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Climbing in Geyikbayiri, Turkey

Posted on May 7, 2013

Geyikbayiri, in southern Turkey (near Antalya) offers some really rad sport climbing. Set among green hills with a backdrop of forbidding rock-summited mountains there are long bands of grey limestone cliffs featuring tufas, pocketed roofs and stripes of red rock splashed across the grey. The rock is really solid, with sharp evil little crimps that are not going to break off on you (although they might break you). There is no chossy rubbish to concern yourself with either. The crags are an easy holiday-walk distance from any of the main campsites (as in, get out of your tent, walk 30 metres, you’re at the crag). The downside of the convenient location is that it’s pretty hard to call up the will power to get…


Posted on May 5, 2013

Josito is a climbing campsite in the heart of the Geyikbayiri climbing area. It’s run by a bunch of Germans, and features a certain-difficult-to-pinpoint but quite definitely Teutonic flavour. This is not necessarily a positive thing if you are looking for a relaxing break. On the other hand, the seasonal staff – a mix of locals and travelling climbers – are extremely friendly and keen to please. The situation is ideal – the campsite in held in the bowl of the valley’s hand and is surrounded by picturesque (and eminently climbable) cliffs. The campsite is green and leafy and in late spring (the end of the climbing season) has some amazing red roses in bloom. As well as camping (you can hire a tent…

Perseus 7c+

Posted on May 3, 2013

You can be Perseus so long as I can be Andromeda.

This climb is all well and good but what about the belaying?  Future belayers take comfort in the fact that you are in the shade most of the time, and when you are not you are only a 1 minute walk back to the campground.  During the late morning the sun will be in your eyes (so refuse to belay until it moves).  there are a number of convenient rocks to tie yourself to (bring two slings for this purpose).  If your climber needs to jug up the rope it is a nightmare – call on the assistance of bystanders.  Ew, I hate that plonky feeling down the hill.

Will my phone work in Turkey? OR Why the hell has my phone stopped working in Turkey?

Posted on April 24, 2013

On arrival in Turkey we did the usual thing of buying new (Turkish) SIM cards (I bought Turkcell and the Ginger got Avea). After a few hours they were active. We then had to go back to the shop to buy credit (the store attendants hadn’t pointed out that the cards came without any pre-loaded credit). Nevermind, we got the credit. Mine worked perfectly (I have an iphone 4) but the poor Ginger couldn’t use the data on his phone – something to do with it being stuck on the NextG system and Turkey has another system. In any event we now had one phone that worked perfectly and one that could only be used for actual telephone calls and text messages. This was…