26-year-old man dies climbing Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus

Police have announced a man died and another was slightly injured as they attempted to climb Mount Olympus, Greece's highest mountain.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon about 2,000 meters high. The two men were headed for a refuge slightly higher up the 2,917-meter mountain when both slipped and fell down a ravine.

The fire service said one climber, a 26-year-old Greek man, fell 200 meters and was unresponsive when he was recovered and evacuated by helicopter. He died before reaching the hospital.

His friend, a 25-year-old man, didn't fall as deeply and has minor injuries.

The fire service said the mountain trail was packed with icy snow due to low temperatures.

GCT Team

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