• Photos from our strolling in MARATHON promenade 24.11.2018

    31 people took part in this pleasant and instructive walk after the dancing session !!

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  • STROLLING along MARATHON PROMENADE

    STROLLING  along  MARATHON  PROMENADEΣχετική εικόναOn Saturday the 24th of November SAS organize a slow going … walk along the Marathon Promenade with the view of the picturesque bay, while having the opportunity to visit some important monuments like the temple of the Egyptian Gods and the Tumulus of Marathon.
    Except the above, an unexpected … surpise is waiting for us at Ruca Cafe, a Mexican style decorated place where we could have our … morning coffee, and where a member of SAS, the Chilian Natalia Soto Canales will initiate us to Latin dancing with the echos of the appropriate music, escorted by some or … all of us with similar skills !!

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  • Photos from our hiking in the footpaths of IKARIA island 19_23.10.2018

    Nine SAS participants enjoyed an unforgetable hiking experience in the … wildness landscape of Ikaria island !

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  • Photos from our hiking in Olympus, the mountain of Gods, 22-25.09.2018

    How lucky we were, the 4 of us, with this excellent weather and visibility … !!! One of us conquered the roof of Greece, Mytikas, 2.918 m.

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  • FOOTPATHS OF IKARIA ISLAND

    FOOTPATHS  OF  IKARIA  ISLAND

    We ’d like to announce that SAS organize a 4-days hiking – excursion, starting on Friday the 19th of October till Monday the 22nd, in the … seldom visited Ikaria, the island where the clock is … unknown to people, result of which is to wake up in the … afternoon and sleep in the morning !! a method to live a century … at least !!!

    There, will take place three hikes : First on Saturday noon on Mt. Atheras, highest in the island, from Mavrato village to Karavostamo, a clear and wide path from where we’ll enjoy the endless panoramas in all directions, as well as the impressive ridge towards Mt. Melissa. Duration is 4 hours approximately and total distance to be covered is 8 km. Height difference is 340 m. ascent and 740 m. … descent !

    Second hike on Sunday morning, it is obvious that we don’t follow locals’ itinerary …, on south side of Pounta peak from the tiny village of Vaoni to St. Dimitrios churh, that passes through the small villages of Tsapatato and Vardarades and offers spectacular views of the Aegean. Duration of this hike is also 4 hours approx. and height difference 580 m. ascent or … descent, we’ll decide there !!

    Last hike, a short one, is on Monday … late morning either from Kampos village to the region of Raches where is the monastery of Theoktistis ( 2 hours ) or around the gorge of river Chalari, a natural reserve of grade importance with dense and varied vegetation ( 2,5 hours ), it depends from some factors.

    All the above routes are in one way direction, so to go to the starting point and return to our base, moving by shared taxis is necessary ( 6 times ). Estimated cost per person for the taxi … we don’t know ! we guess 40 € approx.

    Generally speaking the three hikes could be considered as easy !

    Hiking boots are essential, a raincoat also and a head torch for any case as well as reliable equipment.

    Analytical schedule and accurate meeting points will be announced later but as a possible departure from Piraeus is on Friday 07:35΄ and from Ikaria on Monday at 17:25΄.

    All the bookings for the ship or air tickets as well as the overnights in Agios Kirikos or Evdilos town, or wherever you prefer, would be arranged by your own. It is obvious that everyone could extend or shorten this hiking excursion to whatever.

    Suggested hotel or rooms to let in the island, in order to be concentrated in one place, will be given later. No reason to be in a hurry this period of time !

    If you are interested in participating, please declare up to 13th of October 18:00 p.m. with your intension for the various transportation ways and duration of his stay. If somebody intends to carry his car and could serve us in the island, please declare also.

    Due to the unpredictable changes of the ferries schedules, program is subject to change even 15 days prior to departure !

    Leader will be Georgos Foteinos, e-mail geoplanf@otenet.gr Emergency phone 6945 386255.

    Important notice : Keep in mind that if you participate in an Athens Strollers and Hikers walk or hike, you do so for your fun and your pleasure at one hand but entirely at your own risk at the other. The Athens Strollers and Hikers is an internet social club and neither the organizers nor the leader are responsible for the safety of those taking part. For more information about that please refer to the ‘ Declaration of Tyrol ’.

    Difficulty grades

    Easy walks :                1,5– 2 hrs                    and height differences up to 100 m

    Medium walks :          2 – 3 hrs                      and height differences up to 200 m

    Hard walks :                3 – 4 hrs                      and height differences up to 400 m

    Easy hikes :                 3 – 5 hrs                      and height differences up to 500 m

    Medium hikes :           5 – 7 hrs                      and height differences up to 750 m

    Hard hikes :                 7 hrs and up                and height differences 750 m and up

    Invitation : Anyone who likes to lead a future walk or hike please announce to us by e-mail referring to the place and the time he intends to take over this activity.

