We started from the seaside, first day we climbed ref.A at 2100, slept there, and climbed Mytikas the next day. Nice adventure.
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'!
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.
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.
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.
First time on Mytikas, first climb in years.
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).
Prionia - Summit - Prionia. Two weeks at the seaside. This one day in mountains saved my live ;-)
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.
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...
On the day of Olympus Marathon, very hot day,
and back to Bucharest all night long 800 km!
Here was my route: from Litochoro up the Enipeas Gorge to the Monastery (worth a visit). Then along the road for a km or so to climb up to the main Gortsia path to the G. Apostodolis Refuge and Mykitas. The return was via the Mt. Pagos ridge and a marked path down to Litochoro. A long and beautiful horseshoe walk. I took two days but would definitely recommend three. The view from the Muses Plateau in the early sunlight was stunning.
I tried to scale Olympus from the seaside to the summit of Mytikas in one push but had to turn back at about 2400 metres above sea level due to bad weather.
I started the hike from the sea shore at 2:30 AM and turned back around 11:30 AM. The moisture was high and it was kind of hot and that was a big minus. The upper parts of the mountain were hidden in clouds and it was really windy.
The trail from Litochoro to Prionia is horrible, with so many ups and downs, that's so demoralizing... can't recommend it to anyone.
very nice ridge between Skala and Mytikas, still snowy in late May 2006. Unfortunately the weather get cloudy in the morning, unable to see anything from the top of Mytikas
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 :)
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.
Wow... !!! Sea seen from mountains - in my country it is impossible
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 ! :)
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!!!).
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.