Ascent of Olympus - Skolio on 2016-09-12

Climber: Mark Anderson

Others in Party:Clare Anderson
Date:Monday, September 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Olympus - Skolio
    Elevation:9551 ft / 2911 m

Ascent Trip Report

We ascended Skolio, the second highest point in the Mt. Olympus range, as part of a three day trek. The trip started from the Gortsia trailhead, to Refuge A via a forest-level contoured route from east to west. On the second day we walked from Refuge A to Skala with the intention of summiting Mykitas, the highest point that requires a Class III final approach with moderate exposure. Strong cold winds and fog set in just before our attempt of Mytikas. We started the scramble, but turned around after about 10 minutes due to the poor conditions. After returning to Skala, we walked to Skolio. From there we descended and crossed the Zonaria to the Plateau of the Muses and continued east to the Petrostrougas hut on the eastern flank of the range. On day three we descended from Petrostrougas to the Gortsia trailhead. Total mileage was around 21 miles: 7.5 on day one and 5,500 ft. elevation gain; 9.5 on day two and 4,400 ft. elevation gain; and 3.5 on day three, with 3,500 elevation loss.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2920 ft / 890 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Cool with a cold wind and heavy, low clouds. Sleet on the summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2920 ft / 890 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Approach from Refuge A on E4
    Start Trailhead:6631 ft / 2021 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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