    Deletion : Anybody who doesn’t like to receive anymore the invitations about our activities for any reason, please declare us his desire !!

    Wish you a wonderful hiking excursion !

    Georgos and Anna

  • Hiking in Olympus, the mountain of Gods 2018

    Hiking in Olympus, the mountain of Gods

         At the end of September under the full moon .., SAS organize hiking and .. climbing for all members, independently of their trekking skills ! Olympus, is the most imposing and challenging mountain in Greece, with a variety of hiking, climbing and mountaineering routes but of course not walking ones … ! Standing on the boarders of Thessaly and Macedonia is one of the most interesting botanical places of the Balkans with rich flora and fauna. In 1938 it became the first National Park in Greece and in 1981 a site of World Natural Heritage.

    The group of hikers who will participate will be divided in three categories :

    Group A is for the trekkers with simple hiking abilities. They will stop at the second Refuge at an altitude of 1940 meters.

    Group B is for the trekkers that will reach the third Refuge, the highest in Greece and also in Balkans at an altitude of 2697 m which is located on the famous ‘‘ Muses Plateau ’’.

    Group C is for the mountaineers ! They must be experienced as special climbing skills are required to reach the highest peak of the mountain, at 2918 m. called ‘‘ Mitikas’’. They will follow, by their own, the most difficult trail ‘‘The Louki ’’ … ! and as they have managed to conquer the top of Greece, of course from those who are still alive and we are not joking … this time, they will enjoy a breathtaking view over the surrounding lands, islands even up to Parnitha Mountain !! … in a clear weather.

    Difficulty grade, according to the SAS scale is for :

    Group A :   medium hike
    Group B :   hard hike
    Group C :   out of limits .. !

    Schedule will be as follow :

    Saturday 22nd September : Will depart at 09:00 from north suburbs of Athens. Meeting point is at Café ‘‘ Everest ’’ on 162 Tatoiou street, from Kifissia to National Road No.1, some 100 meters just before Varibopi junction, at the right side. Optional stop at SEA Almyros Rest Area on the 270th km after 2,5 hours driving where a ‘‘ Flocafe ’’ exists and estimated arrival time at 14:00 at Litohoro, a town-village at the foot of Olympus where we could take a meal in the picturesque central square at a tavern overlooking the Enipeas Gorge ! Departure at 17:00 towards Dion from where it’s a 30΄ driving up to ‘‘ Koromilia ’’ refuge at an alt. of 1.000 m. where we’ll stay overnight. Optional 2 hours return walk to the ‘‘ Orlias ’’ waterfall either from St. Konstantinos and Eleni church point or from the refuge. Notice that the last part ( 9 km ) of the road to the refuge is dirt road so a 4WD car is preferable.

    Sunday 23rd September : Group A + B will start to walk at 09:30 the trail to ‘‘Petrostrouga ’’ which is at an altitude of 1940 m. Duration of this hiking is 4,5 h approximately including sufficient stops. Overnight at the ‘‘ Petrostrouga ’’refuge. Height difference that must be covered this day is 940 m.

    Monday 24th September : Group A remain at the ‘‘ Petrostrouga ’’ refuge for the whole day, relaxing and enjoying from its balcony the superb view over Thermaikos Gulf and Chalkidiki peninsula at the far east .. ! Some easy walks at the nearby places and paths like ‘‘ Ithakisios ’’cave ( 1 h return ) or ‘‘ Skourta – Lemos ’’ ( 3,5 h return ) could be done.

    Group B will depart at 09:30 for a 4,5 h hike, up to ‘‘ Muses ’’ Plateau where ‘‘ Giosos Apostolidis ’’refuge exists at an altitude of 2697 m for overnight staying. Height difference that must be covered is 760 m. In the afternoon some easy hikes to the nearby peaks of ‘‘ Profitis Ilias ’’ 2788 m. ( 45΄return ) or ‘‘ Touba ’’ 2800 m could be done while Group C will … try to the highest peak of Olympus, ‘‘ Mitikas ’’ at 2918 m ( 2,5 h return ).

    Tuesday 25th September : Group A will depart from ‘‘ Petrostrouga ’’ at 10:00 for the 3,5 h descent to ‘‘ Koromilia ’’ while Group B will depart from ‘‘Giosos Apostolidis ’’ at 08:00 for the 5,5 h descent, passing from ‘‘ Petrostrouga ’’ and reunited with Group A. On the way back to Athens we could have dinner at the traditionally preserved village of ‘‘ Paleos Agios Panteleimon ’’. Estimated arrival time to Athens at 21:30.

