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Ascent to Olympus-Skala-9445 on 2015-09-04

Climber: GINNETH ORJUELA

Date:Friday, September 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Olympus-Skala - 9445
    Location:Greece
    Elevation:9570 ft / 2916 m
    Remaining Elevation:-167 ft / -50 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Best hike ever in my whole life...
Started around 11:30 p.m in a hot summer night, I was traveling with family so I didn't have much time to do this hike, plus there was a Marathon or running event the next morning, so everyone in town advise me to be in and out before the event started because my taxi wouldn't be able to pick me up at the trail head and that would add extra miles for me to go back to town.
I was a bit afraid to do the hike alone. The trail was clear and well marked, my GPS and phone worked perfectly all trip long. I hike in the dark and was able to take rest stop to hear nature and nocturnal animals, I hear a waterfall but in my map there was not water at all, so that's when I realize it was the wind echoing between the mountains.... , the night was clear and beautiful, I didn't use my head lamp most of the trail. In one of my rest stop I notice there were like little ants on the trail, but there were black tiny scorpions, so after that no more sitting on the floor. I continue my hiking up to the mountain and got above tree line, it was magnificent, clear night , tons of stairs; I saw a moving light towards me and there was a hiker getting out of the peak, I didn't make any conversation I didn't want to people know I was hiking alone but it was obvious....
after a while there was no more marked trail.
Things got very different after I passed the refuge, the trail was harder, more rocky and lots of loose rocks, not sure how I manage to keep going up because I felt going backward more than forward. I passed a couple of people sleeping along the trail ( very brave people) and I tried to follow the cairns but it was extremely difficult due to the terrain, I reach a sign on the trail that makes you aware of the cliff below you but in the night you don't really see it, which was good in my case, I got there around 3:00 a.m. and decided to wait till 5:00 a.m. to see daylight and climb the final peak; but the wind started to pickup speed, there was no place to hide from the wind, I started to climb up and see if I find anything to keep me away from the wind but found nothing, it was hard to keep the balance of my body and fell a couple of times, there was some gust wind that it really got me scared and I stay on the floor until it passed, since there is nothing on the floor to grab on , I just decided to quit! I started descending and when it was safe to check my GPS I realized that I was very close to summit but hey the Mountain is there always and next time I will bring my offers to the gods.
I got back to trail head around 6:45 a.m. , I called my taxi and had coffee at the base of the mountain while waiting for him, I was so lucky to get off before the runners get in. I didn't summit it, but climbing Mount Olympus has been one of the most beautiful mountaineering experiences I ever had.
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    Weather:Summer, clear night and gusty winds



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