Ascent of Óros Taigetos on 2011-10-30

Climber: James Warren

Date:Sunday, October 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Óros Taigetos
    Elevation:2404 m / 7890 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I had originally intended to climb from the carpark at the end of the tarmac road but was feeling pretty bad (only the amazing weather made me even think of attempting the climb) so elected to start from the refuge instead. As per Rob Woodall's trip report, I got within a few hundred metres of the refuge before even the RAV started hitting the rocks so I parked and walked to the refuge.

Path above refuge is well marked (one of the best marked I've seen in Greece) and weaves its way steeply up the with the E face of the mountain looming above. The path makes good use of the natural rock strata, the Plakes (paving stones), allowing for a traverse across the steep E slope that would otherwise be extremely difficult. Once on the ridge line, its a simple 20 mins to the summit, with some amazing views in all directions, esp S along the Mani and N to the mts beyond Tripoli (c50 miles).

Round trip took 4 hrs dead. Definitely one of the most rewarding climbs I've done in Greece.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Elevation Loss:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Distance:7.8 km / 4.8 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Distance:3.9 km / 2.4 mi
    Route:Path W from refuge, up E face then along ridge
    Trailhead:Track below refuge  1399 m / 4593 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1005 m / 3297 ft
    Distance:3.9 km / 2.4 mi
    Route:As ascent
    Trailhead:Track below refuge  1399 m / 4593 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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