Hi ! I’m Dimitris Despiniadis.
I was born and currently live in Thessaloniki ( Greece ), just 1 hour drive from the legendary mount Olympus, a place that I consider as 2nd home.
As long as I can remember I always had a special interest in sports, geography and human cultures but above all an unconditional love for the natural world.
In the years that followed adolescence, my exploits in the mountains became so frequent and intense that can be considered as personal lifestyle.
Besides my love for backpacking ( trekking) – which I believe is an ideal way to explore the wanders of nature and immerse yourself to the local cultures – I enjoy hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, running, snowshoeing, swimming as well as other outdoor activities.
My passion for travel and exploration brought me to special places with exceptional ethnological interest, such as the Amazon rainforest, the Tibetan plateau and the holy rivers of India.
During the last decade I planned and led compact trekking expeditions ( some of them exploratory ) in Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Nepal, India, Iceland and Corsica.
Additionally, 2-3 times per year I participate in Ultra- trail races in my home country and abroad, such as the famous Tor des Geants ( 330 Km, 24000 D+ ) in the Italian Alps – 1st Greek to finish the race – and Ronda dels Cims ( 170 Km, 13500 D+ ) in the Pyrenees of Andorra.
As from 2015 I have the honor to be a member of The North Face (Greece) Explorers team.
I speak Greek, English, Spanish and I’m currently learning French . On the other hand, one thing that travel taught me is that if there is will from both sides, communication between people is more than feasible despite the language barrier.
I often find inspiration in the stories of people who left their mark in exploration and adventure , but also in those with positive vibes who respect the others and the environment !
I am constantly dreaming up and planning new ( bolder ) adventures!
Next one: Unsupported crossing of Iceland on foot!
Through this website I want to share with you stories from my journeys, personal thoughts as well as useful tips about skills , equipment and trip planning that could help aspiring hikers to build confidence in order to enjoy ( if they wish) the outdoors independently .
I would love to take your feedback … or meet you on the trail !