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vicino a Proástio, West Greece (Greece)
This is a rather tough MTB tour under every respect: length, altitude gain, orientation, complemented by the typical big danger of Peloponnese, namely, that of unleashed dogs.
This was also the first time that I did not look for the route on the spot: namely, with the aid of Google Earth I had prepared a track sketch that I had uploaded on my Garmin GPS. This very rough object, together with the freely downloaded Pegasus map of Greece, was absolutely necessary in order not to get fooled by the innumerable forks and junctions of dirt roads that one finds up on this very extended mountain. Without these tools, in 2004 I had not even been able to reach a height of 1000 metres, that time accessing the mountain from the side of Mavromandila.
The encounter at Veteika with the asphalt (left very early, at Ano Kastritsi) would be the natural ending for the track, but I chose to lead it further, to the junction with the main road Patra-Kalavrita. Namely, if your intention is to go on in direction Erymanthos, the shortcut offered by a certain little dirt road could turn out to be precious.
PHOTOS: WORK IN PROGRESS.
In particular, the stitched panoramas will be added later.
Here the description of the summit panorama http://www.panorama-photo.net/panedit.php?pid=21340:
A 360° from the highest summit of the Panachaïko, the bulky mountain dominating Patrasso and the whole region of Achaïa, which is the NW edge of Peloponnese.
I had developed the desire to climb this mountain already in far 2003, when for the first time I had ended a bicycle tour in Patrasso. That time I had climbed what I call my "Seven Summits": the northernmost ones of which, Klinovec and Brocken, lie perhaps too far away to be seen from here. However, the two southernmost are in sight: the Parnassos, in clouds on the other side of the Gulf of Korinthos, and the Helmos, well in sight right of the less visible Cillenes.
The central mountain of Peloponnese, which is the Menalos, hosting a ski centre as well as Parnassos and Helmos, is also visible. Diversely, its highest mountain, the Taygetos, is theoretically visible right of the Erymanthos, but this theory does not come to reality in a summer day.
Last village on the mountain. There is a big fountain in the vicinity of the main church. so you do not need to bring a water provision from the coast.
In a panoramic spot little after the village.
Isolated villa on a switchback. Little down there are shelters with free dogs - necessary to shout before passing through.
Little after a fork where I took the lower track.
Lonely place; you find only some beehives here.
To be honest, I did not trust this water. I still had a provision from below.
Go up here. The lower road goes probably to a some mitato.
Let us say that you find also very nasty people up these Greek mountains. Maybe only their dogs are worse. While I was taking the photo of the shelter a shepherd intimated to me to keep the road and not to "look too much around"!!
Located in an utmost panoramic place. I found it locked, however in case of an emergency there would be space outside for a sleeping bag.
From here on, you will probably need to push for some minutes!! After a while, however, the gradient normalizes.
I found it locked, but I could sleep at the entrance. Some people on a leaving 4WD wanted also to leave me some of their provisions!!
Here I left the bicycle in order to go for the main summit.
The trigonometric point, marked by a column, is not actually the highest one. I bossted the latter by improved its summit cairn, under which I found hidden a manuscript left by USA climbers... The EOS signpost "Palavos, 1926 m" is on top of the column.
I explored a little bit the track pointing eastwards.
I found it decorated with some cows.
At least, so I presume. Take left and stay high here.
This nice building also marks the end of the inhabited section. Little below begin the first stables - be careful and watch out for dogs.
Barely readable signpost.
Excellent finding, at this point of the tour!
At this fork, in front of a hill dominated by a white church, I decided to followed my track sketch, although it led steeply on the mountain flank. Going straight perhaps one would give an easier ending to the tour, and also avoid many threatening dogs.
In this stretch the track becomes so rough that it seems to come to a dead end, but this is not the case.
Here begins the hidden valley leading down to Avriokampos - the first group of, seemingly, permanently inhabited houses that one finds after Ano Souli.
Signposts at the junction with the "main" road to Selianitika, which is however a dirt one. Little groups of houses all around.
Should be the highest point of that road. From here I see the eastward-looking saddle that I had reached up on the mountain.
Here you finally you find the asphalt.
A dirt road provides a shortcut in direction Erymanthos, otherwise you would have to go no less than through Halandritsa!!