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nickw1Olympus from Litochoro  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2015
Definitely one of my favourite climbs and favourite mountains so far and one of the few I've done in absolutely perfect weather. Started at Litochoro at 11am on 16/9/15 and walked slowly up the Enipeas Gorge taking time to contemplate the stunning surroundings. Arrived at Prionia around 16.30 and had a quick drink with a family I met at the Spring of St Dionysius before continuing on at 17.00 to Refuge A, taking two hours.

Continued the following day leaving around 08.00 with Chris, who I'd met on the train at Larissa station two days earlier. Great climb up to Skala and then Mytikas under perfect weather of blue skies - was great to be above the haze. Scrambling exposed just below the peak but straightforward as I'd had experience of the Watzmann Traverse and Zugspitze the previous year.

Spent around an hour on the summit taking it all in before returning to Skala and spending a further hour there with people who hadn't quite made Mytikas. Then slowly down to Refuge A again (quick snack stop) and down to Prionia by 17.45.

However I felt that since I started at Litochoro I'd best return there, so marched quickly back through the gorge (having admired it on the way up) returning to the bottom of the gorge at 20.30, aided by headtorch the last 30 mins.

A great climb and a great and varied mountain, my 5th country highpoint (following Wales, England, Scotland and Germany). Where else can you reach almost 3000m from practically sea level too - can't be too many places!
Posted Sep 21, 2015 2:49 pm

HedUpIt was fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2012


Super fun hike. Met some awesome people. Standard easy route up, then ran over to the top of some of the other little "peaks" in the area to the north.
Posted Mar 12, 2015 6:58 pm

Hiker4lifeSnowy Olympus
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2010


Hiked up from Prionia in the drizzle and stayed at the refuge. We woke up to a fresh new dumping of snow and clear, cool temps. With no snow gear, we decided to give the summit a go. We were able to make the sub peaks of Skolio and Skala and had great views. Unfortunately due to snow and ice, we were not able to climb to the true high point of Mykitas. Going back, we went down a different way to make it almost a full loop.
Posted Feb 28, 2015 10:03 pm

pabloPrionia-Skala-Myticas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2014


I started from Prionia in the dark at 5:30am, reached all along the way the refuge at 8am where i had 30' breakfast. Departed at 830am reaching Skala at around 10:20am and Myticas at 11:15am. Down in Prionia by 15h30.
All in all great experience, nice, aereal and technical scrumbling from Skala to Myticas. Wonderful this Mt Olympus - Zeus Throne !
Posted Sep 1, 2014 6:59 am

Carv2012 Greece  Sucess!


Part of a trip in 2012 to Greece. Awesome Mountain, even had lightning and thunder at the refuge A. Zeus didn't want us up there!
Posted Jan 22, 2014 4:08 pm

bruno baschungskala, mytikas and skolio  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2013

bruno baschung

I climbed the 3 summits in a nice hot day. Don't underestimate this hike. It's quite easy up to skala or skolio with a very good path, but reaching top of Mytikas (the highest peak) is a bit more challenging. I opted for the skala - mytiks ridge and not the couloir since I didn't bring a helmet. I would advice rather this route if you don't have a helmet in case of stonefalls (unilkely but still possible especially if there are a lot of people on the way). The ridge might be slightly longer. be careful when reaching the foresummit of mytikas, you will have to go donw a few meters (précautions).
The view from the top is very nice.
I don't have much information but it seems attempting Stefani peak is even more challenging and requires a rope, there are 3 points where you can put protections). on the normal route as well, a short section before foresummit is protected will a short cable and you 'll find 3 protections before recahing the fore summit (it can be useful of course if the way is lsippery because of ice or perhaps rain).

Unfortunately, I didn't meet Zeus on the top... let me know if you happen to meet him!

Bruno Baschung
Posted Aug 20, 2013 1:14 pm

Andrew RankineEasier than Expected  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2013

Andrew Rankine

Hiked with my dad from Prionia. Thought it would be a helluva long day, but turned out to be not too bad. Began at nearly 8 am, hiked past refuge to Skala (took a wrong turn at Skala (don't follow the ridge, go sharp right to a painted arrow going down 10 feet) and did Skolio, then went back for Mytikas. Made it to the car by 5 pm. 12 miles/7125 ft gain.
Posted Aug 11, 2013 12:50 am

KundrtLitochoro - Ref. A
Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2013
It was just stupid try, from Prionia to Refuge A it took 9 hours in deep and steep snow without snowshoes. Searching for the marks all the time. Trousers and boots were like icy tunnels next morning and we were really lazy to wake up early and then just gave up. After half an hour of descent I felt really bad because of it but going back would take some hours and in 1st of February wasn't enough light to do the peak and get back to Ref. A.

