Ascent of Óros Pílio on 2014-09-20

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Óros Pílio
    Elevation:5282 ft / 1609 m

Ascent Trip Report

aka Pourianos Stavros

We climb this summit the day after our Olympus ascent, driving over the previous evening. We follow Petter Bjorstad's route - although our very brief stay at the summit appears to be undetected.

The route forks L off the main (minor!) highway at N39.48077 E23.09478 and we follow Petter's driving directions as far a hairpin N39.47117 E23.07221, 927m just before a muddy stretch which our Audi A4 probably wouldn't have managed - Andrew did well to drive as far as he did. It's apple harvest time: around 0700 several pickups drive past carrying pickers and ladders. The big red apples look very good: great crop of sweet chestnuts too.

We follow Petter's directions to the summit. The only issue we have is with the coordinates for the shortcut: bottom and top are N39.45794 E23.06401 and N39.45718 E23.06281 respectively.

On arrival at the summit area, once at the top edge of the beechwood, the highest point is immediately L of the radar dome. To minimise change of detection it is best to go R of the small beech copse (structures at far R end were unmanned) then walk up paved road; only the final 500m are exposed to view, if anyone happens to be looking. A quick GPS reading and back down. 1606m is my reading (expected vertical accuracy +/-6m). A sign we pass en route (N39.46350 E23.06623) includes a 1625 spot height but this seems unlikely; even so the prominence would only be 1488m.

We head north planning to climb Mt Ossa in the afternoon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2257 ft / 687 m
    Total Elevation Loss:16 ft / 4 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2257 ft / 687 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2241 ft / 683 m; Extra: 16 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:16 ft / 4 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Start Trailhead:3041 ft / 926 m
    Time:2 Hours 
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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