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We did it! We concurred Mount Olympus in one day! It was an epic and memorable climb. We made a climb with a Russian and an Estonian guy who we met at the Thessaloniki bus station. We took a bus to Litochoro (the town at the foot of the mountain) and then took a taxi to Prionia (trail starting point at 1,000m). From here we walked up the track to refuge A (2,100m) where we stopped for lunch. This took us two and a half hours and was for me the most difficult ...
... flora and fauna, and is cut by the crystal clear waters of the Enippeas river. The pinnacle is Mytikas, where Zeus hurled his thunderbolts at us mere humans, which sits at 2,917 meters (9,570 feet for us metrically challenged Americans!). Though this may not sound all that high, you have to remember that Olympus sits right by the sea, meaning you go from sea level to the top rather quickly (like hiking from Denver to the top of a 14er in 6 hours!).
... on so to speak, it wasn't too bad at all. Graded as a grade 3 scramble, it is difficult but comfortable in my opinion. As long as you were sure of your footings and had confidence, you would be fine.
I summited at 9:16 and was the 3rd that morning. The view was just stunning, a view across to Skolio (second highest peak in Greece) which we would later both walk to. Again, you could see all the way to the sea but you also had this unique view ...
... hzeitig ab und gönne mir ein Bad im Mittelmeer und mache ein Nickerchen am Strand.
Vorher leiste ich einem Griechen noch Hilfe, da er sein Auto im Sand versenkt hat :-) Ich weiss wie es ist, wenn man in einer unangenehmen Situation ist und helfe natürlich gerne. Etwas Sand buddeln und nochmals versuchen herauszufahren und siehe da, das Auto steckt noch tiefer im Sand. Mit dem Töff kann ich ihn auch nicht herausziehen. Das ...
... these were the first facilities we'd had since Jerusalem and
these easily surpassed those, so I woke up a little earlier than usual to get a
good workout in. Then it was time for a sumptuous (I'm starting to run
low on adjectives to communicate "bigger than usual and delicious")
breakfast and a tour of Thessaloniki. A few interesting things:
large Roman forum, Church of Saint Dmitrius, significant Byzantine ruins, and
some old ...