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Ascent of Ptoon Oros on 2011-04-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ptoon Oros
    Location:Greece
    Elevation:780 m / 2562 ft

Ascent Trip Report

An afternoon ascent, following a morning on the snowy Ultra Óros Dírfis .

This looked good on Google Earth - a scenic location with an old mine incline potentially providing an intriguing ascent route. It did not disappoint.

We parked at N38.49712 E23.33687, 9m GPSr, opposite the start of the old incline. Its start isn't quite visible from the road, but climbing the low bank just above and to the left of our parking spot we quickly found a route through the scrub and scrambled up a low drystone retaining wall onto the incline. This doubtless served mining operations in the past, and is now rather dilapidated higher up, and a little overgrown, but generally provides a good ascent route to a level of approx 500m, reaching an artificial-looking cave about halfway up the hillside. Here there were relics of old winding gear, and the incline turned R and became a level terrace. After traversing 500m, at N38.48449 E23.33012 520m we headed uphill though scrub, following goat tracks. Occasional backtracking was needed but on the whole this was a reasonable way up. The terrain levelled off and we found our way via more goat tracks onto open ground on the ridge which led across rough limestone terrain then uphill again to the summit: several contending highpoints, of which the (cylindrical) trig pillar is perhaps the highest, N38.48433 E23.34364, 781m GPSr; somewhat misty view across the bay. We headed down, more or less refinding our upward route thanks to the GPS track recorded on the way up.

We then headed west ready to climb Liakoura (Parnassos) the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:954 m / 3136 ft
    Extra Gain:99 m / 328 ft
    Distance:6.6 km / 4.1 mi
    Route:N face via mine incline
    Trailhead:N of summit  24 m / 82 ft
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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