Vroutsis Vangelis

Vangelis Vroutsis was born in Athens in 1963. Initially a scout, later a climber and a speleologist, in 1985 he became a member of EOS ATHENS and attended the annual Mountaineering School of the Association, as it was then called. He studied Technologist – Mechanical Engineer at TEI. Athens and had the DHAULAGIRI bookstore in Pefkakia.

In 1987 he climbed for the first time on the White Mountain of the Alps. In 1988 he participated in the Federal Alpine Center in the Italian Alps, climbing Mont Blanc needles. In the same year he climbed the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.

Since then, always with EOS Athens, he participated in climbing and ascents, first as a trainee and then as an instructor with a specific philosophy, ethos, modesty and simplicity.

In 1989 he participated in the Federal Mission in the Himalayas climbing Lobuche Peak 6119 m and Island Peak 6183 m. In 1990 he participated in the Mission of EOS ATHENS in Dhaulagiri 8167 m of the Himalayas reaching an altitude of 7600 m.

In 1995 he participated with the national preparation team for Everest in the Federal Mission in the Pamirs and climbed the peaks Korzhenevskaya 7105 m and Peak Kommunismus 7495 m. In 1998 he participated in the Federal Mission in Kusum Kanguru 6200m in the Himalayas, climbing the Northeast ridge. In 2004 he participated in the EOS Athens mission in Alaska and was promoted to McKinley. In 2005 he participated as an instructor in the federal mission in the Caucasus and was promoted to Elbrus and other peaks.

He was named Assistant Mountaineering Instructor by the Federation in 1988, Mountaineering Instructor in 1990, Mountain Guide in 1993, Mountaineering Coach by the G.G.A. in 1992. He was a member of the Association of Greek Mountain Guides. He staffed and organized as a manager many schools in mountaineering associations of Athens and was in charge Instructor of the School of Mountaineering Beginners of EOS Athens for the last fifteen years.

From 2000 until his death he was also involved in the voluntary organization of programs of the Association for young people with addiction problems. In the periods 2004-05 and 2005-06 he organized a mountaineering school in collaboration with KETHEA and with funding from the General Secretariat for Youth for young people, users of substances included in KETHEA detoxification programs.

Vangelis died of a heart attack on Saturday, January 31, 2009 in the gorge of Reka in Giona, standing on the way with his students.

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