Well-known Corfu diaspora mountaineer the 19th coronavirus death in Greece
ATHENS. Michalis Tsoukias, 64, originally from Potami, Lefkimmi, died at Athens Sotiria Hospital on Tuesday morning, taking the number of deaths from coronavirus in Greece to 19.
Michalis Tsoukias climbed mountains all over the world and was leader of the first Greek mission to the Himalayas (Annapurna) in 1985, for which he was honoured with the Golden Honor Prize by the PSAP. He was co-founder of the first Greek outdoor activity company Trekking Hellas in 1986 and introduced canyoning to Greece in 1996.
He had a long list of achievements to his name including:
- Leader of 3 Greek missions in the Himalayas - 1985: Annapurna, 1987: Ama Dablam, 1989: Lobuche and Island Peak.
- Member of the first successful mission to Alpamayo in the Andes in 1987.
- Leader of the first International Mountaineer Training Mission for young mountaineers in the Himalayas (Kamet) in 1990. There were 47 members of this successful mission.
- Leader of the first successful Greek mission to the Antarctic in 2000 - climbing the tallest peak Vinson (5,140m).
- Climbed Mt. Kinabalou (4,001m) in Borneo and Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in Tanzania.