All of the group had opted to drive and start the climb from a place called Prionia, which is 1000m up the mountain, but our view was that if we were climbing it we would start at sea level and climb the full mountain. So we started at 8am on the Wednesday morning, leaving Litochoro and walking up the amazing Enipeas Canyon, as you will see from the pictures it was a stunning place, full of beautiful waterfalls. It took us about 7 hours to reach Prionia, where the rest had started earlier, and after a rest and lunch we climbed the next 1000m, arriving at the refuge at 6pm.
After an interesting night sharing a bunk room with everyone, we left for the summit at 7am, soon hitting the cloud and the snowline. We lost 3 of the group further on who turned back as the conditions worsened, the remainder of us made it to the summit, just as we topped out the cloud cleared, and for only about 10 minutes gave us some spectacular views, and then it dropped again. It was a magical and emotional feeling, I was so proud of Sharon, we had done it right from the bottom, with very heavy packs, and it was only her second time in crampons.
It was a great expedition, we loved every minute, the weather wasn't great for Greece, was a heatwave at home!! but one hell of an experience, never to be forgotten. Hope you enjoy the photos....
|in the Enipeas Canyon|
|lots of Salamanders about|
|Litochoro, where we started the walk from|
|looked a hell of a long way from here!!|
|entering theNational Park|
|and the start of the canyon trail|
|yours truly with Olympus in the background...still along long way to go!|
|one of the many lovely bridges that cross the canyon|
|this church was in a cave at the side of the Trail, a stunningly beautiful and emotional place, lit a candle for my sister, Tracy|
|At Prionia, as we started the 1000m climb to the refuge, the pack horses that take supplies to the refuge|
|Sharon at the foot of one of the many avalanche chutes|
|nearly at the refuge, which is perched on the top of the cliff|
|sun rise over the Aegean Sea from 2000m up Olympus|
|Brown Bear prints ..... yikes!!|
|8 of us that summitted|
|Sharon delighted to have made it!|
|so proud of Sharon, she did so well|
|Sharon points out where we started from the day before|
|nearly back at the refuge for lunch, before the final descent|
|All done and time to relax on the beach|