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:601 m / 1978 ft
    Elevation Loss:601 m / 1978 ft
    Distance:7.9 km / 4.9 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:587 m / 1929 ft
    Extra Loss:49 m / 164 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Route:from NW
    Trailhead:Monastery NW of summit  1050 m / 3448 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:552 m / 1814 ft
    Extra Gain:14 m / 49 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Trailhead:Monastery NW of summit  1050 m / 3448 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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