The Mountaineering Club of Ioannina was founded in 1936 and since its creation has been a member of the umbrella organization under the name Greek Mountaineering Association - Central Council, which has now been renamed to Greek Federation of Mountaineering - Climbing. Even a member of the Greek Ski Federation. First president he was the Professor of Physics, Klearchos late star, who spearheaded the construction of the shelter Mitsikeli at an altitude of 1,400 m., The foundation of which was in 1936 and the work was completed in 1939. The purpose of the Association, according to its Statute, is the systematic cultivation of mountaineering (ascents, climbing, exploring, caving, etc.), winter sports (skiing, etc.) and the spread of love and respect to the mountainous nature. The association is managed by a nine-member Board of Directors, which is elected every three years by the General Assembly.
The activities of the Association are the following:
A) establish an annual program of one-day, two-day or three-day ascent, conducted in the mountains of Epirus mainly, but also the other geographical regions of the country,
B) organizes Schools Mountaineering-Climbing,
C) prepare climbs program exclusively for young climbers aged 10 to 16 years,
D) contributes to the development of skiing (ski),
E) arrange for the information and entertainment of members and friends, with movies or slide shows (slides) mountaineering content
F) has recommended Rescue Team, Blood Donor and Volunteer Fire Group,
Z) ensure the maintenance of the shelter Mitsikeli "Apostle Vertodoulos" alt. 1,400 m., Which is able to accommodate 28 people and has an organized kitchen and toilet. Overnight at the shelter each year hundreds of climbers and organized events such as the official opening of the climbing season, cutting the Pie, regional concentrations of Mountaineering Associations, etc.,
H) takes care of the signaling and maintenance of trails in the mountains of our country,
I) contribute to the protection of mountain nature, organizing occasional including tree planting,
I) contributes to the preservation and revitalization of mountainous and border villages,
K) issue annual magazine entitled "ROUTES"
L) cooperates with the Physical Education Office for the implementation of the C program. C. N. C. "Young Mountain"
M) cooperate with official bodies (the Region of Epirus Prefecture, Municipality, Mr. L. P.) And participates in meetings on issues related to the natural environment,
N) provide the necessary information, maps, etc. foreign climbers who want to walk in the mountains of Epirus.