In 2004, Georgios was a member the Greek national mountaineering expedition “Hellas Everest 2004”, an expedition attempting to summit Mount Everest from both the northern and southern routes, while at the same time aiming, in collaboration with the 2004 Olympic Games Committee, to take the Olympic flag, for the first time ever, to the summit. During the expedition in his role as the scientific advisor and medic during high altitude climbing, he was a member of the team attempting to summit from the hazardous Northern side route in the Tibetan Himalayas. Concurrent to the expedition, and as part of his doctorate thesis, he took the opportunity to study elite climbers and their ability to survive and perform optimally under the combined extreme environmental conditions of severe hypoxia and cold. Georgios successfully ascended to the summit, becoming the first Greek climber ever to do so from the northern side route.
Mount Everest’s height is 8848meters and it is located in the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. The first ever serious attempt to climb Mount Everest was made in 1924, from the northern Tibetan route, by George Malory and Andrew Irvine. 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 ones to return back safely. The death rate on Everest is approximately 1 life lost for every 10 successful attempts to the summit.