Ascent of Merovigli on 2021-09-21

Climber: Deividas Valaitis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
    Elevation:1972 ft / 601 m

Ascent Trip Report

I disembarked at 36.222138, 27.612666. Funny experience. I was sleeping on the ferry and woke up close to the stop. I looked out the window and noticed a high rocky mountain. I looked at the phone map and noticed waypoints. I went out to the closest shop to buy water. I walked from the shop to the street, and I started to feel that something was wrong. Tilos Island, according to the guides, should have taxis, buses, and car rentals. None were presented. So I looked again at my map. It's a different island. Uhh.. It's called Chalki. By this time, the ferry was disappearing behind the coastline rocks. OK, good reason to execute plan B (I had waypoints marked, just in case there were no other interesting peaks left nearby). I checked if my ferry was going to stop here on the way back, and after receiving a positive answer, I started walking to the Chalki high point.

Paved road to an elevation of 450 meters. Nice walk, even if it was +32 degrees Celsius. But fine, I had water and sufficient time. The ferry leaves in 7 hours. I met zero cars and three hikers who were returning from a monastery. At the point of 36.232593, 27.575319, there is a small meteo station. From here, I walked directly to the summit, micromanaging between stones and goat trails. Jumping on ridge stones was a little easier, and soon I reached the lower SW summit. The summit is marked with a small cairn. I measured the altitude with a phone, and got 586m. It's not a very precise device, but likely better than topo lines (I hope so). The real highpoint was still 400m to the NE. Nothing complicated, but 50 metres re-ascending. The OSM high point's name is Merovigli. Highpoint is marked with an octagonal concrete trig pillar. The summit offers nice views of the whole island and surrounding islets. I measured altitude with a phone again. I've got 598m... almost there... Uhh. On the way down, I walked straight to the point: 36.228222, 27.589666. I noticed this point on the way up. There is some building, maybe a shrine. But this appears to be one of the two closest roads to the summit. Reaching this point was more or less easy, and likely more efficient than my ascending route. I think I cut 1 km. OK, close to the building there is a quite steep rocky descent. The goat trails were helpful again. Maybe this steeper part can be avoided if one walks more towards the main road. The road is fenced, but the gate was not locked.

There are three good things about this hike:

1) On the day of the climb, no one had reported this peak. So, a "new" route was established.

2) At the end of the hike, I jumped into the sea at an altitude of minus 1 meter. refreshing.

3) I looked up Halki_(Greece) on Wikipedia. found that the highest point was 601 m. WOW! It could be, that this is one more Greece P600. In such a case, my small morning adventure has a totally different meaning;);) So far, I've discovered that while a few online maps show highpoint altitudes of 592–593m, the majority of online maps show highpoint altitudes of 601m. I will update you with my findings.

A very good day, and a nice find. And I'm hoping I won't miss the Tilos stop tomorrow (update - I made it).

2h20 up, 5h30 round trip, including 0h20 at the top and 0h40 at the beach.

Photos from Merovigli - 601m

Thanks to everyone, especially Rob, Jonathan, Mark, and Greg, who helped resolve this question. Peak altitude, prominence, and name have been updated.  
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1972 ft / 601 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1972 ft / 601 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.8 mi / 14.1 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1972 ft / 601 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1972 ft / 601 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    End Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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