Ascent of Sidherotas on 2012-04-01
|Others in Party:||Andrew Tibbetts|
|Date:||Sunday, April 1, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1175 m / 3855 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportWe climbed Sidherotas after our morning ascent of Kedhros. It is an easy climb via a wind farm road from the village of Vryses: leave the main highway at N35.169726 E24.575809 then turn immediately L towards the village, negotiate the one-way system and find a R turn at N35.159529 E24.586744 onto an unpaved road. We drove this to N35.15906 E24.58033, 731m: above that point it is rather rutted and was not passable in our rather low clearance Toyota Auris.
As we prepared for our climb we saw a few walkers descending. These were the only walkers we saw during our 11-summit week! We followed the zigzag road up to a fork at N35.15204 E24.57399, 1125m. Viewing Sidherotas from our Kedhros climb we had expected the rocky east peak to be the summit, but the GPS waypoint indicated west so we headed there first, via the unpaved road. The west summit is a stony grassy knoll (N35.15290 E24.56805, 1173m, horizontal accuracy 2m) next to a wind generator. We were in cloud but there were a few partial clearances and it was evident there is nothing higher to the west. A brief view of the eastern peak suggested that this is a similar elevation. We followed the road back to the fork, GPS'd the nearby saddle (N35.15200 E24.57429, 1122m, horizontal accuracy 2m) then headed for the east summit, easily ascended by steps leading the the summit (N35.15010 E24.57535, horizontal accuracy) marked by a shrine and a rock outcrop, with a triangulation pillar slightly lower. There is a bell on the shrine roof, but the climb to reach it was beyond our skills, so no bell ringing today. The GPS elevation was 1175m on arrival, reducing 1170m over about 10 minutes. We waited a while for a view: there was one unsatisfactory partial clearance which seemed to suggest we were lower than the west top but my advice is to visit both (the east top with its shrine is presumably the one most people visit). The lower of the two summits has approx 50m prominence
We returned to the car and drove west ready for tomorrow's Pachnes ascent, calling in to look at the castle at Frangokastello then enjoying a nice meal at Hora Sfakias.
Sidherotas photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||445 m / 1457 ft|
| Distance:||7.2 km / 4.5 mi|
| Route:||wind farm road|
| Trailhead:||above Vryses 730 m / 2398 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds|
| Time Up:||1 Hours |
| Time Down:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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