Panagiotis Kotronaros was born in Athens. He studied Mechanical Engineering and holds a Diploma in Sports Coach, but his passion for mountains and life in nature led him to be a professional in mountaineering.
He became known to the general public as the leader of the first national expedition to mount Everest, "HELLAS-EVEREST 2004", in Greece in May 2004. He has participated in many mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas (Everest 8.848m, Cho Oyu 8.201m, Dhaulagiri 8.167m, Shisha Pangma 8.046m) gaining, among other things, extensive experience in risk management and team guidance in adverse conditions.
Since 1997 he has been teaching non-stop mountaineering, climbing and mountain rescue techniques in schools of the Hellenic Mountaineering Climbing Federation (EOOA), he is the VP of the Greek Union of Mountain Guides and has trained many men of the Army Special Forces as well as high-altitude workers.
n 2001 he founded the BASE CAMP Mountain Sports School and later (2014) the travel agency "BASECAMP TRAVEL", with the purpose of training in mountain sports and organizing mountaineering missions in the mountains of the world, with the participation of climbers from all over Greece.
IIt has professionally organized, led and implemented more than 50 mountaineering & climbing schools and over 40 mountaineering missions in every corner of the earth (Himalayas, Pamir, Andes, Alps, Caucasus, Ecuador, Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan Jordan, Borneo, Vietnam, etc.).
Since 2006 he has been working with leading companies in all disciplines as an inspirational speaker in leadership, teamwork and human resources seminars and has been organizing corporate team-building events, and since 2012 he is a member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) , the Hellenic Coaching Association (HCA) and the Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD).
From a young age he passionately pursued the super marathon distances on land and sea with success at Spartathlon (250km), the Toroneos & Messinian Gulf crossings (26 & 35km), the Ironman Triathlon and the mountain races (UTMB 160km, Route 120km, Olympus). 44km etc.). His philosophy of outdoor activities is simple and gently attributed to the phrase "Identify with Nature" that he often uses in discussions with his students.
”Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.” – Edmund Hillary