Exploretheoutside.com is an Adventure Travel Company. We offer Adventure Activities in Greece for and by people who are outdoor enthusiasts. We have turned our passion for travel and love of adventure into a business that brings that perfect trip to life. Moreover, we specialize in adventure management. Whether it is the perfect adventure itinerary based on your hotel or daily event planning, we deliver unique experiences and fun to do activities.
Our goal is to show you how to plan your holidays in Greece based on outdoor activities, hiking, biking, sea kayaking, climbing, rafting, sailing, always with the right dose of adventure.
Our mission is to help you travel around Greece in a true and authentic way. We offer inside information and tips and the reason we can do this is because we love outdoor activities and we have the desire to do things ourselves.
It is our privilege to work with people who are really good at what they do. More over, they understand and appreciate the culture of the region you are touring.
Pavlos runs “Explore The Outside”. While looking for adventure for him and his friends he always took back with him those moments of relaxed happiness away from crowded cities, loud bosses and everyday stress. Moments of joy after “hard work”, whether they were trail running, mtb biking, sea kayaking, skiing, wind surfing or any other fun thing he kept discovering since childhood. It was these picture frames in his mind, followed by strong emotions, that triggered his passion for sharing his adventures and passion with all the people who live and visit Greece.
He doesn't like to talk about himself, although a shared respect follows him among the climbing community. Giorgos started mountaineering and climbing at an early age and for more than 25 year has organized training schools, as an instructor, since he is an authorized mountain guide from the Hellenic Mountaineering & Climbing Federation (HMGA) but also from the national athletic department. He has climbed all of the Greek mountains and most of the foreign noteworthy routes. Currently he is active in the region of Loutraki where he opens new routes and coaches climbers of all levels.
Dr. MICHAEL STYLLAS
Mike gets to spend a lot of time in the outdoors and that's a fact. As a trail runner he has finished ultras in Alaska, California desert and Nepal among many others. His academic degree in Geology followed by a masters in Oceanology from Oregon State University and a PhD later on from AUTH is roughly his educational background. He counts numerous climbs in the Alps (Mont Blanc Massif, Matterhorn, Eiger) expeditions and ascents at North America, Alaska, Peru, Norway, Scotland and Russia. Well, I am not finished yet..he has participated in 10 expeditions in Asia among them the Everest, which was the first Greek expedition to step on the top of the world. Since 2003 he manages the "Christos Kakkalos" refuge, in Mt. Olympus from where he makes his future adventure plans. I shouldn't forget to mention that he is far from being 40 years old.
Born and raised in Athens, has been member of the Greek national rowing team from 1997 to 2005. 5 times national champion and 16th over all, at a world champion, in sevillia 2002. Since 2005 ha has been successfully involved in Marathon running with several 2nd and 1st places, and a personal record of 2:19:17 in Amsterdam 2011. Last year he stirred his running passion to the mountain trails with a 2nd place in the 2012 Olympus Marathon and a 1st place in Zagori mountain race 50k. He is a member of the Greek Salomon Running team since 2011.
Lazaros is a qualified mountaineering and climbing Instructor of The Hellenic Mountaineering & Climbing Federation (HMGA), 1995. Since then he coaches from youngsters and beginners to future instructors. He is currently trainer at the youth national Greek climbing team. He has shown impressive performance in ski mountaineering and also in sports climbing and trail running having participated in several events with great success. He has climbed most of Greece's picks and several at the Alps ((Mont Blanc 4810, Aig. du Midi, Aig. du Roc, Aig. Rouges, Aig. Du Peigne, Aig. De L' M), the Dolomites (Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Cima Piccolo, Cingoue Torri και Tofana di Roses) and in France (Verdon, Buoux). Currently he works as a professional mountain guide at Meteora region.
