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Ascent of Gramos on 2020-10-14

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gramos
    Location:Albania/Greece
    Elevation:8278 ft / 2523 m

Ascent Trip Report

After yesterday afternoon's Velia ascent

It's possible to park NNE of the summit at about 2000m, I later discover, making for a quite short ascent. Following Chris Upson's 2015 route, however, I climb from SE, Aetomilitsa, paved road to a nice paved parking area, then hike a small road, a scruffy path uphill beside a stream, then a muddy track leads to a metal bridge crossing a river. From here the OpenStreetMap path angles R uphill crossing what looks like avalanche damaged terrain (no visible path), then climbs through trees, with occasional paint marks, to join a jeep track, shortcutting a couple of bends then rejoining the track for a few minutes before the summit route makes an obvious fork R bypassing a minor summit (2166m P46) then turning R; from here there's a good path all the way to the summit. The path bypasses R of 2442m P177 Perifano. There's a cold S wind and it snowed overnight, with snow lying above 2300m, my first snow of the season. Path descends passing R of another summit then a neat descending traverse L on a shelf. The snowy summit of Gramos is now visible, 3km away but looking closer in the clear air. Across a col then a ridge, a little scrambly and the main path avoids it, keeping L, descending slightly. Happy to keep out of the cold wind I follow it; the path regains the ridge at a 2381m P60 unnamed summit, then a simple descent and snowy ascent lead to Gramos, square trig pillar at highpoint, missing its top plaque. A Greek couple arrive a few seconds after me: they've driven into the valley and parked their VW Transporter at the NE foot of the peak, just 500m below. We leave the chilly summit after enjoying decent views. After the 2381m summit I follow the rocky ridge, a little easy scrambling, some difficult ground bypassed, a roofless shelter at a minor summit, then visit Perifano which has the stump of a cylindrical trig pillar, and the 2166m P46m summit which has a tatty cylindrical trig pillar and a WW2 war memorial, then back down to Aetomilitsa. 3h15 up, 15mins on summit, 3h down.

I stop at Konitsa to get a puncture repaired (I'd needed to put on the spacesaver spare wheel at Aetomilitsa before the climb), and the tyre man suggests I visit Aoos Gorge, a quite impressive feature snd a popular walk starting at the village: this passes an interesting hour and a half before sunset. He explains it's a possible route to tomorrow's peak Gamila - but a difficult way: I'll take the standard route tomorrow.

Gramos photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3504 ft / 1068 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3504 ft / 1068 m
    Distance:14.9 mi / 24 km
    Start Trailhead:4774 ft / 1455 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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