Παρασκευή 19 Ιανουαρίου 2024

Nikos Maggitsis, τhe Greek of the 7 summits

It was January 19, 2003, when Nikos Maggitsis became the first Greek to reach the South Pole.
Together with two Americans, he covered a distance of 250 kilometers in temperatures that even reached -50 degrees Celsius and managed to raise the Greek flag and that of the Olympic Games, at the southernmost point of the planet.
Nikos Maggitsis (born Volos, 1968) is a Greek climber and alpinist, who has distinguished himself in mountaineering expeditions abroad and has conquered important peaks of the world.

Nikos Maggitsis was born in Volos, in 1968.

He holds a degree in Physical Education and Sports from TEFAA Komotini, at the Democritus University of Thrace and has prepared a master's thesis on the subject: "Reaction time at high altitude". He has attended many seminars in the field of sports, sports tourism and outdoor activities.

Maggitsis and Christina Flampouri are the only Greek alpinists who have completed the "7 summits" project, the seven highest peaks on the planet, in each of the seven continents, i.e. they have climbed the following most difficult peaks: Everest, Aconcagua, Mac Kinley, Kilimanjaro, El Bruce, Vinson, and Carstensz. He has summited Everest, the "mountain of mountains", the highest peak on Earth, on May 17, 2004, at 5:45 am.

He was the Olympic Volunteer Ambassador for "ATHENA 2004", for 4 years. He has organized and implemented 44 sports survival missions all over the planet.

He is the first and only Greek (to date) who has reached the North Pole (in 2000) and the South Pole (in 2003) on foot. His actions also include, among others, the hiking crossing of the Tunisian Sahara (in 2001), the crossing of the Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia (in 2005), as well as the first winter crossing of the Aegean Sea with an individual kayak, from Lemnos to Volos, in 2002.

He lives permanently in Agria, Magnesia and trains in Pelion.