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Ascent of Óros Taigetos on 2011-04-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Óros Taigetos
    Location:Greece
    Elevation:2404 m / 7890 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This is a lovely peak especially on a fine Spring morning with snow on the ground. We had summitted the other Peloponnese Ultra Killini the previous day and this one (aka Profitis Ilias) was our 7th and final Ultra of our Easter trip.

To reach the trailhead, turn off the main highway at about N37.00810 E22.45102 and navigate to the lower trailhead at N36.96590 E22.38257, 988m (we used Satnav; Petter Bjorstad's report includes a good description). We arrived at night and attempted to drive the dirt road to the refuge. However, after a few hundred metres the road was blocked by a small landslide so we slept there in the car, prepared for a longer than expected hike the next morning. However in daylight we noted that a high clearance vehicle had driven though recently, and a few minutes with the ice axes levelled the soil sufficiently to enable our hire car to make it though. This was the only time we used the axes all week, although the crampons were needed a few times on the higher peaks, including this one. The road was pretty rough and we gave up about 1km before the refuge (NB, fork R at N36.95005 E22.38258), parking on a hairpin bend at N36.94763 E22.37520, 1400m.

From our improvised trailhead we hiked uphill at 07:40, initially along the dirt road, then taking the signposted trail which shortcuts the zigzags made by the road. In 20 mins we were at the refuge. It appeared to be closed but one or two folk had bivvied there; there appears to be a small open shelter; also some grassy areas.

The summit trail starts at N36.95020 E22.36710, 1575m, at a signpost - the route is pretty well marked by posts all the way up, initially through trees, then open slopes alive with mellifluous Woodlark song. This bird is found in the flat Brecklands of East Anglian near my UK home and it was strange to hear them here on the Greek mountains, were they are a common and very welcome feature. Higher up were several large snow patches, the snow quite hard in the early morning. The snow cover became continuous and we donned crampons for the final climb, up to a saddle (N36.95748 E22.35236, 2233m), then a graceful snow ridge led steeply NNE to the summit, which has the remains of a building, and a great view.

After a while, and the usual summit cookies, we headed down, reaching the car 4 hours after setting out.

The Peloponnese third most prominent summit (yet another Profitis Ilias) looked like it should be doable so we headed there next on our way back to Athens, to complete the 1-2-3.

Trip photos
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Elevation Loss:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Distance:7.9 km / 4.9 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Distance:3.9 km / 2.4 mi
    Route:from E via refuge
    Trailhead:Refuge approach road, 1400m  1399 m / 4593 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Distance:3.9 km / 2.4 mi
    Trailhead:Refuge approach road, 1400m  1399 m / 4593 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 35 Minutes



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