Ascent of Óros Dírfis on 2011-04-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Óros Dírfis
    Elevation:5719 ft / 1743 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived late evening having summited Pendeli Oros late afternoon. In darkness and thick mist we were unable to find the turnoff and parked nearby and slept in the car. It was a wet and windy night. Next morning in daylight we found the turnoff just where expected, at N38.59763 E23.86851, 995m, where a dirt road turns north off the main road close to the top of the road pass. The dirt road was a little rough (in poor weather) but OK in a normal passenger car. It leads in 2km to a refuge (closed and locked) at N38.60974 E23.86066, 1118m. Beyond this point the road was covered in slushy snow and we quickly gave up any idea of driving any further. From here (the trailhead) the route leads NNW, reaching a saddle in 1.5km. Here the track curves R but a good trail heads NW up the ridge, marked with paint and small posts. In poor visibility we somehow lost the trail, going a little too far R. We headed up a broad gully then straight up steep grassy / rocky slopes, finally emerging onto the rocky ridge a short distance below the summit. The area is rocky, was covered in deep fresh snow with more falling, driven by a fairly strong wind. We followed the GPS pointer along a winding rocky ridge with impressive drops on our R, disappearing down into the murky depths. In time we reached the summit trig pillar, continuing a short way to the next (slightly lower) summit for good measure. This was no day for lingering and the cold wind soon drove us down. In descent we kept to the marked trail. The rocks were a little icy but we were able to keep just to the R on a snow slope, avoiding the cornice and also watching out for where the trail diverged left and lead back to the refuge.

We were glad to reach the car, dry out and warm up. Greek Ultras can be unfriendly at this time of year! We next headed for nearby Psini Korifi (1170m P630) but the dirt road to the higher (northwest) trailhead didn’t look very feasible. We then tried Messapion (1021m P818m) but this turned out to be military. Seeing a military checkpoint ahead on the obvious (on Google Earth) road we turned round and headed for Ptoon Oros, where we finally found a second summit for the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2707 ft / 824 m
    Extra Gain:328 ft / 99 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:South ridge
    Trailhead:SE, refuge  3668 ft / 1118 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 33 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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