10 Challenging Adventure Trips for Climbers


Mount Olympus, Greece

The throne of Zeus -- Mount Olympus in Greece.
The throne of Zeus -- Mount Olympus in Greece.

Have you ever dreamed of sitting high atop Mount Olympus, throwing bolts of lightning down at the lowly humans below? If so, you have a bit of a Zeus complex...there is professional help for that! But considering the rich landscapes and stunning views from the peaks of Mount Olympus, this mythological mountaintop fantasy also suggests that you may be a die-hard climbing enthusiast.

Mount Olympus may not be among the tallest mountains in the world, but it is undeniably one of the most beautiful. Standing at 9,570 feet (2,917 meters), it straddles the border of Thessaly and Macedonia in Greece, making it an excellent addition to any tour of the Greek Isles [source: Britannica]. Many of climbers who come to conquer the home of the Greek gods are amazed to find that the culturally and archeologically rich environment also boasts some of the most incredible biodiversity in the world [source: Greece Travel]. The mountain is home to many endemic species of birds and butterflies in its beech and fir forests, so be sure to stop and observe. You might also take a swim into the clear waters of Enippeas River, especially if you're there when the weather is warm.

There are a few important things to note about a climbing adventure trip to Mount Olympus. For starters, this is not as a difficult climb as others on our list, and it may be done in a day or two. When climbing Mount Olympus, keep in mind that there are actually three distinct peaks that are close in height. The lowest is Skala at 9,258 feet (2,882 meters); Skolio is 9,550 feet (2,911 meters), and Mytikas is 9,570 feet (2,917 meters), Greece's highest peak. At each peak, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Aegean Sea, which is often beautifully shrouded in an evening mist at the close of the day [source: Greece Travel].