An experienced climber and chairman of a northern Greek mountaineering club
was killed yesterday a few meters from the summit of Mount Olympus when a
boulder dislodged by a fellow climber knocked him down a sheer slope.
The death of Yiannis Hasiotis, 56, during a relatively easy ascent was the latest
in a string of fatal accidents on Greece's highest mountain this year.
The group had reached Louki, at an altitude of 2,880 meters, around midday
when Hasiotis - who was neither wearing a helmet nor roped to his fellow
climbers - was struck in the chest by a large stone dislodged by a preceding
member of the team.