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Trad Climbing on Artemisio Mountain - Greece


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John Olympus · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0
Artemisio mountain is on the border between Arcadia and Argolis, in the Municipalities of Argos-Mycenae and Tripolis respectively. It forms part of the mountain range that connects the Argolic Gulf with the Corinthian, and as such, it borders with Lyrkeio mountain on the north and with Ktenia mountain on the south. On its west is the plateau of Mantineia. Its tallest peak is 1,771 metres in height.

We have visited this mounted on different occasions either as a winter mountaineering activity, or for scrambling on the Arete of Artemisio and each time we have great adventures. Though, for this ascent, we wanted to try something more extreme and relatively more dangerous, and that was the trad climb of the rocky north face of Artemisio.

See full trip report with many more photos and map here: https://olympusmountaineering.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/trad-climbing-on-artemisio-mountain/


Approach
 
Usually hikers and climbers depart from Karya, on the east side of Artemisio. Two trails of different difficulty begin from there, one requiring special knowledge and equipment. In general, Artemisio’s trails are through the canyons and on its slopes, and are a popular destination for both mountain climbing and hiking; though hikers who don’t want to climb or don’t have the knowledge and equipment, should choose the easier trail from Karya. The trails are have good signals to aide the travellers.

For our ascent instead, we had to drive a bit further into a local road that connects the village of Karya and Nestani. Just after Ag. Konstantinos chapel, we have parked our car and we started our approach hike towards the base of the pyramid of Artemisio’s peak.

The hike is very easy, but the trail is not signed and therefore one has to study the route before hand.



History of the mountain
According to Pausanias, a sanctuary dedicated to goddess Artemis, patron of hunters and wild nature, used to sit on its peak. The Roman traveller mentions the sacred grove of Itamoi, a European Yew that is very toxic, and according to mythology, the goddess used it to poison her arrows; unfortunately, the grove has not survived. Today, very few fir trees survive. The river Inachos has its spring on the mountain, its mouth in the Argolic gulf, and is one of the few springs that can be used for those who decide to climb the mountain.

See full trip report with many more photos and map here: https://olympusmountaineering.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/trad-climbing-on-artemisio-mountain/

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Albert S Wiley · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2018 · Points: 0

Artemis was the Goddess of forest, archery, nature, Hillis, Moon. She was the daughter of Zeus. I read some resources of her.
BTW, I read your article. You did great. Have you tried the Mushrooms?

John Olympus · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

@Albert S Wiley

Thanks for reading the full article and glad to know about the Goddess of Archery (forest, nature etc.).
No, I have not tried the mushrooms. I am not very familiar with mushroom picking and I don't want to end up having "mystical" experiences up on the mountain :)

Again, thanks for reading

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