Hiking routes by OPS Ikarias in Google maps


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OPS Ikarians on Mt Atheras

eopsilogo-bw2Let’s see a few cool hiking routes created on Google maps by the Mountain Climbing and Hiking Club of Ikaria. In spite the lack of support by government and privates, OPS Ikarias are doing more than their best to promote hiking in Ikaria. In Click on image to view all maps in this entry the course of time they have literally built with their hands a large network of very popular hiking routes in the island’s varied landscapes and since 2014 when they owned a page in Google they started making Google maps of some of these hikes. Though I have helped several times, it is never enough. There is and there will always be plenty more to do.

This entry stands as a due tribute, promotion and encouragement to the their effort. As I said and as surprising as this can be, the OPS Ikarias are not funded by anybody. On they other hand,  as far as marking and mapping the paths are concerned, given that they are very few and that the terrain of the island is very rough and complicated, they haven’t done badly at all!

However, their task is far from being concluded. The maps that I am presenting below to do not correspond to organized, marked and clearly secure trails of the kind we see in other parts of the world. So very often advise and guidance in needed in advance. But the good thing is that the OPS Ikarias are residents who live on the island all year long. So, before you take up any of these hikes, I am asking you to get in contact with them either through their Google page, their blog or their page on facebook.

As far as I am concerned, I am giving you these maps -product of long, hard work in the field and on the computer. Being very familiar with all of these hikes, I have added behind the links (move your mouse over to read) my own short descriptions and tips.One last word before we start: don’t miss to have a look at all the great photos included in the maps!

1) The Round of Eastern Messaria in Ikaria on Foot
(See also: «Old lanes revisited»)

 

2) Winter Explorations in Voutsides river in Messaria
(See also: «Οι χειμωνιάτικοι καταρράκτες του μικρού Ναναζόνιου»)

 

3) The Round of Radi Forest on Foot
(See also: «Legends about Ikaria: The Forest of Radi»)

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4) «HINTERLAND»
a hiking round in the wild mountains of western Ikaria

(Also: «HINTERLAND: γύρος στην ορεινή ενδοχώρα της δυτικής Ικαρίας.»)

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Caution: These hiking routes may look great on Google maps but the truth is that they are far from being completed as projects. In spite of the help that you may get from OPS Ikarias, ifAgency of mountain tour guiding in Ikaria. you still feel unsure, no worries! You may seek professional assistance from KANGA ツ  Simple people, all of them members of OPS Ikarias and residents of the island, these guys will only be glad to show you around on a very reasonable price. 🙂 Aye, almost forgot! They also own a Google page though I don’t think they are on facebook yet.

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Now let me say that I am go to go on picking from the OPS Ikarias map collection. I think the next maps will be our own favorites, «The Trail of the Elves» ^^’ and  «The Trail in Chalares Canyon»   ^^’

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As for those of you who ran across my blog while you only looking for general information and things to do in Ikaria, you may read, for instance:

Touristicon

In my blog: Things to do in Ikaria, in Greek

Ikaria in August – Instructions for Use

In Eleni's blog: Basic things to know about Ikaria in August

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..Tuesday, March 15 2016.
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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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    • Eleni said

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      I wasn’t aware that you have created so many maps! 🙂

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      Two big hikes Google mapped! Two big hikes Google mapped! Two big hikes Google mapped!

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      Let me ask an edgy question. Though I should be the last person to do so, let me ask it anyway. How do you feel when hiking tour agencies use this information, organize hikes and make money? I suppose it’s alright but it’s a good moment as these wonderful Google maps are on air now, to state your position. 🙂

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      Ikaria gennaio 2016

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      ^^’ 🙄

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        Thanks for the question. As a matter of fact it’s a very reasonable one. The answer is that not only we don’t mind, on the contrary this is one of our major intentions as far as and in the measure that their activities help and sustain the local economy, add value to the environment and so on. It’s true that some agencies and tour leaders are not as good as we expect but most of them are great, bringing along wonderful people who often come on their own after that again and again!
        Anyway, Eleni, you know, no matter who or what, we love to see hikers hiking on our trails. It’s the greatest feedback after all our efforts!

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      • Eleni said

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        The least I can say is that anywhere you go, you should be offered free coffees…

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        free coffee for a good job done

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    Και μακαρονάδα! 🙂

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    kouzina 1 kouzina 2 summer laundry

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    Thank you, Nana and the OPSIkarians of course! This material is very useful for everyvody involved in hiking. We hope there will be more. 🙂

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    🙂 ^^’

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  4. […] . In return for Nana’s long, hard work to process and publish our OPS Ikarias Google maps in her blog, I am adding one more part to her amazing Simply Series: some photos of our friend Z.T. […]

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