For a second time I set out to Lamia with my partner Klaus. Despite the bad weather forecast we are optimistic. The canyoning backpack is packed – the plane ready. :) We are, too. We travel to Athens. From there, we try to get a bus in direction Lamia, where we are already awaited by Vasilis Messini – he is our host for the weekend. The magical journey to one of the most beautiful gorges begins. The next day we meet our Swiss friends. With a team of 6 people we get ready for the "big" day. It starts to rain on our day of arrival and it gets foggy – we are nervous. We are so many kilometres from home. Will we even be able to access the gorge? Or will there be too much water? We don't know yet.
The day of our adventure starts very early. After a strengthening breakfast at Vasilis', we start our day at 6 in the morning – for the next hour we are transported to the entrance of the gorge with a 4x4. The weather is dull, the sky grey and drab. We are excited. Another 15 minutes of descending, then we will finally know if the water levels will be fine. We are lucky :D ...and can enter. The gorge is over 1000 meters high and about 5 kilometres long. No signal, no emergency exits. We take our first steps in the impressive streambed – it's a long way to the first rappelling possibility... we rappelled... jumped – now we are in. Our eyes are shining. The gorge is so multi-faceted. You can rappel up to 90m, it's technical, there are many opportunities to slide or jump and it is definitely long and energy-sapping. Sometimes you are completely alone, it's like a little maze, and the rappelling passages are nothing for the faint-hearted. But inbetween there's enough space and time to dream. Rock as far as the eye reaches, sometimes you can't even see the sky. Despite the dull weather, the pools are just wonderful and we were totally amazed by the beautiful waterfalls.