Thursday, 2 August 2007
Ruth says: this was the hardest physical thingI think that i have ever done. The climb that we did was supposed to take two days but we had a very tight schedule and i wanted at least one day on the beach before we left Greece, so we decided to try and climb Olympus in a day. It is 2918 metres high, that's almost 10,000 feet. So, quite big really.
We set off on our climb just before 10 in the morning and didn't get back to the car until 8:20pm.
When we first started the climb we were overtaken by a group of 19 year old boys. I wasn't very happy about being overtaken as it hadn't happened to us yet on any of our walks, so we practically ran up the mountain for the first two hours, overtaking them and not letting them catch us up again. Anyway they didn't make it all the way to the top so we were obviously far fitter than them.
The picture with the yellow and red blob (one of the markers) is the last bit of the climb to the summit. As you can see it was literally a rock climb. It was unbelievably steep and by this time we had been climbing for about 6 hours, just going up. I don't know quite how we made it. It must have been Bob's sausage chilli, and just a little bit of chocolate.
Bob says: Pure yorkshire grit, no messing, up and down in a day.