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.
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.
Period of operation: May to June and September to October
Duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Activities included in the package: Bungee jumping, Canal crossing, Canyoning, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Lake Kayak, Mountain Biking, Free time for local sight seeing
Extra options: Yoga & Massage sessions, Grape harvest (September), In-house wine-tasting workshop, Traditional ceramics workshop, Greek cooking lesson
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels. Good physical shape is necessary.
Minimum participants: 6.
Minimum age: 18 y/o
Accommodation: 3 nights in fully-furnished apartment in a hotel complex by the sea & 3 nights in a self-catering traditional stone house in the mountain
Breakfast: Homemade & local products, organic where possible
Guests arrive at Daphne’s Club Hotel Apartments in Sykia/Xylokastro.
Check-in, welcome drink and free time to explore the surroundings.
Morning departure for the Canal of Corinth.
Bungee jumping session!
Transfer to Isthmia for embarkation on the boat – Canal crossing & Excursion to Lake Vouliagmeni – Free time for lunch, swimming, relaxing.
Late afternoon return by boat to Loutraki – Free time in Loutraki for strolling, dinner etc.
Late evening return to Daphne’s Club.
Morning departure for the Fonissa Gorge.
Early afternoon return to Daphne’s Club – Free time.
Extra options available for late afternoon and early evening.
Morning check out from Daphne’s Club and transfer to Frygani Crag.
Lunch stop in Kalliani-Stymfalia.
Afternoon transfer to En Arhi Guesthouse (Trikala), check-in and free time to explore the area.
Extra options available for the late afternoon and early evening.
Early morning transfer to mount Kyllene.
Hiking to the Ziria summit or Flabouritsa Gorge (depending on weather conditions).
Early afternoon to Trikala, free time for lunch etc.
Extra options available for the late afternoon and early evening.
Early morning transfer to Lake Doxa.
All day mountain biking & lake kayak! Lunch break in-between.
Early evening return to Trikala.
Guests depart from En Arhi, whole-hearted goodbyes!
- 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
- All activities mentioned in the description (instructor & equipment)
- 2 meals (recommended meals “Welcome dinner” & “Farewell Dinner”)
- All applicable taxes
- Travel insurance
Giamina (50 km – 8 hours)
Starting at Kitepark we head on to the historic village of Fylla, visit medieval towers, bridges and castles. We will enjoy some sweet single track and mini downhill trails.
Makrykapa (25 km – 8 hours)
Ride at the foot of mount Dirfis, you will cycle through unique forest scenery, cross rivers and listen to voices of Euboean nature.
Steni (27km – 7 hours)
Cycle at the foot of mount Dirfis. We start at the mountainous village of Steni, start a steep incline, but finish off with sweet alpine descent through rivers and 60ft tall alpine trees.
Tours are organized from mid September till the end of June.
Contact us for our Cycling Tours Policy.
- We can arrange full transportation for your equipment from/to Athens International Airport.
- We can arrange custom bike rentals. Price will vary depending on the bike model.
- Every Day Program
08:00 pm Pick up at your hotel
08:40 pm Departure from the bicycle
09:30 pm Start of bicycle tour
14:00 am Lunch in a local tavern
16:15 am End of tour bicycle tour