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... Russian and Estonian friend climbing through the clouds up the other side of the mountain. They had met another Russian on the way down who had shown them a longer, yet safer route up to Mytikas. We decided to take this 'safer' route back down so that we could see a bit more of the mountain and also visit Skolio (the second highest peak 2,911m). However, we didn't realise that our friends had been discussing new plans in Russian with this new guy, who was ...
... ascents and descents! Let's just say that my legs were pretty fried when I reached Prionia and I still had to get to Refuge A that night, which would add another 1000m to my daily hike total!
As the first hike was repeatedly up and down, the Zolotas path was all uphill with tall leg reaches required. Normally this would be fine, but with already fried legs and, oh, did I mention my 15kg (32 lb) backpack, it was pretty slow going with lots ...
... at 2100m (6900 ft), while some decide to conquer the mountain in just a day and head for the peak at 2912m (9553 ft).
Whew! Now that the numbers are finished...Litohoro is a small, quiet town nestled right in-between the mountains and the beach, so it is rather popular, particularly in summer. Between Litohoro and Mount Olympus lies the Enippeas gorge and a beautiful valley with a clear river, small lakes, multiple waterfalls, ...
... this mountain should stay here for definite.
Anyway, the climb, we arose early to start the trek into the gorge at 5:45 as it was getting light. We did this both to get a good start but mainly to beat the heat of the morning and be higher up by the time this hit. We had a 11km trek to focus on through trees and streams to get to the first checkpoint at 1050metres. It was very humid in the trees even at this time of day but the climb was well ...
The hotel I had booked for tonight was, according to booking.com 40m from the beach. The village turns out to be a very busy tourist destination and the road to the hotel was closed in the evenings. Well we found a place to park 3 blocks away in a field behind a house and walked to the hotel. The room was pleasant ...
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