SOTA 5B/CY-041: Moutti tou Lorovounou

I set out for this two-point peak from 5B/CY-027. Although they look close on the map, it took more than an hour to get from one to the other. Most of that driving was towards the coast, and I began to doubt my GPS since it said I was about ten minutes away from the peak, but I was just about at sea level along the coastal highway. However, it is true: the road turns back up into the mountains and ten minutes later you find yourself at a park with a military monument of some sort and a few dirt roads heading off at various angles. The steepest road one is the one to take.

After a very short distance, you will see a mound with a trig point on top — but that is not the peak. Continue driving, and you will see another, and then another, and none of them are the peak either. I have no idea what is going on with the multiple little hill tops, each of which has a numbered concrete cylinder on it that looks like a trig point.

Three pseudo-trig points on the way back.

Eventually, the road comes to an end, and right there is a sign, “Minimeio Lok Lorovounou”. My Greek not being great, I thought I the “minimeio” was the furthest thing from what I wanted — i.e., not the minimum, but the maximum. According to my dictionary, however, “minimeio” means “monument”.

The end of the road: climb straight up or go along the path to the left.

My linguistic skills not withstanding, I followed the arrows to the peak. There are actually two ways to go at the end of the road. A path wraps around to the left side of the road, but it is also possible to just walk straight ahead and start climbing in more or less a beeline towards the peak. Enough people do this that there is a path through the grass. Pine needles make the ground a little slippery, but the climb is not that steep. It is about 50m up from the end of the road to the peak, which itself is on a little hill.

Looking towards the trail to the left. The sign says that wheeled vehicles are not permitted.

The peak is very radio friendly in that there is not only a trig point, but a smaller concrete pillar next to it, which made a nice operating position with its own built-in chair. The only difficulty with the site is getting the antenna into the trees. There are some tall trees near the peak, but they are all a bit down hill, so their tops are not that far above the peak. I had a hard time throwing my coke bottle and string far enough to get into the top of a tree to allow full extension of my endfed antenna.

The strangely convenient operating position.

Maybe it was the poor antenna placement or perhaps conditions had deteriorated during the day, but I barely squeaked by with my five contacts. It seemed to me like the background noise level was higher in this location than in most mountain top locations — I am not sure why or if that is always the case.

The earlier activation of 5B/CY-027 and the drive over had taken most of the day, and the sun was getting low in the sky, so I packed it in. I didn’t want to drive through the Troodos mountains in the dark all the way back to Nicosia, so I opted for the longer, more scenic and less winding coastal route back, following it to Limmosol and then northeast to Nicosia on highways.

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