Gorge hiking in Crete, Greece

A trip that has been in the planning stages for the past 1 1/2 years will finally take place later this summer as I travel to Greece for my 5th lifetime trip there.  On previous trips to Greece, I spent most of my time in Athens.  But I also have visited Corinth, Delphi, Meteora, and other areas of interest.  I haven’t written up much about my previous 11 trips to Europe here on the site, as this site is mostly about Death Valley.  But I do hope to do some write-ups about this trip to include under my Other Hikes section.  As part of our time in Greece this summer, we plan to spend nearly a week on the island of Crete.  Most people are not aware of this, but Crete has some of the best canyon hiking in Europe.  In fact, my planning map lists 124 major gorges.  Being that canyon hiking is my favorite type of hiking, I hope to hike and document at least 5 of the major gorges on Crete.  The gorges I’m doing extensive research and planning for include Samaria, Imbros, Agia Irini, Aradena, Kritsa, Sarakina, and the Kollita Gorges — which are Kato Poros and Moundros.  I won’t be able to get to all of them, but it sure will be nice to do some canyon hiking later this summer.  The trip still isn’t for a while, but once I’m there I will try to post some updates here on my blog.

On another note, I still have one more Death Valley trip report to release from my February trip.  It documents the major canyon between Red Wall and Palmer.  If I could just think of an informal name for the canyon it would be released already…