Ascent of Profitis Ilias on 2011-04-17

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
Yiannis Tridimas
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Profitis Ilias
    Elevation:997 m / 3271 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A better name is Oros Petalon: Profitis Ilias is a common / generic summit name in Greece.

This was the first summit of our Easter week in Greece, tough at times ( Liakoura/Parnassos ! ), including 22 summits of which 21 were P600m and 7 were Ultras.

Andros is the original home of Liverpool-based hillrunning friend Yiannis Tridimas - veteran of many impressive long distance challenges. He had mentioned that he and Kath would be on the island and would we like to visit. Andrew was up for an Island highpoint so this was a good place to start our bagging trip. We flew into ATH Saturday afternoon, parked up at Rafina, bought a ticket and caught the 17:30 ferry; Yiannis met us at Gavrion and drove us via the narrow mountain road to his smallholding. Kath is a big fan of traditional Greek food and we ate well :-)

Sunday morning Yiannis took us on a tour of his island HP. We started at N37.86913 E24.88916, 730m, road/track junction. Thick mist, crossed gorsy heathland on a GPS bearing, soon found a path (mostly continuous), passing a trig pillar (N37.85910 E24.86979, 947m), arrived at summit in under an hour: rock outcrop next to trig pillar (N37.85147 E24.86041, 1001m GPSr). Continued SW along ridge, scrambling up several contenders for the title of centre summit, a likely candidate being a tor/outcrop at N37.84465 E24.85122, 986m (GPSr). Carried on SW, crossing a stony saddle, following path to SW top, called Kovara, N37.83758 E24.83237, 1001m (map elevation 990m, P65m). Kovara summit is a very large mound/cairn with a stonebuilt shelter / shrine adjacent. The shelter has a trig pillar standing on the roof, plus no less than 3 and a half toppled trigs. For good measure, we found a 4th trig pilllar (N37.85751 E24.86644, 975m GPSr) on the way back. Well I guess the Greeks did invent trigonometry!

We drove down a liitle way out of the cloud for a view before enjoying Kath's picnic, then headed back to Gavrion where we whiled away an hour or so drinking sweet Greek coffee and swapping gossip with Yiannis before catching the ferry back to the mainland.

We then made an evening ascent of Pendeli Oros

Trip photos
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:467 m / 1532 ft
    Elevation Loss:467 m / 1532 ft
    Distance:6 km / 3.7 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:268 m / 876 ft
    Distance:3 km / 1.9 mi
    Route:NE ridge
    Trailhead:road pass NE of summit  729 m / 2395 ft
    Time Up:0 Hours 53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:467 m / 1532 ft
    Extra Gain:199 m / 656 ft
    Distance:3 km / 1.9 mi
    Route:NE ridge
    Trailhead:road pass NE of summit  729 m / 2395 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 22 Minutes

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