_Blog Review Ikaria 2014 # 11 The Explorers (2a)_
Είμαι η Νανά to agrimi και σήμερα στο μπλογκ της Ελένης που παρουσιάζει διαλεχτά μπλογκς για την Ικαρία, γράφω για τον ΟΠΣ Ικαρίας.
Είναι μια χαοτική παρέα που αλλάζει συνεχώς, άλλοι έρχονται, άλλοι φεύγουν, σημαδεύουν και φτιάχνουν μονοπάτια, παραδοσιακά ή καινούριες διαδρομές, κάνουν πεζοπορίες, ορειβασίες, ψάχνουν, εξερευνούν, φωτογραφίζουν, στις πτυχώσεις των βουνών ανακαλύπτουν κρυμένες ομορφιές που δεν φαίνονται.
Είναι ο Ορειβατικός Πεζοπορικός Σύλλογος Ικαρίας, μια ανεξάρτητη, δημιουργική ομάδα ντόπιων πεζοπόρων και ορειβατών που κι αυτοί δεν καλοφαίνονται, δεν έχουν, ας πούμε, πινακίδα ούτε γραφεία, όμως θα καταλάβεις την παρουσία τους από τη συστηματική δουλειά που έχουν κάνει στα βουνά και την εξίσου συστηματική προβολή της στο ίντερνετ.
Για χάρη τους, επεμβαίνω στη σειρά blog reviews about Ikaria που κανονικά γράφει η Ελένη, και προσθέτω στην κατηγορία «explorers» το ιστολόγιο του ΟΠΣΙ που είναι συνάμα, ημερολόγιο δραστηριοτήτων και εκδρομών, διαδικτυακό βιβλίο πρακτικών και κατάλογος προτάσεων για βόλτες με τα πόδια στο νησί, δύσκολες ή εύκολες, χειμώνα ή καλοκαίρι.
Για όποιον ξέρει τη μορφολογία της Ικαρίας αλλά και τον χαρακτήρα των κατοίκων, ο τίτλος «Κλείνει προς τα έξω, ανοίγει προς τα μέσα» είναι μάλλον κατανοητός και οικείος. Ειπώθηκε πριν πολλά χρόνια σαν ατάκα από την Ελένη σε μια πεζοπορία, καθώς προσπαθούσαμε να περιγράψουμε το νησί: απ’ έξω απότομο, άγριο και κλειστό, αλλά από μέσα μια αγκαλιά.
Αυτό είναι το πρώτο μέρος του αφιερώματος. Κάνοντας κλικ στο μικρό εικονίδιο, ανοίγει θεαματικό fullscreen Slide Show φωτογραφιών στο Flickr. Κάνοντας κλικ στο μεγάλο εικονίδιο, ανοίγει η σχετική καταχώρηση όπου διαβάζει κανείς την περιγραφή της δράσης και των σκηνικών, με πρακτικές πληροφορίες, χάρτες, σχεδιαγράμματα, κτλ. Όπως πάντα, τριγυρίζοντας το ποντίκι πάνω από τα λινκς και τις εικόνες, διαβάζεις τίτλους, αποσπάσματα και περιλήψεις.
Για σχόλια καλά είναι κι εδώ, αλλά καλύτερα πήγαινε στο μπλογκ τους, επίσης και στο facebook group : hikingIkaria
… .Οκτώβρης 2008: Εκδρομή γνωριμίας
Unknown group of hikers have marked with beautiful cairns the entire length of the trail across the SPA “Natura200” (Chalares river gorge and adjacent territories), from Nas on the northern coast and southwards to the mountain plateau “Erifi” and then over the top and down as far as the cove “Elias Kampos” on the south coast of the island, on the long, rough trail we call «THE TRAIL OF TWO CANYONS». They have also raised cairns along the transikarian trail which runs on the tops of Mt. Atheras.
Each cairn consists of several well-chosen cubic stones standing one on top of the other, from the larger to the smaller like cones or pyramids. The distance between them is from 50 to 100 meters, so you may have a rough estimate of their number. On a trail of at least 40 km, these elaborate constructions, some of which are clearly artistic, must be over 300!!!
As for the time involved, given that an expert in stones and with the material handy would need no less than 20 min. to choose the right spot and build a cairn like this, the estimate is that it took the unknown group several days and many back and forth hikes to accomplish their feat. Yet, neither the authorities nor anybody from the neighboring villages of Rahes have heard a word about this!!!
Who may these people be? Let’s play the detective. Maybe they are:
- “Mad” cairn-maker artists who were inspired and did so because they felt like it.
- votes: 1
- Swiss hikers, specialists in cairn-building, who plant cairns wherever they go.
- votes: 0
- Just some good people who offer discreet help and mark trails in an interesting, difficult place
- votes: 12
- Some ultra-alternative hiking tour agency who have marked this new trail “as their own”.
