Ascent of Ipsizonos Oros on 2016-06-23

Climber: Andy Martin

Date:Thursday, June 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ipsizonos Oros
    Elevation:1164 m / 3822 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Rob's report was quite useful.

We parked at the sharp curve on the access road:

This is beyond the sign mentioning Military Dogs. Our party consisted of two members, which we will denote "hero" and "coward" for the sake of clarity. The hero exited the vehicle, walked up the road to a locked gate, and discovered a good use route descending steeply down and around the fence. The hero then returned to the vehicle and gave their report. The coward, noting the absence of Military Dog tooth marks on the hero, decided to exit the vehicle, and we proceeded on the use route to Rob's trig pillar. The first few feet of descent are steep and loose. Then the route traverses and climbs to the trig, which was 1161.6 m. and 7 m. accuracy by my GPS. This matches well with the Russian map 1164,6 m.

With a sight level we could see a mast through the trees, and the trig point was higher than the base of the mast. A sturdy fence prevented exploration into the trees to the NW, and we returned to our vehicle.

Our hero prepared for a quick exit but in a shocking turn of events the coward suggested walking up to the top of the ridge above the vehicle. After a moments hesitation our hero said "after you". The ridge top was gained, and followed SE to its highest point - not far from a building - a 1 foot high fin of rock. This fin was tagged and our party beat a hasty retreat. No trig pillar was seen on this ridge. Note that this fin is also higher than the base of the mast.

In any case we can claim two local high points outside the sturdy fence. It is possible (but unlikely) that a higher natural point is hidden by trees inside the fence.
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