Ascent of Óros Fengari on 2014-09-16

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Óros Fengari
    Elevation:5285 ft / 1610 m

Ascent Trip Report

A beautiful route on a fine rugged mountain.

After our Pangaion ascent we continue East to Alexandropouli, arriving early evening for a nice seafood meal - day 3 and our first decent meal! We find a nice parking spot on the minor road north of he motorway for overnight.

Next morning we get into town by 0730 and go straight to the ferry terminal and buy tickets at the ticket booth, €116 for car plus two people, cash not credit card. Tickets can also be bought at Sever Travel located on the street directly opposite the ferry terminal entrance, one block back from the shore road.

It's a typical jumbo size ferry, with no problem getting a car space on this non holiday weekday. The ferry boards at 0800, leaves at 0900, arriving 1100, and boards again at 1800 for a 1900 departure. So we have 7 hours for this peak (and no return ferry tomorrow if we foul up). In fact we have 6h25 as the ferry is a little late arriving and we are last off. As Petter Bjorstad mentions, ferry timetables vary frequently so should be checked prior to the trip.

Petter's report is useful for us as we need an efficient ascent. The SatNav suggests a more direct route to his upper trailhead but it doesn't exist on the ground and we use his. At N40.49763 E25.60347 it's best to avoid the steep driveway and turn R a few metres later and drive past the front of the building. The dirt road is a little rough and steep in places but our Audi A4 makes it Ok. There's a gate which we leave tied closed as we found it. We park under a large shady tree where the road ends N40.49140 E25.59123, 302m.

We arrive at 1200 with rucksacks packed and leave a couple of minutes later. We're confident we can do the peak in 5 hours: 1300m ascent on trail. We follow the dirt road R of the shady tree, marked with frequent E6 signs on trees, which soon becomes a foot trail, climbing then soon descending a little to cross a stream - as usual I take the chance to douse my head with cool water - although the temp isn't that hot, there's a breeze and we in the shade of oak woodland for much of the climb.

At N40.48652 E25.59606 the trail bends R and we join a path shown on openstreetmap. There's no obvious sign of a trail coming up from the L, but from here it accurately shows our route to the summit. As described by Petter, the route climbs a nice wooded spur and then traverses L, descending a little to cross another stream (more head dunking) then ascends to the next spur, which it turns sharp L N40.47257 E25.59090 and climbs, through bracken (yes bad old Pteridium) then Juniper before a longish rocky section (no E6 markers but plenty of red paint) to arrive at the first top N40.46546 E25.58206 which has a battered trig pillar, same design as Pangaion yesterday but missing its metalwork. From here a nice scrambly ridge, easy YDS3, perhaps YDS2+ if route chosen carefully, but a little exposed in places.

We're at the summit (N40.46239 E25.58464, taller slender trig pillar with small mast adjacent) in 2 hours from the car. Except the next summit 250m further East looks a little higher. Beyond it is another summit which is probably lower. I let the GPS settle, take a reading (1611m) then we head to the other point (cairn, N46.4618, E25.5878). This reads 1615m ie 4m higher - probably an over estimate and within the expected 6m error range, but backing our visual impression. This is the location given by Jonathan de Ferranti in a dataset he provided me in 2011 and which is shown on Google Maps. The first (apparently lower) point is from his website P590 file which I think I downloaded a year or two later.

Having time in hand we visit the far east summit (bypassing R of an obviously lower summit using a neat rubbly rake). This has a nice slender cairn N40.4578, E25.5918, 1605m and a great view of the rugged East of the island, and we think the GPS is right in making it significantly lower. From here the second (cairn) summit looks a little higher than the left hand (2nd trig and small mast). On the way back I GPS both tops: this time 1619 and 1617 respectively.

We descend in 1h30, (4h30 round trip) then drive very carefully back down to the paved road. First car in the ferry queue, 1735, 25 mins in hand, return tickets already bought - excellent! Nice calm ferry ride back to mainland. We fancy slipping in a non ultra tomorrow: the P1200m Thassos island highpoint Ipsarion.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4423 ft / 1348 m
    Extra Gain:66 ft / 20 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Trailhead:994 ft / 302 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+ (3)
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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