The mountain Artemisio is a rocky peak situated between Arkadia and Argolida in Peloponnese. The amazing rocky formation of the peak rising at 1769m offers amazing views of every mountain in the Peloponnese including Zhreia and Taygetos, the Aegean sea and even Dirfis on a clear day. With multiple trails and rich ancient history, it becomes apparent that this peak is an important beauty of nature. Even if you like technical or easy summits, low or high this peak has you covered. Being a part of the Artemisio mountain range one of the most rugged low alt ranges in Greece and also one of the most amazing in the Peloponnese. Sadly there isn't the ability to ski or snowboard from the summit but being only 1:4h away from Athens there isn't a downside to this mountain.
Karua is a village only 140km away from athens centre and the starting point of the 34 RED but also the way to the trail head. It takes about 1:50h to get there but that isn't the whole way up. The trail head starts at (37.637121, 22.528464) and is 143km away and 1:56h; using google maps here is how to get there (https://goo.gl/maps/ZqwugHdpUnx)From there you can park at the road side if you don't own a 4X4 or drive the dirt road until the trail head.Nestanh
This is the start of the other longer trail to the summit. 150km away and 1:42h from athens it is rather a faster drive but a longer hike, here are the directions
This is the most standard route to the summit, a well marked and well mentained trail that is frequently used and has easy accsess. This trail starts at the end of the dirt road that operates as an accsess point to the trail heads (37.622955, 22.522437) and runs for 2.7km to the summit. It has very differing terrain and bizzare ups-and-downs, in short it has a elevation gain of 550m and takes about 2h to summit.The trail can be broken into two main parts, the forest and the summit; each are about 1h but feature different terrain and conditions. The best spot to take a break between sections is the view point at (37.616109, 22.515607) that has amazing views and is very good for a 10min chill.The forest section: This is a rather easy and fast section crossing 1.5km of forest, with really small danger and small height gainas such that the break spot at (37.616109, 22.515607) is at 1510m, the gain being around 250m; an easy way to gain your altitude under the shade of the trees with amazing views of the sea.Summit Section: This section is the hard part of the trail, having very big elevation gain and verticality as well as exposed terrain, rock fall, avalache danger and fall danger. This section meets with a route that i will talk about next at the break spot and is about 1h gains 300m and runs for about 1.2km. The danger will become aparent after the first few meters as the trail runs across the exposed rock face at 1600m, and offers stunning views but also offers some amazing oportunities to fall to your death. The trail as some very rough terrain and small rocks that can roll you off balance; wtch your step and dont linger to much around steep spots.General Info: It runs with the north trail for about 150m before it snaps off and takes its own path. It is maily colored with bright red and lime and is number coded with 34 RED. Since there is a trail running event there is very good markings and trail design making this hike a basic but hard path.
STANDARD NORTH EASY
This was unfortunately what i intedeed to climb but i followed the bright colors of the trail above. I do not have any info for this path but here is some basic usefull info. It follows the same path with STD S for 150m and breaks off at (37.622591, 22.520385) and continues forward not right with low red paint. It seems to be easier and take advantage of the north ridge to summit the mountain.
This route is the longest and most day-trip like from the above, starting from the village of nestanh (37.613924, 22.465760) and climbing the mountain for 5h. The trail meets with STD S at the break point (37.616109, 22.515607) and continues with it. It is still marked with 34 RED and well preserved.
Pack weather related clothing such as lycra or jaket, pack sunglasses, water (a lot), a light pack, battons, very good boots.
Warm clothing (parka etc.), ski mask/sunglasses, water, crampons, ice axe/piolet, ice bolts, ropes.
- Wind protective clothing
- water (750ml - 1lt)
- hiking boots (not trails shoes)