Ascent of Klokos on 2011-04-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1779 m / 5837 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Having summitted Profitis Ilias (Óros Taigetos) followed by another Profitis Ilias we were expecting Klokos to be a drive-up, on the basis of the obvious road shown on Google Earth. A paved road turns off the main road at N38.13680 E22.06123, 1168m. In 250m, fork R onto a dirt road (N38.13874 E22.05945). At N38.14087 E22.05666, 1288m, the road turns R to a large house / farm complex (Private driveway). A dirt road continues straight on but it was muddy and rutted. We had well over an hour of daylight and it was a nice evening so we decided to hike the peak from there. We made a pretty rapid ascent, short-cutting most of the road's zig-zags, completing the 500m ascent in 36 minutes. We had been wary of a summit building we could see below, but this turned out to be a small monastery - unoccupied apparently. The summit was marked by a slender square trig pillar on a rock outcrop, and a leaning cross. The views over the steep dissected landscape at sunset were superb. After 10 minutes at the summit we ran back down in 18 minutes. My old knees haven't been the same since... Obviously it would have gone in an hour with less time at the summit - a nice "against the Klokos" challenge :-).

The summit having taken up more time than the expected driveup, our next challenge was to find fuel for the car and for ourselves. This done, we headed E along the coast road and followed an obscure (satnav) route to the Arakhnaion Oros trailhead - this summit was tomorrow's main target before our afternoon flight back to the UK.

Trip photos
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:491 m / 1611 ft
    Elevation Loss:491 m / 1611 ft
    Distance:4.8 km / 3 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:491 m / 1611 ft
    Distance:2.4 km / 1.5 mi
    Route:from SE
    Trailhead:SE access road  1288 m / 4226 ft
    Time Up:36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:491 m / 1611 ft
    Distance:2.4 km / 1.5 mi
    Trailhead:SE access road  1288 m / 4226 ft
    Time Down:18 Minutes

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