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Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus


Postby Alteknacker » Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:45 pm

Date walked: 05/10/2021

Time taken: 7.5

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 1000m

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The first day of our fortnight in Gritsa was a quintessentially perfect Greek day: clear blue sky, not too hot ... .... and a view to the West absolutely dominated by Mount Olympus.
ImageThis is the view of the mountain from the beach in front of the hotel. Difficult not to get VERY restless just lying on the beach with this in the background :roll: .

But this was intended as a family holiday. Fortunately one of the others expressed a desire to go at least part-way up the mountain (he is 75, so understandable that he had some misgivings about the full 2000m climb), so eventually we managed to get a date agreed by all - just before several days of heavy rain was forecast.

The route we decided to go for was from Prionia - the highest point one can reach by car, at an elevation of 1100m - to Spilios Agapitos at 2060m.
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Image3D view of Olympos, with various trails shown, including the one that we took (Prionia to "Refuge A" on the 3D pic).

When we stop for fuel on the way to Litochoro, the mountain is looking quite superb in the dawn sun.
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It's about 5 km as the crow flies from Litochoro to Prionia - but about 20km of road, that winds and switchbacks its way up the side of the gorge.
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We arrive at Prionia at around 08.25, and are quite surprised to see that most of the parking spaces in the large car park were already taken - probably not far short of 100 cars!

We get going quite quickly, and are not too intimidated by this sign at the start of the walk!!!!
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Typical path

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ditto

Image20211005-101007. The first half of the walk meanders through superb pristine natural pine forest.

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Again, typical path conditions.

Image20211005-102002. All of a sudden we get a view of the summit ridge, gleaming white in the early sun.

Image Then back into the forest...

Image20211005-104512. ...then out again. This view is looking back down the valley (ie roughly east)

Image20211005-112658. As we approach the top, we get more and more views of the summit.

Image20211005-114623. We arrive at the refuge shortly before 11.45.
This shot is looking east down the valley again from the refuge terrace.

Image20211005-114819. The map board outside the refuge.

Image20211005-123010. From one particular point there's a superb view of the summit ridge to be had...

Image20211005-123120. Now that's what I call an attractive ridge!

We head off back, the way we've come, shortly after 12.30. We get about half way down when Ales's knees start playing up, and so the walk back down unexpectedly takes longer than the walk up.

The CEO is talking about going back next year to the same hotel, and if we do, I'll definitely have a go for the summit. :D
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