I was born in a big City. As an active and curious kid of adventuring and exploration I heard of snowboarding and got stuck with it at the age of 10. After trying it I fell in love with it. Mount Parnassos became my home mountain. As a big fan of jumps it drove me into the backcountry world. Nowadays I am more into hiking, freeriding the backcountry and exploring new mountains. Today I still live in Athens and I am in the search of all the Greek unexplored Mountains.
- 2011: Ouzo Gap | Raw footage from mount Parnassos Greece
- 2010: Going back at Tahoe and filming the second video part
- 2009: Visiting Lake Tahoe and filming the first video part
Knowing every time how far we can take it according team’s limitations and unforeseen factors.
In other words: Coming back home safe- as JP Auclair had said.
Listening, Seeing, Feeling. Mountains don’t belong to us. We belong to the mountains.
Weather change and snow conditions are some of the factors that we have to be careful of. Mountains speak to us in many ways. We can’t change the rules, we have to go with it.
Working on our skills is hard and it can’t be done on our own. We need the right time and the right people. I also believe that every single Greek mountain has the Gods within. We have to listen to the messages they send us for protection. So, going with it snowboarding becomes an unbelievable game of confronting, of challenging and of life.
The Journey. A hike can be a lifetime’s journey compressed in smaller timeframes. Obstacles are on our way. Will we stop? Weather can change. Will we fall back? Snow looks different from a closer look. Will we change our route?
This is the satisfaction of it. Waking up our ingenuity, being creative, facing our insecurities, breaking through our fears and many more. The riding is just the result of the journey.
A mix of all the emotions and feelings together, makes us satisfied on that journey-
Snowboarding is not just a sport it is a way of life and can be practiced from everyday living. Everything connects with each other when we are on the mountains and life can give us similar situations for snowboarding.
Visualizing – Something that has already been seen before we have ever done it. Everything is possible.
As a big fan of building jumps and finding new spots, for the built of “ouzo gap” (more info here) step down with friends, it has taken us a little longer than any other jump to start building. I was standing still for 40 minutes, at the edge of the rock, watching the gap and the landing. It was the time I needed to visualize it since I had no past experience on going that big and that fast.
In Greece, the riding level is low as we do not benefit from any major infrastructure such as big snow parks, half pipes, etc. and it makes it a little bit more difficult. There are great tools to use to improve but we don’t. We can make it a lot easier. 40 minutes of time can help someone visualize things.
I saw it before I had done it. Our mind is the greatest, the most powerful and the most incredible tool we have but we still have to be careful with it. It can easily fool us. Once we start learning how to use it, we can start believing, much bigger, much faster.
The ones giving love. The more we give, the more we receive. It is a vice versa human communication that keeps us strong and alive.
-It is better to be over equipped than under equipped- when I first heard this, having the wrong mentality for mountaineering, it was by Costis Gortzis and I didn’t really realize what he really meant…
Mount Olympus was a unique experience when I went for the first time (more info here). Taking “ski resort’s“ mentality out there was a huge mistake. Everything in my mind about the mountains changed after that trip.
Moving out of the ski resorts and taking higher risks needs a different mentality. Realizing that the mountains are the real leaders and they lead our path. Predicting the unpredictable makes us want to take more than less with us.
Olympus and Timfi are the most beautiful mountains I‘ve been so far in my life. There are many other on the list. Vardousia and Crete are few of the next ones.
Implementation period: Summer, Autumn (upon request)
Trail distance: 8 km
Route type: Ascent, Descent
Activity duration with breaks: 5-6 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good fitness is required
Meeting point: Mountaineering refuge of EOS Sparta
Participants should have with them:
- Bottle of water
- Sun cream (during summer months)
- Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
- Hiking backpack (if available)
The price Includes:
- Tour planning – Sightseeing
- Picnic with local products
- Walking poles, Backpack (if necessary)
- Transportation to and from the start and finish points (if necessary)
- Photographs from the tour
Explore Messinia reserves the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather or technical difficulties. There is a minimum number of 4 participants required for the implementation of this outdoor activity. Explore Messinia reserves the right to postpone or cancel the activity in case of non completion of the required number of participants.
