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.
Recreational scuba diving is the name given to the use underwater breathing apparatus (tank – BCD – breathing regulator) – in fact, “scuba” is an acronym for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus”!
There are many international diving organisations, but the most well known and the one that trains the most divers is PADI.
If you wish to become a certified diver, but you don’t have a lot of spare time, then the PADI Scuba Diver course is your best option. This certification requires less time and covers a portion of the Open Water Diver course.
- You are in good general health.
However, it should be noted that anyone can dive regardless of their physical condition (within reason) because diving is more about hovering in the water than it is about swimming.
You will be asked to complete and sign a medical questionnaire and, if necessary, you will be asked to provide a medical certificate.
What the course entails:
- In the theoretical part of the course you will learn about diving equipment (suits, tanks, breathing regulators, etc.), the physical laws governing the sea, elementary medical issues, planning dives, etc.
- The practical part of the course covers a wide range of simple diving skills in which you will learn, for example, how we move and breathe underwater to how we remove water from our masks without having to head to the surface.
- The theory part takes about 4 hours and is completed in 2 days (the theory is conducted alongside the actual dives).
- The practical lessons consist of 5 dives (from an initial depth of 1.5 m/4 ft up to the maximum (for OPEN WATER) of 12 m/39 ft).
The dives take place over 3 days (2 dives a day) and usually require a weekend, but the program can be configured according to your needs…
With the PADI SCUBA DIVER course you can dive to 12 m/39 ft, but you must always be accompanied by a Divemaster or Instructor. In addition, you can always continue and complete the full Open Water Diver course later on.
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 12 km
Route type: Circular
Activity duration with breaks: 5-6 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good fitness is required
Meeting point: To Kastro, Kardamili
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.