Ascent of Kedhros Oros on 2012-04-01

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kedhros Oros
    Elevation:5830 ft / 1776 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed Kedhros the morning after our Kofinas ascent. We went up from Kissos although think there is a better route from Kentrochori, described below.

We drove through the village of Kissos and slept in the car on the monastery road. Early next morning we found a parking spot at the top edge of the village, N35.19212 E24.56440, 635m. From here an unpaved road heads initially north for a few metres then turns east at N35.19258 E24.56495. It runs out in a few hundred metres. There is a rudimentary stile and we head east through flowery fields, finding the occasional paint mark. There are frequent fences, which can be awkward to cross although there are rudimentary gates if you can find them. There are occasional markers indicating the E-4 long distance path, believe it or not!

The key to the ascent is a large boulder at N35.18945 E24.57872 which marks the start of a zigzag path. It appears that this point could be more easily reached via a farm track from the village of Kentrochori(turning at N35.180804 E24.575078 shown on Google Earth), provided there are no access issues (Crete seems quite walker friendly in this regard).

We head up the zigzags which bring us to a saddle at N35.19624 E24.57593, 956m. From here the path is a little vague but heading east we soon see a rock face with obvious paint marks indicating an easy scramble up at N35.19440 E24.58050, 1088m. The route generally follows the ridge: there are a few tops, variously bypassed or occasionally crossed. The route is reasonably well waymarked; see saved gpx track for details.

Near the summit are a few snow slopes (these would be gone in summer). One steepish slope needs crossing; we manage ok in trail/fell shoes. The summit (N35.18193 E24.61791, 1762m, GPS horizontal accuracy 3m)is marked with a damaged cylindrical triangulation pillar. There are several lower summits; one just before (NW of) the summit has a rudimentary shrine; all with a lot of exposed limestone. There is a chilly wind and after a summit snack we head down.

From the boulder at the foot of the zigzags we follow a higher line of paint marks on a reasonably defined trail. However we fail to find a good way back to Kissos and I recommend trying an ascent from Kentrochori as mentioned above.

After lunch we make the shorter ascent of Sidherotas.

Kedhros photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3845 ft / 1171 m
    Extra Gain:49 ft / 14 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:west ridge
    Trailhead:Kissos  2083 ft / 634 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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