More information about Canyoning. Where we meet. How it is done. The process of the activity for all canyons.
For the Canyons on Mt. Kissavos (Ossa):
If the meeting place for the activity of Canyoning is at our Mt. Kissavos base (outdoor activity center of Mt. Kissavos), we get geared up there and then (put on the neoprene long Johns and jackets, harnesses, helmets e.t.c.) and you are transferred in our means of transport to the starting point of the canyon we are about to descend. In case of meeting at Karitsa village, you are transferred again in our means of transport to the starting point of the canyon (usually dirt road), to gear up. For Rakopotamos canyon the meeting point is at the small harbor of Agiokampos, to be transferred the same way (our means of transport) to the starting point. All the above meeting places are linked with “Google Maps – Our activities Destinations”, so that you can have all the road directions you need for coming to the actual places. You can always have our directions in person as well if needed.
For the canyons on Mt. Olympus:
The same sequence takes place after we have met in Litohoro for Enipeas canyon (at the central open car parking place bihind the ) and at Dion for Orlias-canyon (At the entrance of the archaeological museum. At the village’s entrance – you do not get into the village – turn left and in about 100m you see the relevant sign at the entrance of the museum on your right). For the above meeting places as well, being linked with “Google Maps – Our activities Destinations”, you can have all the road directions you need for coming to the actual place. You can always have our directions in person as well if needed.
For all canyons, just before the actual Canyoning, we all attend the beginners’ briefing about abseiling down waterfalls and what we should know and be aware of while moving in the canyon.
Pretty soon, any beginner’s initial nervousness disappears. We are now in another wonderful world and we simply enjoy it. At a nice spot in the canyon, we stop for hot tea and cookies your guides have carried for you.
Upon finishing, the Olympos Trek vehicle is waiting for you with your dry clothes, as well as a nice picnic.
When you feel ready to go, you are transferred back to your vehicle for your return. With most of the Mt. Olympus canyons, the local dirt road transfers are not usually needed as the meeting place is the same starting and finishing point and some approach walk to the route’s starting point in the canyon is involved.
Note that canyoning, compared with other activities and because of its complex nature, takes quite a long time, ranging from 4 hours min to 9 hours max, depending upon which canyon we have chosen to do. Nevertheless, it is a slow process without any particular feeling of physical fatigue in most cases.
What you really need to have is good, positive spirit as well as a basic knowledge of swimming, especially for canyons with large / long pools.