Ascent of Profitis Ilias on 2011-04-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Profitis Ilias
    Elevation:6499 ft / 1980 m

Ascent Trip Report

We'd noticed that this is the Peloponnese third most prominent summit (yet another Profitis Ilias!) so we headed there next on our way back from Óros Taigetos (Profitis Ilias) to Athens, to complete the 1-2-3.

A paved mountain road passes W of the summit, with a ski resort on the opposite side of the road. A locked gate at N37.64596 E22.26772, 1532m, E side of road, is a convenient trailhead. From here a dirt road climbs NE, with a signed diversion around a house. Shortly the road turns L and the trail continues straight (E), signposted. This main trail is the E4 long distance path. In a few metres another trail forks R, towards the summit. The summit trail is well marked by paint, although there are a few variations. It makes an ascending traverse R, and in time a summit comes into view. However the true summit is out of sight, up to the L, and the trail seems to run out (the terrain is easy). The summit is marked by a cairn by a damaged square trig pillar, at N37.64373 E22.27998, 1977m, with a small shrine on a post nearby. The summit rocks were covered in hundreds of densely-packed ladybirds, an effect I've previously seen on the Crete island highpoint.

In a while we jogged back down. On the way north we made a diversion for Klokos, which looked like it should be a drive-up, although this wasn't the way it turned out...

Trip photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1473 ft / 448 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:E4 and N face
    Trailhead:Road NW of summit  5026 ft / 1531 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes

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