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gbajsonDate Climbed: 2001  Sucess!

gbajson

It was unplanned trip!

I was with my friends on the 2 weeks-long vacation in Greece not far from Mitikas - so we have seen this mountain everyday. When there were only 3 days left in Greece we decided to climb it. I remamber that descent was in rush, and that we had completely no Greece money - because date of the return from Greece was changed and we had only 2 days for all trip :)
Posted Dec 25, 2005 7:12 pm

JuhoRoute Climbed: Prionia - Refuge - A - Skala - Mytikas Date Climbed: May 26th, 2005  Sucess!

Juho

I planned on hiking all the way up from Litochoro via Enipeas gorge in one day but a two hour detour in the beginning and bad weather forced me to stay at Refuge A the first day. During final ascent with a group of British hikers it was very cloudy and the visibility was around 20 to 50 metres all the time. Everybody else turned back at Skala but I had too tight schedule to wait for better weather. Nice touch by the gods to break the clouds for just a minute at the very moment I reached the summit.



Cold, clody, extremely windy and rainfalls every now and then. I have no doubts that the view from the summit is magnificent on a clear weather. Too bad there are so many new places to visit that I doubt I will be going to Mt. Olympus again.
Posted Dec 17, 2005 12:40 pm

dynerciaRoute Climbed: from Litochoro through Skala Date Climbed: august 2000  Sucess!

dynercia

Wow... !!! Sea seen from mountains - in my country it is impossible
Posted Oct 29, 2005 4:00 pm

aquariuszRoute Climbed: normal route from Pieronia Parking place Date Climbed: 2004 August  Sucess!

aquariusz

I needed exactly 6 hours to reach the peak and 3 hrs to get back. It's beautiful there !! Once in a lifetime you should visit that national park and peak ! :)
Posted Sep 15, 2005 3:35 am

abotziosRoute Climbed: Gortsia - Muses Plateau - Mytikas Peak - Prionia Date Climbed: 2nd July 2005  Sucess!
We commenced our climb from Gortsia (or Diastavrosi as the locals know it) at 11:00 in the middle of a heat wave (37 degrees Celsius in Litohoro). The trek up to the Muses Plateau is a steady uphill climb where one is rewarded by magnificent views of the area (compared to the Prionia - Mytikas peak route that runs along the gorge and therefore has a restricted view of the area).



The trek along the Laimos ridge (after roughly 5 hours walk) is spectacular and it is easy to cross the Yiossos pass via either the cable on the rock face (for the more adventurous!!) or by the path around the face.



There is plenty of space for camping on the Muses Plateau, just make sure that you find a space as proteced from the wind as possible as it can get quite windy overnight!!!



The climb to Mytikas is not difficult, although one must be steady and careful during the ascent and descent (beware of falling rocks from inexperienced or careless climbers!!!).
Posted Jul 5, 2005 5:55 am

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Prionia - Refuge A Date Climbed: October 1998

Nikolas_A

I went by train with two friends. We walked to Litochoro and took a taxi to Prionia. We climbed up to the (closed) Refuge A. We camped outside and next morning headed to Skolio. A storm made us turn back, so we got back to the tents, packed, descended to Prionia and to Litochoro through the Enipeas gorge.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 9:55 am

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Gortsia - Muses plateau - Mytikas Date Climbed: January 2000

Nikolas_A

Me and 9 friends bivied out of the (closed) Refuge D. The plan was to follow the trail to the Muses plateau, stay in Refuge C and climb ice routes the following day.



Next morning we walked the road to Gortsia and started on the trail. Short after Barba a member of the group had proplems with her stomach, so she and her bf turned back. Due to the poor snow quality at the base and the wight of the climbing gear we were making slow progress. After Stragos, we decided to take the left branch (Anathema) to make up the time.



That steep section took its toll on one of the other climbers, who had a medical history with his knee. It soon started giving him trouble, and his pace slowed down. When we got to the Skourta ridgeline, he and 3 others were at least 30mins behind and the temperature at -10°C. We could barely see the refuge from this point, the sun was setting and the temperature falling fast.



As the "Giosos' pass" was ahead, we had to wait to see if he was up to it. By the time he and the other 3 got to us we were already freezing, so we were quite releived to hear that he wanted to turn back. We reversed the route, and after 17 hours of non-stop walking we were back to our cars
Posted Feb 10, 2004 3:49 am

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Gortsia - Muses plateau - Mytikas Date Climbed: Summer og 1998  Sucess!

Nikolas_A

In a party of 10 I climbed from Gortsia to the Muses plateau were we pitced our tends. Next day we climbed Mytikas, Stefani, Toumba and Profitis Ilias. The third day we descended through Refuge A to Prionia and camped halfway down the Enipeas' gorge. The fourth day we completed the route down to Litochoro.
Posted Feb 9, 2004 3:59 pm

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Prionia - Summit - Prionia - Enipeas gorge Date Climbed: Summer of 1996  Sucess!

