Ascent of Óros Óssa on 2009-11-14

Climber: Robert Murray

Date:Saturday, November 14, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Óros Óssa
    Elevation:1978 m / 6490 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I left my apartment in Varkiza at 5:40 am to drive up to Mount Kisavos. It took about 3 1/2 hours to get to the village of Spilia which I used as my base. I stayed in the hotel Metoxi which is the first hotel you encounter coming into the village. There are two brothers who own the place (Costas and John). Costas spoke english very well as was the one to greet me when I arrived. I had a drink and a snack at the hotel and then started off for the path which heads up the south west ridge (called Iskios). I didn't find any signs or trail markers even though this path is on my map. The path leads up center of the ridge which seems to be an old lateral moraine. The ridge is open and quickly there are great views back over the village and out to Mount Olympus, which had snow on the top 600- 800 meters. I was heading towards the pass which junctions with the long distance trail (O2)which cross Mt.Olympus and Mt. Kisavos. The last section of the ridge until the pass is through a nice pine forest, however, I was a bit nervous as it was hunting season and I could hear gun shots. I put on a bright red jacket and quickly passed this area. From the pass it is a steady climb up the south face which then follows around the rim of the cirque to the summit. The slope is mostly open with a few trees and the top is above tree line (1700 meters). I reach the top in 2hours 40 minutes, my map indicated it would take 3 1/2 hours. The views from the summit where outstanding. The mountain sits right on the coast so you have a view almost directly down to the sea, up and down the coast. To the north is spectactular Mt Olympus, to the west in the distance is the line of the Pindos Mountains (which were snow covered) and to the south Mt Pellion. There is a sunken chapel on the summit. I then continued to follow the O2 trail to the north and down to the refuge which was closed. I was a bit surprised as it was a beautiful weekend. The refuge is on the begining of the tarmac road which goes back to the village. The O2 trail decends to the village crossing the tarmac road a few times. The trail follows the old stone road (mule path) which is now in bad disrepair.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1288 m / 4226 ft
    Elevation Loss:1288 m / 4226 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1288 m / 4226 ft
    Extra Loss:60 m / 197 ft
    Trailhead:750 m / 2461 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1228 m / 4029 ft
    Trailhead:750 m / 2461 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 10 Minutes

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