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Rock climbing

For Giorgos Staikos, of ActionClub Hellas, the strong attraction exerted by mountains and his love for nature led to his becoming involved in rock climbing. «It’s been a pet hobby of mine for 20 years. I set targets and try to attain them, testing the limits of my endurance. When I reach the top, the satisfaction, the images and my feelings are so intense I can’t describe them in words,» he said. «The tiredness from the effort gives way to a sense of well-being and absolute peace,» he told Kathimerini. Most climbing expeditions are held in spring and summer, with some of the most popular climbing spots being the rock of Varibobi in the foothills of Parnitha, Varasova (on the Patraic Gulf) and, naturally enough, Meteora. «Over the last four years, more and more people have become interested in rock climbing. Since 2000, everything to do with mountain-related activities has become particularly popular. There are dozens of mountaineering clubs all over the country and companies that people can go to in order to learn rock climbing.» Lessons usually last for four weekends and the cost (in the case of private companies) comes to 300 euros.