Yesterday I biked from Anopoli to Skafidakia, altitude about 1250m, near Kefala.There I left my mountainbike and hiked northwards up to Kastro in my trailrunning shoes. No problem to avoid the snowfields by going sometimes left, sometimes right. After three and a half hour I stood on top of Kastro. Blue sky and clouds, almost no wind. For the descent I chose the East-face direction Niato - nice surfing in the snow, like on skis almost. Because of fog, that arouse immediately, it was not that easy to get the orientation. Via Trikoukia and Kali Lakkoi I got to my bike again (the last part of the path is strenuous - hard to find the right way). Conditions in the White Mountains are in my opinion excellent, if you are experienced in walking on snow - instead of loose rocks there are nice snowfields, and you do not sink in in the snow. For steeper slopes it is recommended to take a light ice-axe with you for security. I will for sure climb some other peaks of the Levka Ori in the next days.
Truck-Transport from Anopoli direction Roussies-Pachnes: At an altitude of about 1500m, cars are blocked because of snow in the curves above Agathopi.
By the way: Here a relive-film that was made of my ascent of Kastro: https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10005073413
- open this page and then click the orange square to watch it...