Arctos Trail: The villages
Descending from Trifyllitsi and passing through the virgin trail (since the path will be opened exclusively for the race), you will encounter a medley of abandoned buildings. This was once Kladorachis’ Camp and there is the 3rd supply station.
Leaving the station and before you descend the trail, you will pass next to the beautiful church of Koimisi tis Theotokou and after about 1K you will enter Kladorachi.
It is an old Christian village, elements of which exist in a Ottoman ledger of the 15th century. It is a small but picturesque village. During the winter, it is inhabited by 80 people and in the summer the population increased to 120. Main occupations are agriculture and livestock. People worship at the church of St. Procopius (1874) in the village center.
Next village you will meet, after about 1.2 km, is Proti. The old name was Kampasnitsa. The village is mentioned for the first time in two chrysobulls Stefan Dusan kept in the archives at the monastery Treskavec near Prilep. In documents from 1343 to 1344 and from 1344 to 1345, the village is reffered with the vlach name Klbasnicu. To the west of the village on a hilltop was a nomadic vlach route. The approximately 100 inhabitants, today engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. Many residents left in the 1950s and 1960s in search of a better life and went to the USA, Canada and Australia.
Here, we leave the lined trail to get out of Proti on the forest road and after 500 m., crossing a beautiful creek, to ascend an old trail, up the hill and near the monastery St. Mark.