Took the day off work today and went hiking with the guys. We decide to go and climb up Mount Dirfi in Evia. An hour and a half later we were at Steni . At an altitude of 425m it is the last village we meet before our way up. We were expecting clear skies and sun but unfortunately the mountain top was covered by clouds and strong winds ripped the slopes.
We drove till the refuge at 1045m. Parked the cars and started our hike to the summit at 1750m.
A few meters higher the cloud covered the mountain slopes and limited our visibility of the trail and deprived us from the magnificent view. Luckily there were windows of clear skies but only lasted a few seconds to a couple of minutes, enough to get our bearings, check were everybody was and enjoy the very rewarding view.
The hike to the top had some tricky parts but overall I’d say it is an easy way up with just a few steep segments. The total ascent is just under 700m in a distance of 3k. We covered the distance in one hour and fifty minutes with a good pace and a few stops to regroup. I’d say in a good day it can be done in half the time.
Unfortunately as expected the top was inside the cloud. Cold, humid, windy with very limited visibility and very, very quiet.
Humid to the point that our eye lashes were dripping water. The temperature was an about 14C , amazing if you compare it to the nearby Athens of over 33C.
The way down was easier but slippery, either from wet rocks or loose grounds, but with steady steps we flew down.
The ascent reading is wrong but with a quick calculation you get the right numbers…
A few of us decide to go for a trail run to work on our appetite while the rest drove the cars down to Steni. The route was dirt roads, dirt trails in-between trees, or just no trail. By this time the sun was shinning giving a whole different perspective to the run. The run was just over 7k and a descent from 1045m to 425m.
And off we go for the Taverna…
A quick look back to the mountain.
Overall a great day out with good friends. Looking forward to the next…