Learned a lot there
Posted May 19, 2013 2:32 pm

andreeacorodeanuBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2012


After a long day through Enipeea Canion next day we gone to the peaks from the refuge A (our plan was to climb Mytikas from Louki colouir bat we heard that have at the base lots of snow and we didnt had crampons). We climb Skala, Skolio and then Mytikas. Very steap wow! When we got back from Mytikas before Skala we decide to go down direct to the path that detour all the peaks and get faster to the refuge but surprise, it was really hard and we find snow that we tried to avoid, wow was so scary, than when got to the route and again another suprise, we find snow that we couldnt pass without crampons.... so what to do? Going back up to Skala? No f.... way so we gone to the Muses Plateau hahahahah, wow so nice that Stefani, wow great!!!!!! Than on the short route to the refuge A. After we find out that climbers use that shortcut... it was marked btw. After refuge A we run down to Prionia hoping to find somebody to take us and wow we had such a luck, a couple took us till our hotel in Paralia Katerini woooooooooooow! That was great most that we for sure we ended sleeping in the bushes :)) :D! Another looooong day that finished with bad burns on our arms and faces :))!
Posted Jun 15, 2012 12:29 pm

PUCHMANBalkan trip.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2001


starting from Litochoro. Sleeping close to cave with chapel.
Posted Nov 19, 2011 5:29 pm

BatistutaSeaside - Prionia - Ref. A - Mytikas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2005


We started from the seaside, first day we climbed ref.A at 2100, slept there, and climbed Mytikas the next day. Nice adventure.
Posted Sep 19, 2011 2:27 pm

rggNow that's an exposed ridge  Sucess!


In August 2003, while on a hiking trip, we asked in the refuge if the summit of Mytikas would be possible for hikers? The guardian said yes, so we went for it, over Skala and Skolio, and it turned into a memorable and beautiful day - even though I cannot quite recall the exact date. An easy climb, sure, but definitely not suitable for hikers.

Probably my memory is deceiving me about the ridge, but I remember it to be wonderful solid rock, very ragged, which made for easy climbing, but big sheer drop offs to either side. Only on the last steep bit there were some loose rocks to contend with, especially because there were people climbing above us. If I were to climb it again, the ridge might not feel quite as exposed as I remember it now, but back then, it turned out to be quite an interesting 'hike'!
Posted Nov 10, 2010 9:32 pm

wolf2001Litochoro - Skala-Mytikas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2008


We starting from Litochoro. Ascent to the Refuge A. From there up to Skala Peak and then on the exposed ridge we ascent to the Mytikas summit.
Beautiful trip, but very, very hot. You need a lot of water.
Posted Jul 6, 2010 5:18 am

Joerg MarretschPrionia - Skala - Mytikas - Skala - Skolio - Prionia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2010

Joerg Marretsch

After a night at refuge A it was a nice day during the day at the summits of Olympus (Mytikus over Kakoskala ridge and coloir). Continuous descent to Prionia and to the beach.
Posted Jun 10, 2010 1:54 pm

gimpilatorPrionia - Mytikas - Skolio - Litohoro  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2010


Starting from Prionia I went first to Refuge A. There I was told that bad weather was coming in so rather than waiting until the next day I ascended to the summit. On the way down I went over to Skolio and then spent the night at Refuge A. The next day it rained all day and I walked the long way down to Litohoro. Trip Report here on SummitPost.

Posted Jun 10, 2010 11:42 am

Reljaprionia - summit - prionia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008


First time on Mytikas, first climb in years.
Posted Oct 15, 2008 4:08 pm

AlexandrosTick.  Sucess!


Climbed Olympus many times , summited mitikas from its couloir , kakoskala and natsi's pass. Stefani from its couloir and a solo free attempt of comici-esher where I did the 1rst pitch and then turned back for safety reasons (free soloing is quite dangerous and I didn't wanted to risk it).
Posted Sep 5, 2008 7:40 am

DzikuMitikas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2006


Prionia - Summit - Prionia. Two weeks at the seaside. This one day in mountains saved my live ;-)
Posted May 26, 2008 3:59 am

MegasAlexandrosA note of caution!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2006


I set out from Prionia in early morning and making my way up through the snowfields. Initially everything was fine with snow frozen and hard in the mornig. Above the refuge A the snow still had a firm grip of the landscape and following some tracks I ended up in the middle of a steep slope and it was like the perfect avalanche trap and as I realized this I made my way out of there. Having made it up to the ridge I noticed two moving objects in the distance -dogs? No, wolves! I was very surprised they were playing in the snow until I interupted them and the headed off in another direction. As I approached Skolio via the ridge the summit Mytikas was clearly visible although cloud covered at times watching the hanging snow over the cliff edges I deceided to settle with Skolio. On my way down snow had begun to melt and on more than a few occasions did I sink into the snow. A surprised wild goat, Rupicapra rupicapra fled with lighning speed as I approached the unwary goat.
Posted Apr 1, 2008 8:15 am

MatPrGreat Experience  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2004


Studied abroad in Greece, and a group of us wanted to climb it before the weather got too cold. We made it to the summit and back in a day. My first experience at a high altitude (other than CO) looking over a cliff. I've been hooked since...
Posted Dec 26, 2007 10:20 pm

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