Ultra Endurance Athlete


In 2004, Georgios was a member the Greek national mountaineering expedition “Hellas Everest 2004”, an expedition which attempted to summit Mount Everest from both the northern and southern side routes of the mountain, while at the same time, and in collaboration with the 2004 Olympic Games Committee, they aimed to take the Olympic Games flag for the first time ever to the summit of Mount Everest. During the expedition, in his role as the team's scientific advisor and medic during high altitude climbing, he was a member of the climbing team attempting to summit Everest from the notoriously hazardous northern side route in the Tibetan Himalayas. Georgios ascended to the summit and became the first Greek climber ever to do so from the northern side route, and successfully joined other Greek climbers who had already climbed Everest from the southern side route in Nepal, the first ever being Constantine Niarchos in 1999. Concurrent to the expedition, Georgios also researched elite climbers and their ability to survive and perform optimally under the combined extreme environmental conditions of severe hypoxia and cold.

In 2019, in his role as expedition doctor, Georgios was selected to medically and scientifically oversee the British expedition 'LMAX Everest Rugby Challenge'. The expedition, which consisted of 30 individuals, trekked across the Himalayan highlands of Tibet towards Mount Everest. Once the team was properly acclimatised to altitude, they attempted and successfully played two rugby games, one at 5200m on Everest North side Base Camp and another at 6,400 meters on the Rongbuk glacier on the north side of Mt Everest. The main objective of the expedition was to fundraise for the British children’s charity 'Wooden Spoon' which is officially supported by the British Rugby Federation. Following the successful completion of both rugby games at altitude, the games where officially entered into the Guinness book of world records. After completion of the ‘LMAX Everest Rugby Challenge’, Georgios joined a British mountaineering expedition whose members aimed to climb to the summit of Mt Everest via the northern side route. During this mountaineering expedition, and aside from his climbing role, Georgios, in his additional role as researcher of human physiology in extreme environmental conditions, and in collaboration with the academic and director of the research laboratory FAME Lab Andreas Flouris at the University of Thessaly in Greece, collected scientific data on the human responses under the conditions of high altitude and cold. The scientific data and information they collected from Mt Everest were amongst the first of their kind to be collected under these extreme environmental conditions. Georgios’ mountaineering attempt to summit Mt Everest was financially supported by the following sponsors: the Danish company ‘Evnia’ who is the major sponsor, the Canadian company ‘Fleet Complete', the Greek company 'Dioratikotita’, and finally ‘North Face Hellas’ supporting him with part of his mountaineering gear. Georgios successfully reached the summit of Mt Everest on the 23rd of May, 2019. 

Historical background: Mount Everest is located in the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. In Tibet, the mountain had always been called Chomolungma, 'Goddess Mother of the Earth'. It was first mapped in 1852 by the British topographer George Everest, and in 1855, it was officially named Everest. Its height is 8848m. The first ever serious attempt to climb Mount Everest was made in 1924, from the Northern Tibetan route, by George Malory and Andrew Irvine, who arrived very close to the summit, but were then lost. To this day, it remains unknown whether or not they successfully reached the summit. Nearly 30 years later, in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest from the Southern Nepalese route, and became the first climbers to return back safely and speak of their summit success and experience.