Ascent of Óros Aínos on 2021-09-20

Climber: Mark Trengove

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, September 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Óros Aínos
    Elevation:5341 ft / 1627 m

Ascent Trip Report

A traverse of Oros Ainos, using the Atsoupades Trail, marked by a white square on yellow background.

I was dropped off at the trail head in a quarry (at 38.16586N; 20.67513E) below the town of Digaleto by my wife in the hire car. The trail wound through the piles of limestone grit, and then through low cork oak woods, and up to a battered rest area at Karvounolakos (at 38.15661N; 20.66783E). There I joined a grit road south east over several kilometres, with only about 40 metres of ascent, to the next battered rest area at Pigadia (at 38.14995N; 20.68096E).

From there the real climb began up the steep Kefalonian fir-clad slopes of the mountain, with the trail zig-zagging through the shady forest nearly all the way to the summit. Some 100 metres below the summit, I crossed a higher grit road, meeting the first people all-day who were taking the much shorter route from the car park at the end of the public access road. The trail emerged from the fir forest just short of the summit crest, and a brief ascent over limestone brought me onto the craggy summit of Megas Soros - the highest top on the mountain. This sported a large cairn, trig point with summit book in a metal case, and a summit marker noting '1628m'. After summit photos and a brief bite to eat and a drink, I headed down to the grit road to progress to Chionistra - the lower top on the mountain daubed in telecom paraphernalia. Narrative continues under
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On the summit (2021-09-20). Photo by Mark Trengove.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3494 ft / 1064 m
    Total Elevation Loss:312 ft / 95 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Hot and clear to the west, cloudy to the east
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3494 ft / 1064 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Atsoupades Trail
    Start Trailhead:Quarry near Pyrgi village, Digaleto  1847 ft / 562 m
    Time:0 Days 4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:312 ft / 95 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:Chionistra key col  5029 ft / 1532 m
    Time:0 Days 0 Hours 20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Oros Ainos Traverse (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Óros Aínos2021-09-20 13494 ft / 1065 m
2Óros Aínos - Chionístra2021-09-20 2387 ft / 118 m
Total Trip Gain: 3881 ft / 1183 m    Total Trip Loss: 2477 ft / 755 m

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