Period of operation: Year round – Best season 20/4 to 20/10
Duration: 7 days (6 nights).
Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, ATV, Cooking Lessons, Sight Seeing
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 2.
Minimum age: 5 y/o
You can take your pick and design your own schedule. Get in touch and get a price!
Pick up from your country entry spot, El. Venizelos airport or Athens or the port of Patra or Kalamata Airport and transfer by car to the place of residence, in Langadia, 200 km distance and over 2 hr and 30 min drive.
The remainder of the day is free for you to get settled in and relax. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner consisting of a plethora of local dishes, drinks and more.
08:30 Traditional hearty breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” consisting of: coffee or beverages of your choice, trachana soup, traditional homemade bread toasted on charcoal, butter and homemade jams, natural fruit juice, local free-range eggs and honey, pies and local sweets.
09:30 Departure for the traditional settlement of Dimitsana (Peloponnese), Tour the Open Air Water-Power Museum, visit the Monastery of Prodromos and Ancient Gortys.
The Open Air Water-Power Museum, in Dimitsana (Peloponnese), highlights the importance of water-power in traditional society. Focusing on the main pre-industrial techniques that take advantage of water (from the renowned source of Kefalari Aï-Yianni) to produce a variety of goods, it links them to the history and daily life of the local society over the ages.
The Monastery of Prodromou is built on the foot of a steep cliff/rock face on the left side of the Lousios Gorge close to the beautiful villages of Stemnitsa and Dimitsanas.
The river forms a deep, narrow gorge. Its length is approximately 15 km from north to south and its width is approximately 2 km wide. The gorge is very popular amongst hikers. At the northern end of the gorge lies the town of Dimitsana. Much of the gorge is heavily forested, and there are steep cliffs. The church of St. John of Prodromos is an inspiring single domed basilica adorned with remarkable frescoes. Wall murals can be found outside the church magnetizing the gaze of every visitor.
The archeological area of the ancient city of Gortys with the temple of Asclepius can be found at the southern end of the gorge. It is accessible by road from the villages of Elliniko (6 kms) and Atsicholos (4kms). It is also accessable from the Monastery of Prodromou. Ancient Gortys was an important city of Arcadia in ancient times. Even today the ruins still attract the interest admiration of visitors, combined with the natural beauty and tranquility.
14:00 Lunch at a nearby village in the region in return for Lagadia
Relaxation – Leisure
7:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
9:00 Day hiking in the 1st Certified Greek trail “Menalon Trail”, route 8 Valtessiniko-Lagadia (duration 4-5 hours, necessary hiking equipment). Mountain guide upon request. Stop for rest and brunch at the spot of “Grias Lithari”.
The Menalon Trail received a certificate of competence as one of the Leading Quality Trails (Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe) and is now proposed by the ERA to all European hikers as a coherent, interesting and safe mountain adventure. The Menalon Trail is the 8th European path that has received this important quality and safety guarantee.
15:00 Lunch at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”
16:00 Relaxation – Leisure
19:00 Cooking Lessons – Seminar of local dishes preparation
8:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
9:00 Depart to the archaeological site of Olympia (65 km – 1.5 hours) –Visit to the Museum
An amazing route connects the village of Lagadia with Ancient Olympia. The harmonious alternation of landscapes gives the feeling of traveling through time. Deep dense canyons, lush vineyards, pine-covered slopes and riverside areas. The Ladon River meets Alpheus that passes through the valley of Olympia near the archaeological site. Words are just unnecessary…
One visit is just not enough in the place that gave birth to the Olympic Games. The greatness of the ancient Greek culture never ceases to impress. In this corner of Peloponnese you will love the father of Gods, Zeus in his holy place. Just imagine raised in front of you one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the imposing gold and ivory statue of Zeus of 13.5 m, sculptured by Phidias. You will also admire with awe the famous Hermes of Praxiteles. You will feel the aura, glory and wisdom of a culture that enchanted the whole world and also that you are in the starting line for a trip back in history, to the glory of ancient Greece.
