July 2013

Sunday 7th

Patsos Gorge

Leader: Eleni Arnopoulou • Hiking time: 4 hrs • Difficulty rating: 1

A beautiful green gorge near Patsos village at an altitude of 490m. We start crossing it from Agios Antonios Cave down to Voleones village, at 350m. The hike is mainly in the shade. In some parts we may need a bathing suit, as we cross the bottom of the gorge.

Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th

Chryssi Island

Leader: Fofo Tsividaki • Hiking time: 1+1 hrs • Difficulty rating: 1

A carefree, relaxing weekend on the unique Chryssi Island, known for its cedar-tree forest and its beaches of white sand and seashells. We go there by boat from Ierapetra. We spend the night in tents or sleeping-bags. There is a tour around the island for those who wish to know the secrets of the island. We return to Heraklion on Sunday evening.

5-day trip 18th – 24th

Mt Olympus

Leader: Zoumboulia Volonaki

Once every year all Greek mountaineers meet on a mountain on the day celebrating our patron Prophet Elias. This year the 73rd Panhellenic Mountaineering Meeting takes place on Mt Olympus on Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st July. It’s organized by the Greek Federation of Mountaineering Clubs celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first ascent on Olympus highest peak, Mytikas, at 2917 m. On the next three days we go hiking around the mountain of the gods spending the nights in refuge houses or tents. A detailed programme is going to be announced in mid June.

Sunday 28th

Koutraliotiko Gorge

Leader: Christos Assargiotis • Hiking time: 6hrs • Difficulty rating: 1

A cool hike along the Kourtaliotis river, one of the few Cretan rivers with water flowing all year round. Crossing Kourtaliotiko Gorge we have the chance to swim in the river, in small waterfalls and of course at the beach of Preveli, where we end up.

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