We spent the first half of our trip in Asian Turkey. We stayed in Kaleici, the old town district of Antalya, and from there we made our daily trips to Geyikbayiri, southern Turkey's most well-known climbing area. The drive took a bit of getting used to - you'll recall my post about driving in Turkey - but we were glad to have chosen the 'rental car/commute to climbing' path as it allowed us the freedom to do a lot more exploring in Antalya proper. While the climbing area wasn't nearly as clean as we have come to expect in the States, the climbing was fantastically different from anything I had previously experienced. The area is characterized by tufa climbing - think rocks shaped like a loaf of bread protruding from the wall.
|Turkish climbing fun|
|making a friend - he wanted my cheddar bunnies|
|so maybe I shared a bit of my lunch with the little pal, he was so cute and clearly hungry|
While most of the time we returned to the city for dinner, we did eat at the climbing area one evening, and it was fantastic. And though I did think that it would have been fun to stay in a place that was a little closer to nature (and I know BR would have thoroughly enjoyed being with 'his people'), I certainly appreciated the luxuries afforded to us by virtue of staying at our hotel - a hot shower, a fresh bath robe, a comfy bed and some sports on TV all made for a relaxing end to each climbing day.
Well, that was our Turkish climbing endeavors in a nutshell; Brian made a video of our adventure, and I hope to share that with you all quite soon. Also, be looking for some more Turkish goodness coming your way soon. I have so much to say about such a phenomenal trip.