Between Nilou or Nilos and Prodromou the monopati runs over an impressive stone avalanche area called Megali Sara The path was formed by passing monks after the 1905 earthquake, that created the stone fall. The region is geologically quite unstable.
Here pilgrim Herman walks the rocky path.
The mountain is just not steep enough to get the stones rolling. Just not steep enough to start a new avalanche. The path is covered with loose rocks. Walking sticks provide a little bit more stability. But it is not difficult to sprain your ankles there.
Looking down towards the deserted southern coast of Mount Athos. The dynamic clouds uncovered and covered different spots all the time. It was still a long way up to the 700 meter point, where the pleasant and quick descent to Prodromou starts.