Nikolas_A

I climbed with two friends up to Refuge A and camped outside. The next day we summited Mytikas & Profitis Ilias and returned to the tent. The third day we descended to Prionia and walked Enipeas' dorge down to Litochoro.
Posted Feb 9, 2004 3:52 pm

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Gortsa - Mouses Plateau - Prionia - Enipeas - Litochoro Date Climbed: July 2002

Nikolas_A

I camped at Gortsa with my girfriend Friday night.

Saturday morning we ascended to the Mouses plateau (in hard rain from Petrostrouga and up). We camped on the plateau and I spend most of the night counting the time between lightning and thunder...

The rain had stopped the next morning but we didn't go for the summit because the Mytikas' colouir is dangerous when wet. We descended to Prionia, got into Enipeas gorge and camped. Monday morning we continued down the gorge to Litochoro and caught the bus home
Posted Feb 3, 2004 10:02 am

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Vryssopoules - Agios Antonis - Skolio -Skala - Sparmos Monastery Date Climbed: March 23-25 1996  Sucess!

Nikolas_A

From the military installation in Vrysopouless we climbed Agios Antonis (2815m), Skolio (2904m), Skala (2880m). We descended through Mavratzorema gorge to Sparmos Monastery
Posted Jan 27, 2004 4:38 pm

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Gortsa - Mouses Plateau - Prionia Date Climbed: July 21-23 1995

Nikolas_A

The first time I climbed Olympus. Me, my sister and two friends, arrived Friday night and camped at the beach Litohoro's beach at the foot of Olympus. Saturday morning ascended from Gortsa to the muses plateau. We didn't go for the summit as the Mytikas coloir was crowded and rock fall danger was high. Sunday we descended to Prionia
Posted Jan 27, 2004 4:24 pm

Nikolas_ARoute Climbed: Gortsa - Mouses Plateau - Mytikas - Prionia Date Climbed: August 27-29 1997  Sucess!

Nikolas_A

In a group of 38 people from my local club. On Friday we ascended from Gortsa to the muses plateau and pitched tents. Saturday 14 of us summited and Sunday we descended through Prionia
Posted Jan 27, 2004 4:15 pm

PelasgianRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: 12 September 2003  Sucess!
I hiked from the beautiful town of Litohoro through the Enipeas gorge to the first refuge on day one.



Day two I summited Mitkas in about 3 hours. On my 29th birthday!



As I reached the top the clouds closed in.



A worthwile experience, the gods still live there!



PelasgianCS

Posted Sep 14, 2003 12:43 pm

vbeckman74Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: August 03  Sucess!

vbeckman74

I did it with my wife in 11 hours round trip. It truly is beautiful. It is not as sparsely vegetated as I thought it would be at the bottom. There is a little scramble at the top to Myticas, but you don't need a rope in the summer. You should be comfortable with a little exposure, however. Litochoro is a gem of a town. I wish we had a couple more days to hang out there.
Posted Sep 13, 2003 7:27 am

athpalRoute Climbed: Diastavrossi-Skourta ridge-Mousson plateau-Mitikas Couloir Date Climbed: 25 March 1981  Sucess!

athpal

It was my first ascent of the mountain (I was at the age of 16). We followed one of the longest route.We needed 2 days to complete our ascent. The first day we followed the snowy footpath from Diastavrossi, we reached the Skourta peak and continued to the Mousson plateau (mousson means clios) via the Skourta ridge. Before the plateau there was (and there is also) a fixed wire rope in a point wich we called "Yossos jump". The wire rope is placed in a small rock field which is dangerous in winter with snow. We spent the night in the refuge "Yossos Apostolidis". The next day we woke up early (about 4 o'clock a.m.), roped up, traversed the peak Stefani (or Zeus' throne - it looks like god's throne) and we reached the summit Mitikas via the Mitikas Couloir (40 - 45 degrees in the exit-it depends on the snow fall). For the descent we reversed the route.

Avalanche risk exists in the traverse of Stefani and the Mitikas' couloirl.

The Olympus is a magnificent Greek mountain ideal for all seasons and most of the mountain activities such as hiking, climbing, mountaineering ski etc.

Posted Jul 25, 2003 8:31 am

drorfidRoute Climbed: lotohoro - prionia - skala - mytikas Date Climbed: october 97  Sucess!

drorfid

i did it alone. a beautiful experience. the crossing of skala was a bit scary without a rope, there was some ice on the rocks, and exposure to the east side at some places.
Posted May 30, 2003 2:36 am

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