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British climber dies in Olympus

Author: Nick Iliev Date: Mon, Sep 07 2009 3 Comments, 1841 Views
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A 22-year-old British mountaineer suffered fatal injuries and died while attempting to climb the vertical Zilnia rock face on the Olympus mountain range, close to Litochoro, the Greek Kathimerini reported on September 5.

According to Greek authorities, the British climber has been identified as Stephen Wright, from Gloucestershire in southwest England. He fell to his death while attempting to scale the rock face with a 21-year-old Greek friend.

Wright fell to his death on Thursday evening but reports were not released until Saturday. He had sustained serious head injuries and died on the way to hospital, police said.

The Zilnia wall is at an altitude of 700m, at the gorge of the Enipeas River, creating the deepest and steepest ravine of Mount Olympus. The ravine starts at Litohoro Village and proceeds almost to top of the mountain.

Along the beautiful route of the Enipeas, interspersed with stunning rock formations and waterfalls, before entering the town of Litochoro the river passes through a gate-like formation of Golna and Zilnia. The natural "gate" is an amazing place, resembling the passage of the underworld.

Because of its stunning beauty and cliffs, it is a popular destination for climbers.



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    • Anonymous
      Adam Danz Rating:
      #3 13, 26, Tue, Sep 08 2009

      Tom, what you are offering Bulgaria?

    • Anonymous
      Oi Tommy boy Rating:
      #2 12, 29, Mon, Sep 07 2009

      Olympus is in Greece mate. get a map and jog on

    • Anonymous
      Tom Rating:
      #1 12, 10, Mon, Sep 07 2009

      People die in Bulgaria, goods stolen, abused, beaten up. What else is Bulgaria offering us foreign tourists next? Sad sad story here.

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