Tymfi - Gamila I - NE. Face

Odysseia

Rock, Traditional

The first ascent of the route "Odysseia" (VII+ A1, 430m) was realized on 21-23/7/1998 by H. Kouniakis - D. Titopoulos, while V. Mitsiou - N. Hatzis also contributed to the first efforts for the opening up of this route, in 1994. The line moves a little bit to the right of "Mprokon - Idosidi" and follows an almost straight course. Opening up the route involved 2 bivouacs, while a portaledge was used for the first time in Greece.

The line is located on a quite remote crag and it is characterized by difficulty reaching ratings such as VII+ at free climbing passages, big elevation of 350m and 13 pitches of a 430m total length. Those are also the reasons why the route was named "Odysseia" (Odyssey). However, the beauty of this line will certainly compensate anyone who chooses to climb it.

Useful equipment for climbing "Odysseia" is a set of nuts and friends, while you can always have a hammer and some pitons in your rucksack just in case.

All belays are adequately equipped, and so return is possible by abseiling from R10. Halfway the 6th pitch you will find an intermediate belay which facilitates abseiling. After R10, it would be better to exit at the summit and return by walking.

The upper part of the route

The lower part of the route

Source: Anevenontas i. 3 - i. 10, Korfes i.134
Photographs:
Translation: E. Katsikerou
Editing: Routes.gr
Area: Tymfi
Location: Gamila I
Published: 2003-05-01
Modified: 2011-05-27