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Michalis Tsoukias – Amateur or Professional? A lifetime of experiences on the mountains and the fields.

Michalis Tsoukias – Amateur or Professional? A lifetime of experiences on the mountains and the fields.

Michalis Tsoukias – Amateur or Professional? A lifetime of experiences on the mountains and the fields.

44 years of adventure, 30 of which professionally. I have experienced and learned a lot – but most importantly: that there is no good thing entirely stripped of bad. All things in life have two facets and there is no action without consequence.

My amateur (and youthful) years have left me with friendships and memories of adventures to the limit, as well as social action. The mountaineering rescue and climbing schools were the most important. They, naturally, had consequences: I was permanently broke and the only issue I could discuss was the current mountaineering problems.

The later professional (and mature) years have offered me experiences of countries and their people through travel and acquaintances through activities like rafting & canoeing. After several years of professional activity, I started having some money. But I was alienated from my friends, I was lost from the mountains, I was faced accusations.

It is still early for the final verdict - life and adventure continues.

Michalis Tsoukias was born in Athens in 1955 and has been involved in Mountaineering since 1972 under the EOS of Athens. He has studied Architect engineering. He was the President of the EOS of Athens and Vice Chairman of the Mountaineering Association (EEOS), in which he created the existing mountaineering education system. He was the first chairman of the Mountain Drivers Association (SEΟB). He was the Chief of the first Greek mission in the Himalayas in 1985, and for this achievement he was honored with the Golden Honor Prize by the PSAP. Since then, he has been involved in many mountaineering missions in the Himalayas, Andes and Antarctica. He’s a V river Guide and has created many tracks in canyons. He created the first Greek outdoor business enterprise: Trekking Hellas.

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