Ascent of Kutsotripis on 2012-04-05
|Others in Party:||Andrew Tibbetts ----Only Party on Mountain|
|Date:||Thursday, April 5, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1079 m / 3543 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportKutsotripis was the last of our 11 Cretan P600s, an easy afternoon ascent after our rather arduous windy wintry ascent of Psiloritis that morning.
From the village of Kampos Doxaroy, a paved road leads north to a saddle at N35.36969 E24.84294, 493m with a taverna and ample parking. From here a gated unpaved road leads to the summit, marked with a cylindrical triangulation pillar (N35.37422 E24.82303, 1077m, horizontal accuracy 3m) and a rock a couple of metres away of approx equal elevation.
When we arrived the gate was open but as we prepared to hike, a windfarm worker drove down and padlocked the gate, bearing out our suspicion that it wouldn't be a good idea to drive up.
It was a hot afternoon (none of the fierce wind we'd suffered on Psiloritis - just a slight breeze) and we made a steady 1h15 ascent. The views of the Psiloritis range are excellent; we could just see Dikti through the haze but no sign of Pachnes.
We then made the short drive to Giza and found a hotel for the night. It was owned by the Thompsons company (package holidays) and they weren't used to passing trade, but 50 euros for a twin room suited us fine, with a decent restaurant next door. It was good to clean up and relax before flying back to the UK, after our successful "clean sweep" of Crete's twelve P600m summits - a varied and enjoyable set. In summer / autumn conditions the "full set" would be fairly easy to complete in a week: the snow made it a bit more of a challenge - but enhanced the scenery.
Kutsotripis photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||595 m / 1958 ft|
| Extra Gain:||4 m / 16 ft|
| Distance:||8 km / 5 mi|
| Route:||wind farm access road|
| Trailhead:||pass above Kampos Doxaroy 492 m / 1617 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time Down:||40 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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