Vardousia is a mountain in northwestern Phocis and southwestern Phthiotis, Greece. Its highest peak, Korakas reaches 2,495 m (8,186 ft) above sea level, making it the second-tallest summit in Central Greece after Giona. It is a southern extension of the Pindus mountains. It is divided into three main parts: Northern Vardousia, whose highest peak is Sinani at 2,059 metres (6,755 feet), the very steep Western Vardousia, whose highest peak is Soufles at 2,300 metres (7,500 feet), and Southern Vardousia, with the highest peak of Korakas. The whole range measures about 25 kilometres (16 miles) from north to south.
The Vardousia is drained by tributaries of the river Spercheios to the north, the Mornos to the east and south, and the Evinos to the west. The Panaitoliko mountains are to the west, Tymfristos to the northwest, Oeta to the east and Giona to the southeast.
Vardousia mountains is perhaps the most interesting mountain in Greece for winter mountaineering activities, alpine climbs and even steep ice climbing activities. In fact there are numerous of alpine climbing routes such as the following ones
Vardousia – Gidovouni
Vardousia – Gioni To Plai
Vardousia – Korakas
Vardousia – Koryfi 2437
Vardousia – Pano Psilo
Vardousia – Pyramida
Vardousia – Skorda Mousounitsas
Vardousia – Skorda Pitimalikou
Vardousia – Skoufia
The route for the famous Lion’s couloir starts from the EOOA mountain shelter and the beginning of the route is on a slope which is about 35-40 degrees up to the rocky area of the couloir. From the first rocks, the steepness of the slope starts to get more serious and on some parts exceeds the 60 degrees of steepness. It was a lovely climb up to the rocks but due to the steepness of the slope we needed to secure our selves with snow pickets on a couple of part of the route.
Details of the climb:
Location: Vardousia Mountains
Starting Point: Athanasios Diakos / Profitis Elias