Ascent to Makriplani-east summit on 2011-04-25

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Makriplani - east summit
    Elevation:4432 ft / 1350 m
    Remaining Elevation:46 ft / 14 m (71% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

After our early morning Arakhnaion Oros ascent, we headed back towards Athens, crossing the Corinthian canal - a striking deep limestone cutting.

We left the E94 motorway and drove though the town of Megara. This was complicated by the fact that the Satnav had the one-way system wrong, but we found our way through and picked up the road to the village of Chani Dreveni.

The Makriplani turnoff is just beyond this village: a L turn at N38.02211 E23.21002. The road is initially concrete but soon deteriorates to gravel/dirt - never very bad but fairly rough in places and requiring care in a normal passenger car. The summit is dominated by a large air traffic control mast, although the highest point is a limestone outcrop (N38.02038 E23.13251, 1351m), unfenced and easily reached from the highpoint of the dirt road.

post visit note: Andy Martin visited in 2014 and reports the summit to be 0.5m further W at 38.01888 23.12302 1379 m. Thus we did not summit after all

From the turnoff, the drive-up took 40 minutes, and the descent a similar time. We then headed back to the airport.

Thus ended a very enjoyable trip, tough at times ( Liakoura/Parnassos ! ), including 22 summits of which 21 were P600m and 7 were Ultras.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:19 ft / 5 m
    Total Elevation Loss:19 ft / 5 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:19 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    Route:drive-up from Chani Dreveni
    Start Trailhead:drive-up from Chani Dreveni  4413 ft / 1345 m
    Time:1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:19 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    End Trailhead:transmitter access road  4413 ft / 1345 m

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