Ascent of Selvili Tepe on 2017-03-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Selvili Tepe
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy border crossing from Larnaca, N Cyprus car insurance still costs 20 Euros (have the right money - he didn't have change - luckily I had a 20). Note the insurance is 3rd party only ie doesn't cover damage to the hire car, and Avis made it clear that the excess didn't apply in the north, ie the full cost of any damage would be payable. Having said that, I found driving in the north easy and pleasant. Avis was the only company I found that would do a one day rental allowing the car to be taken into northern Cyprus. I found two local companies, for longer rental periods.

Quick stop for the St Hilarion Castle summit then along the fine scenic ridge road (paved all the way) to the Selvili turnoff. Guardhouse at entrance gate into fenced summit compound seems not to be operative nowadays. Summit outcrop (GPS N35.31958° E33.16108°, 1017m) is just a few metres inside the gate, barely a scramble, with a small scruffy concrete cylinder on the slightly lower bit of the outcrop, hiding in small pine trees, looking across to the comms tower and building, which had a single car parked outside.

Unsure if this cylinder is a trig: there's a fine octagonal example at roadside by large viewpoint lay-by passed enroute from east.

NB my Garmin satnav recommended a more direct route to the ridge road, bypassing Hilarion, which I did investigate, but it is steep and rough and probably needs high clearance. And the paved ridge road is well worth the drive.

Easily back into S Cyprus in daylight then a dusk ascent of Adhelfi to round off the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:473 ft / 144 m
    Total Elevation Loss:473 ft / 144 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Grade/Class:YDS1 (2)
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:473 ft / 144 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:2887 ft / 879 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:473 ft / 144 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    End Trailhead:2887 ft / 879 m
    Time:10 Minutes

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