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Cicerone Guides: The Mountains of Greece: Trekking in the Píndhos Mountains

Walking / Outdoor Guide

Series: Cicerone Guides

By: Tim Salmon(Author), Michael Cullen(Contributor)

368 pages, colour photos, colour maps

Cicerone Press

Paperback | laminated cover (not waterproof) | Jun 2006 | Edition: 2 | #185375 | ISBN: 185284440X
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About this book

This book describes 41 challenging day walks in the mountains of Greece, that can be combined to make challenging long distance treks, in the Pindhos Range, near Athens and in the east coast and the Peloponnese areas. The walks demand a high degree of commitment and physical ability due to their remoteness and difficult terrain.

Most of Greece is mountains – beautiful, rugged, undeveloped, remote and yet accessible. Alpine pastures soften the harshness of the crags, forests fill the ravines and springs and rivers abound and many are over 2000m in altitude. They are hillwalkers' rather than climbers' mountains, but you do need to be in good physical shape to explore them. Routes – though not technical – are physically demanding because of the variations in altitude, the distances involved and the absence both of organised facilities for the walker and of the restorative creature comforts.

The routes described in The Mountains of Greece are arranged in three groups: the Píndhos Range, Athens and the East Coast, and the Peloponnese. The Píndhos Range accounts for the vast majority of them. They can be put together to form continuous multi-day hikes – including going the whole hog from Delphi to Albania – or treated as straightforward ascent of a single peak. Similarly, the routes described under the other two groups can be used as day walks or as building blocks for something longer. This book contains 23 route descriptions for the Píndhos Range, 7 for the Athens region and 11 for the Peloponnese area.

Walks are graded on a scale of 1 to 3. You will find that nearly all are graded 3, not because they require a high degree of technical expertise or involve any serious danger – with rare exceptions they do not. But they do demand a considerable degree of commitment because of their remoteness and inaccessibility, and the absence of organised facilities. Routes are often long, with nowhere to stop between start and finish. The terrain is unremittingly difficult and navigation often far from easy. Most of them are definitely not for the fainthearted or inexperienced.

'The Mountains of Greece opens up the remote hinterland and the best mountains, with plenty of peak-bagging days alongside treks to historical sites such as Delphi. It also includes my all-time favourite, the Zagori Circuit. Taking into account that many of the 41 routes could be connected to become one long expedition, the potential for trekking is immense. Whatever your attitude, if you are a keen hillwalker who likes the idea of exploring a remote, often challenging landscape, as far from the 9-5 daily grind as you can get on this planet, this book is required reading.' (Walking World Ireland Magazine / Sept 2006) 'Cicerone guides have evolved into handy plastic covered, heavy duty-paged, pocket-sized handbooks. This one is bang up-to-date, introducing the way that communities in the mountains have disappeared or evolved, with consequent changes to the tracks. It gives good advise about how to deal with these largely deserted ranges. Can't wait to do some of these wild mountain treks.' (Irish Mountain Log magazine / Autumn 2006) Within the 350 plus pages of the book, there are literally years upon years of walking, making this one of the best value books on walking in existance. Just dream, some high level walking finished off with a few days next to the Aegean! The Aitchison-Jones Walker's Pocket Book 2007


Traditional Mountain Life
A Little History
Flowers and Wildlife
Maps and Where to Find Them
Sleeping and Eating
‘Cave Canem’
Getting On with People
Weather and When to Go
What to Take
Emergency Services
Getting to the Mountains
Using this Book

The Píndhos Range
Chapter 1: South Central
A: Mt Parnasós
      Route 1 Parnasós Traverse: Velítsa to Delphi
B: Mt Ghióna
      Route 2 Ascent of Piramídha from Víniani via Reká ravine
      Route 3 Ascent of Piramídha from Kaloskopí
      Route 4 Ascent of Piramídha from Sikiá
      Route 5 Link to Mt Vardhoúsia
C: Mt Vardhoúsia
      Route 6 E4 Traverse: Áno Mousounítsa to Artotína
      Route 7 Áno Mousounítsa to Kórakas summit
      Route 8 Áno Mousounítsa to Skasméni to Mousounitsiótiki Dhiaséla to Artotína
      Route 9 Áno Mousounítsa to Karpenísi: ridge walk via Sarádena refuge
      Route 10 E4 Link: Artotína to Karpenísi and Ágrafa
D: Mt Íti
      Route 11 Íti Traverse: Pávliani to Ipáti
Chapter 2: Ágrafa
      Route 12 Lake-to-Lake Traverse: Kremastón to Plastíras
      Route 13 Asprórema Circuit from Epinianá
      Route 14 Khondéïka/Prosiliáko Circuit from Ágrafa
Chapter 3: Northern Ágrafa – Delidhími to Mesokhóra
      Route 15 Delidhími to Mesokhóra
      Route 16 Alternative route from Káli Kómi to Mesokhóra
Chapter 4: The Aspropótamos
      Route 17 Mesokhóra to Métsovo
      Route 18 Mt Peristéri/Tsoukaréla
Chapter 5: Northern Píndhos – Métsovo to the Albanian border
      Route 19 Métsovo to Mt Grámos
      Route 20 Mt Smólikas Traverse
Chapter 6: Zagóri and Mt Gamíla
      Route 21 Zágori Circuit
      Route 22 Zágori Circuit alternatives
      Route 23 Mt Gamíla and Aó'ós Gorge Traverse

Athens and the East Coast
Chapter 7: Mt Párnitha
      Route 24 Malakása Traverse
      Route 25 Summit Circuit
      Route 26 Khasiá Traverse
Chapter 8: Mt Olympus and the Pilion Peninsula
A: Mt Olympus
      Route 27 Mt Olympus Circuit
B: Mt Pilion
      Route 28a–e Mt Pílion Routes
Chapter 9: Mt Athos
      Route 29 Northern Circuit
      Route 30 Southern Circuit

The Peloponnese
Chapter 10: Mt Khelmós
      Route 31 Mégha Spílio monastery to Lake Tsivló
      Route 31a Link Tsivlós to Peristéra
      Route 32 Peristéra to Styx waterfall
      Route 33 Kalávrita to Styx waterfall
Chapter 11: Mt Párnon
      Route 34 HAC/EOS refuge to Profítis Ilías to Krónio summit to Malevís convent
      Route 35 Polídhroso to Stamatíra to Áyii Anáryiri monastery to Polídhroso
Chapter 12: Mt Taígetos (Tafgetos)
      Route 36 Taígetos Traverse via the Pendadháktilo ridge
      Route 37 Hikes around Anavrití
Chapter 13: Cape Maléas
      Route 38 Velanídhia to the lighthouse
      Route 39 The Monastery of Áyia Iríni
Chapter 14: The Máni
      Route 40 Cape Ténaro
      Route 41 Kiónia: the fallen columns
Appendix 1 Glossary
Appendix 2 Selected Bibliography
Appendix 3 Contact Information

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Tim Salmon first visited Greece in 1958. He has lived and worked in the country, visited countless times, written and translated books and articles, and made a film about shepherd life for Greek TV. Michael Cullen was born in Greece and spent his childhood there. In 1990 he set up his own trekking business and has spent most of the last fifteen years researching and leading hikes throughout the country, as well as compiling walking guidebooks.

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