We enjoy doing things ourselves but also 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.
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.