We Sought the Gods…on Mount Olympus

We rose early and climbed hard and steadfast in our march to the top of the mountain.

The trail was steep and full of natural perils that sought to sweep us off of our feet and cast us below.  But we persisted as we did, and then, and found ourselves at the base of their thrones.  We scrambled up and down and up again, but fell short of attaining their glory, not because we lacked heart or because our wits had left us, but because the final rise was treacherous and beyond our mortal grasp…bottom line, essentially, is that there was ice in the hand- and foot-holds, the rocks were slippery as hell, and we didn’t know whether or not we were actually in the right place and were not, collectively, ready to lose our limbs or lives climbing up the hill and finding no thrones.

But it was fun, nonetheless, and taxing, too, and truly beautiful beyond compare, up there, almost at the top of our world…and we climbed Mount Olympus.

12 responses

  1. You probably did the right choice! To many risks to be taken all at once….
    After all, its rather certain that the gods wouldn’t be there. 🙂
    Here is a hint about where the gods reign:

    (View of “The throne of Zeus” from Profitis Ilias Pk.)

    November 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

    • I was rather skeptical about finding the gods, too…and thank you for the photo, Nikos…I almost included a photo of the front of our Mount Olympus, but just didn’t get it done. It does look rather similar, though. 🙂

      November 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

  2. When you are in the high mount you are in the “Cathedral of the Soul” … the dwelling place of the gods! It is written that the time of the gods has past … that they have left our world and returned to distant heaven and left Man to be stewards of creation in our world. We live in times when Man plunders and polutes this world and transgresses against the “Natural Order of Things”, which the gods kept sacred. Ancient Celtic tradition believes Man was given dominion over this world by the gods to keep sacred the spiritual nature of creation. Perhaps it is time for the gods to return to rebuke Man for his transgressions againt the natural order of things.

    November 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

    • I do agree with you about the high mount being the Cathedral of the Soul, Steven…most wonderful. And if there could be any truth to the ancient Celtic tradition, I would agree that the gods need to return, indeed, and rebuke Man for his transgressions…. Wouldn’t that be something to behold? 🙂

      November 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  3. Nut Balls

    I would say that the pictures actually do some justice to the views you experience up there. Regardless, nothing is quite like being on top of the world 🙂

    November 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

    • Ok, Nate…yes, the summit would have been grand…maybe we’ll be able to make the final ascent in the summer…so you can truly be on “top” of the world…so you can sup with the gods, etc. 🙂

      November 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

  4. Fabulous shots of the cathedral of the soul – such a great turn of phrase too!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    • Thank you, Ladyfi…and yes, such a great turn of phrase with the “Cathedral of the Soul”…so fitting somehow.

      November 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  5. jimbo

    Awesome stuff…Love the cool air and generating heat and the roughness of the rocks and the intense light w/ the snow, why is it so liberating?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    • I thought it was awesome, too, Jimbo, thank you…and given your love of the west and the outdoors, I know you’re not serious when you ask why it’s so liberating…but I’ll answer you anyway…it is out there that the “soul” is free of all of the trappings and pressures of our civilized world and life…it’s so simple and incredible…and no worries, no traffic, no taxes, no jerks on the phone, nobody evaluating your tone of voice or choice of words or perceived intentions or meanings…or anything else, really…just you and Great Big Ol’ Mother Nature. 🙂

      November 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  6. If I ever go for it, I’ll make sure I take crampons or ‘microspikes’. I believe it’s quite a steep mountain though isn’t it? If so, I might still not be happy with spikes at a very steep angle – I’m not the bravest of winter mountaineers!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    • Yes, Carol, it is rather steep, especially the last 500 yards or so. Another hiker told us that it is literally scrambling, crawling on hands and knees, climbing upward for that last part. I’m not incredibly brave, myself, so I do understand reluctance to make a go of it even with spikes. I had a fear of my backpack pulling me backwards and down….

      December 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

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