This new site, Athos Map 2012, is an absolute must for pilgrims who like to hike on the Athos paths and roads (and thus keep the legacy of Reinhold Zwerger alive).
With the help of modern GPS equipment and maps that can be downloaded on this site, a hike on the Holy Mountain will be much easier and more save. This is what the anonymous writer (thetimelord (at) gmx.at) from Austria shares with us:
“Take care about using the wonderful old trails on mount Athos. Don’t underestimate the actual condition of the trails (e.g overgrown) and the time consumption. Thus, several trails imaged on the Maps (Athos Map 2010, Zwerger Map) might not be found in reality today. The trails imaged in Athos Map 2012 are based on GPS tracks and georeferenced aerial photographs where paths were found that might correspond to that of the Zwerger Map. In rare cases it could happen that creeks were misinterpreted as trails. – Again, don’t forget to bring a real Map (e.g. the Zwerger Map) – see FAQ.
If you lost (or think that you might have lost) your trail on Mount Athos – immediately turn back and travel to the last (readable and clear) direction sign!”
Here some usefull examples of the GPS maps that you can download (the dotted line are paths, the red lines roads):
Detail South West part
Around the mountain
And finally, a very helpfull list with distances in minutes, a must for a hiker on Athos.
I will follow this site and bookmarked it, keep up the good work!
Wim, 21/3 (thanks Jan Paul for mailing the link)