complete ascend and traverse of summits of Olympos in 1 nice day
My very first climb and very first country highpoint.
Started at Prionia around 15:30 and was at Refuge A at 18:30. Took dinner and sleepover there. Got up at 6:30, met sunrise, took breakfast and started hiking at 7:20. Reached Skala at 10:00, then started climbing to the Mytikas, which was reached at 11:00
Spent around half an hour on the summit taking it all in before returning to Skala, then slowly down to Refuge A again where we took a lunch and down to Prionia by 18:00.
Nice mountain for the first life experience.
Foggy / cloudy day - no views at all. Fortunately rock was dry, nice and easy scrambling.
Summited Mytikas (2918m)
A group of 7 Romanians, we took the route of SEO Refuge, “Giosos Apostolidis” (2720m). We started the trek around 6 am (still dark at that time of the year) and continued up to the Refuge. Snow conditions from the Plateau of Muses and up to the refuge. From there we crossed the small plateau to the left ridge and climbed the ridge (rope & harness required). No snow on the ridge. The normal route passes behind the refuge to the right but the angle of the slope and snow conditions were not safe enough.
The culoar to the top was covered so we used crampons and ice axes. No roping. The last climb section was without snow (last 30 m) so we took crampons off and continued on rock.
The weather was stable, however, from time to time we went through fog.
We used the same route for return and reached the car parking around midnight.
I started in afternoon so figured I would need overnight gear. I also carried crampons and axe because there was snow over previous days and I didn't know what to expect. When I got to the refuge I still had a few hours of sunlight and the GPS said I was less than 2km distance from the summit. So I cached my gear and went for the top. I followed E4 to Skala then traversed the ridge to Mythikas then took a direct route back down to the refuge. I picked up my cache and headed straight back to Prionia to set up camp.
Weather was rainy, but we managed to ascent from Prionia to Mytikas and go back down in one day - started at 6am, came back around midnight. Couldn't see all the beauty of landscapes because of the clouds.
One hell of a climb. I was fortunate enough have the summit all to myself while surrounded by beautiful white clouds. Ended up hiking down with a couple of German bros. A great day on a great mountain!
I climbed this guided with my parents, and now i am looking at hitting the 4000ers, thanks olympus
First time in European mountains. Exciting.
Climbed from Skala. Unfortunately the weather was not very nice so we didn't have any view from the top - everything was covered in fog and clouds. It was even slightly raining during the final section of our climb and on the way down.
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!
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.
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.
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 !
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!
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!
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.
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
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 :))!