About Kostas

Experience

I started riding a motorcycle at a young age, and travelled in Europe, the Balkans, and Asia. My passion for motorcycles led me to organise “Safe driving seminars for motorcycles”.
Later, I was involved with mountaineering and climbing. I climbed mountains in Greece and abroad and repeated several challenging climbing routes, in most of the Greek mountains. Between 2010 and 2014, I was actively involved in developing climbing cliffs in Fthiotida – Greece. In parallel, I edited the publication of the first climbing guide for the region.
Since 2014, I have been living in Heraklion – Crete, where I am an active member of the local climbing community, with important work in the maintenance of old climbing routes. That same year, I participated in the establishment of the first Via Ferrata on the island, in the mountainous region of Asterousia.
Between 2016 and 2018, I worked in the outdoor equipment store “Mountain Club”, as manager of the webshop. (www.mountainclub.gr).

Schools

  • 2012 Beginners Rock Climbing School of the Greek Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.
  • 2013 Intermediate Rock Climbing School of the Greek Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.
  • 2018 Beginners Mountaineering School of the Greek Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.
  • 2019 Intermediate Mountaineering School of the Greek Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.
  • 2022 Via Ferrata Guide Level 2. Organized by ICAN World and Metavasi.
  • 2023 Canyoning Guide Level 1. Organized by ICAN World and Metavasi.
  • 2023 Climbing Guide Level 1. Organized by ICAN World and Metavasi.
  • 2023 Vocational education and training qualification as a Mountain Leader.

Seminars – Workshops

  • 2007 “Safe off road riding seminar for motorcycles“.
  • 2012 workshop on: “Self-rescue operations in a vertical field“, organized by the Athens SEO.
  • 2014 Seminar “Standard First Aid, CPR-AED“, of ECSI.
  • 2018 Seminar “Basic life support and use of Automatic External Defibrillator“, of the Hellenic Red Cross.
  • 2019 – 2020 Seminar entitled: “Animator of Outdoor Tourist Leisure Activities“, organized by the Training & Lifelong Learning Center of the University of Thessaly – Greece.
  • 2020 Educational Workshop on: “Geo-tourism in the Psiloritis Geo-park“, organized by the AKOMM-PSILORETIS SA OTA.
  • 2021 Google Digital Workshop “Basic Principles of Digital Marketing”.
  • 2021 “Risk Management for Outdoor Programs – Covid-19“, by VIRISTAR.
  • 2022 Seminar in Canyoning. Level SFP2 and SFP3, by the Department of Crete of the Hellenic Speleological Society.
  • 2022 Seminar entitled: “Geo-tourism“, organized by the Training & Lifelong Learning Center of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Greece.
  • 2022 Wilderness First Aid – Advanced Course. Organized by ECSI.

Languages

  • English (fluency level: Advanced)
  • French (fluency level: Intermediate)

Other interests

  • Mountain running
  • Ski touring
  • Writing articles on websites related to hiking – mountaineering – climbing