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.
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
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.
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.
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
From the military installation in Vrysopouless we climbed Agios Antonis (2815m), Skolio (2904m), Skala (2880m). We descended through Mavratzorema gorge to Sparmos Monastery