Ambassadors

OUR AMBASSADORS

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 ZITAKIS

_MG_9842Pavlos 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 is British Canoe Union Level 1 Coach.

 

 


GEORGIOS GALIOS

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.

 

 


LAZAROS BOTELIS

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.

 


HOWARD JEFFS

Howard

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.

 


BABIS GIRITZIOTIS

exploreoutside photograferHis work as a professional photographer began in 2001, with his employment at a mass circulation newspaper. In 2003, he started freelancing for a variety of national newspapers, travel magazines and publishers, traveling on assignment to various countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2006, he decided to return to Thessaloniki where he worked as a photojournalist for the Athens News Agency and continued his freelance work and travels for various magazines and newspapers. In 2010 and 2011, Babis Giritziotis covered two separate expeditions in Nepal in order to provide both photographic and journalistic coverage of the “Solu Khumbu Trail” to the Greek running community. He followed the first Greek man and first Greek woman, Nikos Kalofyris & Natalia Papounidou respectively, who took part in one of the most demanding races worldwide: a 15 days race in stages, 300 kilometers distance and an elevation that reaches 5,500 meters. In the winter of 2012, he exclusively photographed Slovene extreme skier Davo Karnicar's descent of Greece's highest mountain, Mount Olympus. In June of 2012, Salomon Hellas invited him to be the exclusive photographer from Greece at the two-day event "Kilian's Classik", held in Font Romeu, France.