Akis is a qualified mountaineering and climbing Instructor of The Hellenic Mountaineering & Climbing Federation. Also, he is a qualified Mountain Guide (according to the A.N 867/37, Nr 19 FEK (A)621-999/28-11-07). He was born in Katerini in 1975 and made his ‘first steps’ in the world of mountaineering and climbing at the age of 15. Since then he has developed an extended action in the fields of mountaineering, rock and ice climbing and ski mountaineering in Greece and abroad. His action in Greece is numbered in hundreds of repetitions of modern and traditional climbing routes on Olympus, Varasova, Meteora, Gkiona, Vardousia, etc. as well as of the introduction of new routes both on rock and winter ice fields. Abroad, he has developed a significant activity on The Alps, by having climbed a multitude of classical and outstanding ice/snow and rock routes in the areas of Mont Blanc, Dolomites, The Grand Paradiso, The AOSTA, etc. Mountain guide and mountaineering and climbing instructor certified by the Greek mountaineering and climbing association.
Babis is a photographer based in Thessaloniki. He has been an external associate for several years with travel magazines in Greece and abroad, covering topics in various countries in Balkans, Europe and Africa. Since 2008 he deals exclusively with mountain sports photography and video production. He has created the "GO experience", a group that is involved with photography and video, covering outdoor activities such as mountain races, climbing, ski mountaineering, etc. He collaborates with the majority of Greek mountain sports organizations and he has covered various events for significant companies related to the mountain activities field (Salomon, NorthFace). Also, he has accomplished 2 expeditions of photographic and journalistic coverage, following the two Greek mountain running athletes Niko Kalofyri and Natalia Papounidou to the race Solu Khumbu Trail 2010-2011 in Nepal, covering 300 km in 15 days through 1.950-5.500m altitude.
Dimitrios is a humble wine taster but also a hiker, a naturalist, and perhaps even all of the above or maybe nothing at all…An unsuccessful -yet earnest- attempt to be assimilated the socio-economic system stood as an excuse to follow his father's exhortation: «εμείς οι Βλάχοι, όπου λάχει» (he will explain this to you in person!) and so he devoted his body, soul and time to the things he truly loved: wine and mountains and mountains and wine …Emerging wine taster with deep training and understanding, he always carries with him a magic hat full of infinitely unneccessary-yet so charmingly interesting knowledge. In the unlike circumstance of being far away from a glass of wine, he will flee to the mountains…but never alone, always with the dear company of his Canon EOS capturing nature, in an attempt to capture imagination…Worshipper of the "everlasting change", you won't find words like "still" and "same" in his vocabulary but most importantly his life…and this applies to wines and mountains alike, even if you've been "there" before. Thirst finds knowledge in every sip and every uphill stride cause wines and mountains have always been there revealing, initiating and all they ask is to keep your senses open; it's only then you'll see nature's truth: divine and glorious but prone to perish…And now you know why they call him Plato: he likes talking and philosophizing, philosophizing and talking…the order doesn't matter!
Starting mountaineering activities from 1981 , Christos finished in 1993 the mountaineering instructor course of HFMC and became a mountain guide and member of HMGA. He has climbed all over Greek mountains (Gamila, Astraka, Olympus , Athos, Gkiona, Vardusia , Meteora , Varasova). He has also climbed in Dolomites , Alpes , Caucasus and Bulgaria. He is the responsible instructor for the mountaineering and climbing courses of OALTH Alpine Club for beginners and medium level. He lives in Thessaloniki, North Greece at the area of mount Olympus.
In 1983 he became the youngest British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach, Sea. The following year, he repeated this achievement with the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate, both still the highest qualifications available in the UK and held in the greatest esteem throughout the world! In 1987, he wrote, produced and published “A Practical Guide to Sea Kayaking”. Having sold over 5,000 copies worldwide, it was seen at the time as the authoritative guide on the sport and is still in demand to this day. He has trained, mentored and assessed many of today’s prestigious/prolific BCU Level 5 Sea Coaches, something which he continues to do to this very day. He has been involved in the creation and development of other countries sea kayak coaching & guiding programs, in particular Holland (NKB) & Canada (Paddle Canada). He was also instigative in setting up and running the first Anglesey Sea Symposium.