Ascent of Oros Titiron on 2012-04-04
|Others in Party:||Andrew Tibbetts|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, April 4, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||747 m / 2454 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportWe climbed Titiron (the range is called Mt Onychas) the day after our Dikaios ascent. On the Crete Road Edition 1:100,000 there is a 748m spot height a few km N of the 749m spot. Both have trig pillars hence the vertical accuracy is likely to be on the order of 0.5 to 1 metre and either could have the P600 honours. Best visit both, we decided. We had dined at Kissamos the evening before and this has a nice view of the twin peaks.
North of the village of Rodopos, the road continues unpaved, reasonable quality, drivable in our fairly low clearance rental car as far as N35.629 E23.735, where we spent the night: the road is somewhat rutted beyond here for a short section.
Next morning we hiked the road to N35.64588 E23.73062 then headed straight up the stony hillside (some low scrub, easily avoided). However this brought us into the ridge too early and we had 500m or so of fiddly scrambly limestone boulder hopping before we reached the summit - entertaining although rather slow - our ascent took 1h15.
The best point to leave the road is N35.64885 E23.72805, 469m, making a beeline (simple initially, awkward scrubby ground higher up) for the summit, which is at N35.65300 E23.71909, 738m, horizontal accuracy 4m, marked with a toppled triangulation pillar; a rock outcrop a few m to the SE is slightly lower.
In descent we picked our way across awkward scrubby limestone (goat tracks help a bit); once the steeper slope is reached it's a straightforward rubbly descent, with patches of low scrub to avoid.
We then drove back south to N35.60936 E23.73658, 533m, where a rough track heads a little way towards the summit before ending at a fenced enclosure (N35.60807, E23.73555). From here a simple beeline, avoiding some low scrub initially, leads up nice steep limestone (YDS 2+ at worst) to the summit, marked by a small cairn (N35.60193 E23.73169, 739m, 3m horizontal accuracy), with a toppled triangulation pillar (with its top plate intact) approx 10m to south.
Looking north, the 748m summit looks possibly higher compared with the sea level horizon, but that could be the haze playing tricks.
We head back down then drive to Afkades, which we climb in the afternoon.
Titiron photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||660 m / 2174 ft|
| Elevation Loss:||567 m / 1869 ft|
| Distance:||6.4 km / 4 mi|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 2+|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Weather:||Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Elevation Gain:||656 m / 2158 ft|
| Extra Loss:||349 m / 1148 ft|
| Distance:||5.2 km / 3.2 mi|
| Route:||NE face|
| Trailhead:||SE of N summit 440 m / 1444 ft|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Elevation Loss:||218 m / 721 ft|
| Extra Gain:||4 m / 16 ft|
| Distance:||1.2 km / 0.7 mi|
| Route:||NE face|
| Trailhead:||NE of S summit 533 m / 1749 ft|
| Time Down:||20 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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