14:30 Return – Visit to a river trout farm and meal
Relaxation – Leisure
8:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
10:30 Transfer to a natural beauty area of the Menalos Mountain for mountain biking
14:00 Lunch in a traditional tavern of the area with local delicacies
16:00 Return to Lagkadia – Rest
18:30 Tour of the traditional village of Lagkadia – acquaintance with the local sightseeing’s, the history and culture of the place.
A short walk around the neighborhoods and streets of the village feels like a travel back in time, when stone was the primary material in the hands of the skillful craftsmen whose chisels resound in the narrow village streets.
In the neighborhood higher up, close to the church of St. John, one can see the old stone mansion of Deligiannis (former Prime Minister of Greece) and feel his presence still strong around. The central road of Lagkadia is particularly impressive. It once was a very commercial one, since Lagkadia are situated in the central road connecting Tripolis with Pyrgos.
The pride of the village is the church of the Archangels, built in 1808 with the monumental steeple-clock (1910) proudly superimposing among the buildings of stone. In the central squares, the huge trees surround its views. Further up, one can see the school, built in 1864, dominating over the stone steps bringing up memories from the historical days when the first practical high school opened its doors after the revolution of 1821.
The afternoon stroll is finishing with a visit at Panagia of Gounaris where, weather permitting, the majestic sunset over the Ionian Sea will steal your heart. End your thirst in the natural spring below the chapel.
Relaxation – Leisure
08:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
10:00 Transfer to a natural beauty area of the Menalos Mountain for an ATV ride on the mountain route.
14:00 Return to Lagkadia for lunch at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”. Rest – Free time.
18:30 A visit to the Lousios springs (Agia Paraskevi meadows) – meeting with the Arcadian horse
Relaxation – Leisure
08:00 Traditional hearty breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” consisting of: coffee or beverages of your choice, trachana soup, traditional homemade bread toasted on charcoal, butter and homemade jams, natural fruit juice, local free-range eggs and honey, pies and local sweets.
09:00 Departure to visit the Kapsia Cave. The Kapsia Cave is around 15km outside Tripolis and 1.5km away from Kapsia village. Experts rank the Kapsia Cave in the top 10 list of the most valuable caves in Greece. The cave is located in the confined geological basin of the Mantinean plateau and is associated with the complex system of natural sinks, a characteristic of the aquifer. Among the findings in the cave, are human bones and pottery of everyday utensils.
10:30 Departure for one of the following : Mykines or Ancient Korintos or the Acropolis Museum, upon communication with the group. Greek fast-food lunch – gyros souvlaki. Return to the airport for departure.
Our role starts at the entrance point of the clients/groups in our country (airport, port or other) and finishes again at the point of departure.
We take care of everything required for a pleasant and safe stay of our clients within our country.
These include the below:
- Transportation from the point of entry to the place of accommodation and return to the same point for the departure. The transportation includes the equipment and luggages carried along for the purposes of their activities.
- In the case where special equipment is needed for each activity, this has to be made known in advance so we can arrange for it if possible. Where this is not possible, the clients are required to arrange for it themselves.
- All transportation’s by car/bus within Greece, needed to complete the activities, including additional costs (tolls etc).
- Accommodation and breakfast. Our choices of accommodation include fully-furnished apartments and rooms, with bathrooms and kitchen equipment, terrace with view, free
- Wi-Fi, private parking, maximum capacity of 23 beds
- One lunch or dinner per day, at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”, or other place depending on the schedule.
- Drivers fee, mountain guide, safety escort, trainer or anyone else necessary or as mentioned in the schedule. All aforementioned escorts are chosen upon presenting relevant certifications on the skills needed.
No expenditures are included for transportation on own initiative whether in group or individually which is not included or needed for the purposes of the activities.
Museum tickets or tourist guide’s fees if requested. These often change and may not interest everyone.
Any other activity or need beyond the ones described in the suggested program, unless previously agreed with the organisers.
Travelling costs from an individual’s or group country of residence to Greece and back are not included in the total cost of the excursion, hence must be arranged by the individual or group itself.
The schedule may be modified by the organizers according to the number of participants