Ascent of Afkades on 2012-04-04

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:4961 ft / 1512 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed Afkades after our morning ascent of the two Titiron summits.

From the northwest an unpaved road leaves the main highway at N35.30008 E24.20229 on a hairpin bend. We drive about 500m and park at N35.29962 E24.20613, 761m just before a rutted section too rough for our rather low clearance rental car. With a more capable vehicle it would be possible to drive several km further although the road was snow drifted higher up at the time of our visit (would be snow free in summer).

We hike the main unpaved road, shortly keeping R at N35.29715 E24.20762. At N35.28903 E24.21648 turn sharply R then in 100m keep L following the main dirt road (we missed this turn and went too far NE before making an entertaining but rather messy beeline for the summit).

Follow the road to N35.28273 E24.23179, 1212m then head S up an easy angled scree gully making a beeline for the summit. The route from here is complex with various sink holes, re-entrants and little rocky summits to avoid. Andrew took a very efficient line on the way down - see saved gpx track.

The summit (N35.26979 E24.22988, 1506m, horizontal accuracy 5m) is marked by a damaged cylindrical triangulation pillar with a short wind shelter wall built on - very welcome in the strong cold southerly wind.

We enjoyed a hazy view of the Lefka range (Pachnes) which we had summitted a few days earlier, then headed down. We then drove to Rethymno for a meal then on to the Psiloritis trailhead ready for tomorrow's ascent.

Afkades photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3202 ft / 974 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3202 ft / 975 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3120 ft / 950 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2464 ft / 751 m; Extra: 656 ft / 199m
    Loss on way in:656 ft / 199 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:from NW
    Start Trailhead:Askyfou  2497 ft / 761 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2546 ft / 776 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2464 ft / 751 m; Extra: 82 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:82 ft / 24 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    End Trailhead:Askyfou  2497 ft / 761 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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