Climbing God's throne: No steps, no ladders, no help

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To get close to peak of the Mount Olympus, it takes quite an ordeal. It's not only a tour, it's a torture! After all, here we are on the way to the highest mountain in Greece, which is also one of the highest peaks in Europe. Its summit, Mytikas, rises to 2,917 meters above sea level.

It looks like a steep tooth in the flat land surrounded by an elongated mountain massif. This is breathtaking and it declares why this peak is one of the most famous in the world. The area around the massif was the first region in Greece to be declared a national park in 1938.

The last steps up are steep as a wall
The last steps up are steep as a wall

After our hike through the Enipeas Gorge (read here) we're now climbing Greeks giant. It needs two days to conquer the summit - first part is here, now follow me on the rest of the path.

Only the guide smiles (right)
Only the guide smiles (right)

With its overwhelming beauty, remoteness and majesty, it is not surprising that the ancient Greeks believed it to be the home of their most important gods, who sit on the Mytikas peak. Godfather Zeus they believe, has his throne here, at a place in a little bit thin air, under clouds from the sea and with a wide angle view on the whole world. Okay, only the european part.

This birds have a rest 2.900 meters high
This birds have a rest 2.900 meters high

Hiking here, however, is not hiking in the usual sense, even though climbing Mount Olympus is considered the highlight of hiking in Greece. Rather, climbing is required here, with helmet and rope and rope partner, hooks, eyes and harnesses.

The summit!
The summit!

One notices little of the extraordinary biodiversity and rich flora for which Mount Olympus is praised because of all the excitement. If you got your helmet, your view on the things is quiet different.

No one knows where the ladder goes - Bright Eyes
No one knows where the ladder goes - Bright Eyes

No thought of it however more after leaving the hut, from which a seemingly endless zigzagging hiking trail leads upward. The tree line is far behind, the first glimpses of the peaks of Mount Olympus become possible. This is really not a hill, but a cliff that rises vertically into the sky. No way up is to be discovered, there high to the plateau of the Muses and to the Mytikas peak, the small plateau, where greece ends at his highest high.

View from above
View from above

The early rising still in the bones, necessary to make it back the same day, pulls the chain of hikers uphill. The weather is good, a little fog only, but as with any mountain climb, the chances of climbing the Mytikas depend largely on the weather and conditions on the mountain. Loose gravel is rolling under our foots, the mountain flanks are slippery and overgrown with mosses. Some paths are already difficult to climb, even before the alleged path to the summit comes into view.

Much mountains, tiny little humans
Much mountains, tiny little humans

The whole way become more difficult the nearer you come to the mountain himself. The final steps are actually a wide rocky gully, which rises almost vertically to the top. No steps, no ladders, no help. Only a few hooks in the rocks to which the rescue rope can be attached. Who falls here, falls deep. Who climbs nevertheless, passes the lower summit of Skala at 2,866 meters and is still not up. It needs a few more careful steps, a few falling boulders, a bit of gritting of the tooth. Just don't look down into the endless abyss that seems to reach down to the sea!

It’s much more steeper than it looks like
It's much more steeper than it looks like

The summit than compensates for everything, all the anxiety and fear and effort. From the top there is a breathtaking view that reaches as far as Bulgaria and Albania. An infinitely liberating feeling. Only the sky above your head and the whole world at your feet. Merely the view downwards is so frightening. How are you suppose to get back down to earth over this steep wall? Is it possible to to slide down on the bottom of your pants? Or will Zeus send a ladder to save us?

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A few more pictures for you: 

The rope that saves lifes
The rope that saves lifes

This view is true
This view is true

If you’re a few meters away in the fog, you don’t you know what’s coming
If you're a few meters away in the fog, you don't you know what's coming

The throne looks like a teeth
The throne looks like a teeth

Clouds from above.
Clouds from above.

A plate to remember
A plate to remember

On the way up
On the way up

The Olympus massif
The Olympus massif


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This is not just climbing an ordinary mountain, it takes special techniques and reflects from previous experience to reach the top

Mount Olympus looks scary and dangerous to me . The photos are stunning.

Thank you, it's worth the ride!

Wow.

Yeah don't think I'm going or dog... But wow. You went for us.

And I can just imagine the elevation gains.

Incredible. Thank you for sharing this. I am in awe. That truly is gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing from me and dog...

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Stunning views! What an experience

What a climb and adventure of a lifetime. Wish I was there...

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