- votes: 1
- “Good grouvaloi” from Nas who propose “Elias Kampos” as an alternative refuge –by hiking there!
- votes: 0
- Shadowy organization supporting the “Natura2000” SPA project.
- votes: 1
- Any or none of the above. Better not to know. It’s just another mystery of Ikaria.
- votes: 2
On the 26th August the Mad Outdoor Brigade are coming to do volunteer work in Ikaria again! I missed them last year; I’ll miss them this year too. But if YOU are in Ikaria from 26 Aug. to 3 Sept. YOU don’t miss them. Drop by and say hello to them. The same as last year they will camp in the public hall of the church Profitis Elias in Karidies village, Rahes.
They are not coming for charity or even less to «colonize» or connect or show off. They do it for themselves and nobody should be obliged. They are tired from doing trips and «consuming» places. It’s very significant for them to «leave a mark». Mountaineers are very sensitive at that. In this case «the mark» is the paths.
Είναι μια τίμια ανταλλαγή.
Wednesday August 23, 2006 – 12:28am (EEST)
Looks like fun. Wish I could have helped.
Elle, hope all is good with you. Thinking about you, sending positive energy your way…
Monday August 28, 2006 – 07:59am (PDT)
I’m not good with my hands but I’m great with team work esp. outdoors. I get inspired and talk so much that people loose their minds and forget if they are tired or not.
Thank you dear ‘greg’. I feel fine. I also feel the positive energy coming. I’m rather concentrated in myself these days. So I don’t communicate much. I just work and watch around (+watch my waist -used to be very proud of-disappear completely -lol)
Monday August 28, 2006 – 09:35am (PDT)
I hope there will be the right kind of people in the «mad brigade» this year. Viva Volunteerism, direct approach and small enterprise! Down with —big projects— !!!
ps. x x x x Elenitsa
Tuesday August 29, 2006 – 12:14am (EEST)
Last weekend a group of 40 mountaineers from Athens came in Ikaria and walked on the mountain range from one side of the island to the other. I intended to meet them or rather find them somewhere along their way to «spy» on them.
That is, to follow them from a distance just to enjoy the sight. «People in Landscape» : a theme that I have an obsession with.
I also wanted to make them wonder of who I’d be, if they saw me. A shepherdess, a hunteress? A hiker who follows a better path than theirs? Add up some mystery… he he
But the weekend was very foggy. Mist covered the mountains, so I assumed that they wouldn’t do it and got back in bed.
I had done the same mistake : I underestimated the Greeks.
Not only had they walked the whole length of the mountain ATHERAS (including some very dangerous passages) in the fog but they also took a dip in a lake with air temperatures 16-20 degrees). On the next day they walked in the canyon of Chalares, they swam in the river pools and then in the beach of Nas.
«People in Landscape». I know this is very important. I can’t explain why right now. Until I do better, see in the map what they did…
so that was you plan; «spy» on people like «the madwoman of the mountains of Ikaria, eh? Red hair would be seen from very far away even in the mist.
Anyway, they were travelling very fast. Too fast for me and far too fast for you. They wouldn’t stop and talk, talk, talk and have smokes and take pictures.
It’s difficult for the Greeks to wake up in the morning, pack and get on the move, but once they do —
Friday May 5, 2006 – 11:16pm (EEST)
-> once upon a time short-legged restless Greeks (armours, shields e.t.c.) walked all the way to India and back.
-> in fact the color of the fog in the Aegean is *salmon*. You can’t see a thing but it’s not scary. Because of this colour you feel ok; good vibrations… In it you sense that the sun reigns somewhere over the clouds.
It was very different during the blizzard on Ikaria in winter, though. Oh yes, it was, man.
Sunday May 7, 2006 – 10:46am (PDT)
never seen fog the color of salmon
Sunday May 7, 2006 – 06:10pm (PDT)
ha – I assumed that you were going to react with a comment _:
By «salmon» I translated the french «saumon» which is light greyish purple colour with a touch of yellow in it _: but the flesh of a fresh salmon fish is brighter and more to the orange, isn’t it?
Monday May 8, 2006 – 01:34am (PDT)
Yep, varies between pale orange and crimson, although we also have races of chinook salmon that are white-fleshed, we call them «white kings,» very rich and highly prized by those who know about them.
These Greeks, they are through-hikers, yes? Bully for them. And you, you are a woman of the misty mountains to a certain extent…
Monday May 8, 2006 – 08:19am (PDT)
I’m writing very fast and short right from THE island (…no horizon … just the blue). We arrived this morning. Eleni and I are going to smash it ! She is leaving, you know… So we’ve taken an oath to avoid the beaches. So it will be anything else but the beaches. My bf will very useful to break branches, hold us and drag us over boulders, make sure to show everybody that we are «accompanied». There will be no photos from these adventures. We are too big stars, super bums !
(so ‘un-ikarian’ -lol- we go to bed early…)
Monday May 8, 2006 – 11:10pm (EEST)