    Transportation will take place by our cars and pool system will be arranged between us. Anybody who intends to use his car and likes to serve other hikers, please declare it ( number of seats available ). Estimated cost for fuel and tolls to Olympus vice versa per car 180 € approximately.
    Everyone of us will book by his own, dormitory beds at the refuges for Saturday the 22nd of September at Koromilia refuge ( Group A and B ) as well as at the refuges of Petrostrouga (Group A two nights 23rd and 24th, Group B only 23rd ) and Giosos Apostolidis ( Group B 24th of September ).
    It is essential that appropriate equipment is required for the whole trek, even … fleece for evening hours and especially for those in Group C they must be equipped simply … with helmet !!

    Contacts :

    Refuge Koromilia : Mr. Vaggelis Giannikos tel. 6942 243349, facebook : Koromilia refuge – Καταφύγιο Κορομηλιά

    Refuge Petrostrouga : Mr. Nektarios tel.6977 246350, 2310 310649, e-mail : inform@hrt.org.gr

    Refuge Giosos Apostolidis : Mr. Nikos Tsavdaris tel.23510 82840, 6939 777064, e-mail : info@apostolidisrefuge.gr

     

    If you are interested in participating, please declare up to 6th of September 09:00 p.m. together with your intention to follow Group A, B or C, but o.k. : anyone who likes to change his mind and likes to jump between groups last time or even…during the hike, is welcome to do that .. !
    Please also declare your mobile phone number.
    Leader will be Georgos Foteinos, e-mail geoplanf@otenet.gr Emergency phone 6945 386255.

    Important notice : Keep in mind that if you participate in an Athens Strollers and Hikers walk or hike, you do so for your fun and your pleasure at one hand but entirely at your own risk at the other. The Athens Strollers and Hikers is an internet social club and neither the organizers nor the leader are responsible for the safety of those taking part. For more information about that please refer to the ‘ Declaration of Tyrol ’.

    Difficulty grades

    Easy walks :         1,5– 2 hrs             and height differences up to 100 m

    Medium walks :    2 – 3 hrs               and height differences up to 200 m

    Hard walks :         3 – 4 hrs               and height differences up to 400 m

    Easy hikes :          3 – 5 hrs               and height differences up to 500 m

    Medium hikes :     5 – 7 hrs               and height differences up to 750 m

    Hard hikes :          7 hrs and up         and height differences 750 m and up

    Invitation : Anyone who likes to lead a future walk or hike please announce to us by e-mail referring to the place and the time he intends to take over this activity.

    Deletion : Anybody who doesn’t like to receive anymore the invitations about our activities for any reason, please declare us his desire !!

    Wish you a nice hiking experience !

    Georgos and Anna

  • AUTUMN  2018

    AUTUMN  2018

    Back to our activities with the following programe :

    1. Hiking in Olympus, the mountain of Gods

    22 September – 25 September

    1. Footpaths of Ikaria island

    19 October – 22 October

    1. Strolling along Marathon Promenade

    24 November

    1. Walking on Lycabetus Hill and Neoclassic buildings of Kolonaki

    26 December

     

    Hope to join us !

    The organizers,

    Georgos and Anna

  • FULL MOON over the beautiful VRAONA BAY

    FULL  MOON  over the beautiful  VRAONA  BAY

          Σχετική εικόνα            Σχετική εικόνα

    On Saturday the 2nd of June at 17:30 p.m., we ’ll meet each other for a relax … stroll along the beautiful Vraona Bay at the south-east coastline of Attica. This walk is a combination of seaside footpaths, an optional adventure … rocks hopping and a lovely … asphalt road !
    There are no significant height differences, just only 50 m over a hill from where the view of the coastline, the Aspronisia islets and Porto-Rafti is really spectacular. Duration of the stroll will be 2,5 hours approximately and total km to be covered will be 6,5. As concerning its difficulty is considered of medium grade !

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  • Photos from our hike to Mt. Kallidromo : the Nightmare’s footpath !

    16 Hikers enjoyed, without nightmares, dry but also wet, the most famous historical footpath of Greek history !!!

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  • Mt. Kallidromo : the Nightmare’s … footpath !

    Mt. Kallidromo : the Nightmare’s … footpath !

                                                                     Σχετική εικόνα

    On Sunday the 20th of May SAS organize a hiking excursion in ‘‘ Thermopiles ’’ area which is near Lamia, in order to follow the ‘‘ Efialtis ’’ trail on Mount Kallidromo.
    The footpath is famous because is this, through which a traitor of the Greek part with the name ‘‘ Efialtis ’’, that means nightmare … in English, led the Persian army behind the three hundred Spartans soldiers of ‘‘ Leonidas ’’, who were fighting against thousands of the enemy and were holding the narrow passage of ‘‘ Thermopiles ’’ closed to them.
    Total duration of the hike is 6 hours approx., distance to be covered 14 km, and what a happiness height difference is only 300 m ascent and 950 m … descent !

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