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    "... la Montagne est le lien entre la Terre et le Ciel. ... Elle est la voie par laquelle l'homme peut s'élever à la divinité, et la divinité se révéler à l'homme."
    René Daumal, Le Mont Analogue. Roman d'aventures alpines, non euclidiennes et symboliquement authentiques

I was introduced to rock climbing at the tender age of 50, by Tzortzis Milias, a dear friend who is a chemistry teacher in Athens and a well-known persona on the Greek mountains. I have been enjoying my training with Tzortzis in Greece, including on the island of Kalymnos, a world-class climbing destination, indoors and outdoors climbing in and around the Boston area with MIT students and colleagues (Kuang Xu, Guy Bresler, and many others), and some memorable adventures.

  • August 2016 - Yosemite Snake Dike. Tzortzis made the long trip from Greece to San Francisco and led on the Snake Dike (5.7R) route to the top of the Half Dome, in Yosemite.

    A description of the trip (in Greek) was featured in the mountaineering magazine Κορφές ("Peaks").

  • April 2014 - Nireas, Symi, Greece. The picturesque Aegean island of Symi is endowed with a variety of sports routes and a spectacular 300+ meter vertical wall. With Tzortzis leading all except for the easier first pitch, I followed along the Nireas route (250 meters, 6c/5.11a, marked yellow in the picture; for a sense of scale, notice the large sailboat at the bottom left corner). Five years later (April 2019), we went back for a successful repeat.