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lost slides I

Average Rating = 4.50/5 lost slides I

Climbing on the classic route of Demirkazik (3756m), september 94. Not a technical route, but with plenty of exposure around 4K meters.

Resurrection Story: In a late afternoon in 94, I placed a cup of hot tea on a blank envelope. Later, I figured that all the slides from the last climb was inside this envelope, still in plastic waiting to be framed. Melted plastic merged with the film, and it was a mess. I never showed these slides to anybody after this destruction, but I also never could throw them away. Years later, in a procrastinating state of mind, trying to do something else but my thesis, I sit down to work on this slide. With the help from DICE I manage to get an almost clean scan, and cleaned the rest in PS. The other lost slide is here

Submitted by: melekzek on 2006-04-09 | Last Modified: 2006-11-13
Views: 908 | Votes: 2 | Comments: 0
lost slides II

Average Rating = 5.00/5 lost slides II

Climbing on the classic route of Demirkazik (3756m), september 94. Not a technical route, but with plenty of exposure around 4K meters. In late september, day light is short, weather is still warm but not dependable, and winter is just around the corner.

Resurrection Story: In a late afternoon in 94, I placed a cup of hot tea on a blank envelope. Later, I figured that all the slides from the last climb was inside this envelope, still in plastic waiting to be framed. Melted plastic merged with the film, and it was a mess. I never showed these slides to anybody after this destruction, but I also never could throw them away. Years later, in a procrastinating state of mind, trying to do something else but my thesis, I sit down to work on this slide. With the help from DICE I manage to get an almost clean scan, and cleaned the rest in PS. The other lost slide is here

Submitted by: melekzek on 2006-04-09 | Last Modified: 2006-11-13
Views: 1403 | Votes: 3 | Comment: 1
dude, where is my crater?

Average Rating = 4.00/5 dude, where is my crater?

On the Mt Erciyes (3916 m) ridge in January 97. Although a retired volcano, it does not have a clear crater, it must have been a hell of an eruption.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2006-04-09 | Last Modified: 2006-11-13
Views: 832 | Vote: 1 | Comments: 0
dude, where is my crater?

Average Rating = 5.00/5 dude, where is my crater?

On the Mt Erciyes (3916 m) ridge in January 97. Although a retired volcano, it does not have a clear crater, it must have been a hell of an eruption.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2006-04-09 | Last Modified: 2006-11-13
Views: 1301 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 0
Peaking Annapurna

Average Rating = 0.00/5 Peaking Annapurna

On the Annapurna trail, the path passes between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with beautiful scenery. There is a reason this trail is called "applepie trail", along the trail there are many "coffeehouses" to stop and enjoy. Here, one of the annapurnas is peaking behind the clouds.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2006-04-09 | Last Modified: 2006-11-13
Views: 2293 | Comments: 2
Peaking Machapuchare

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Peaking Machapuchare

On the Annapurna trail, the path passes between Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machpuchare with beautiful scenery. There is a reason this trail is called "applepie trail", along the trail there are many "coffeehouses" to stop and enjoy. Here, Machapuchare is peaking behind the clouds.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2006-04-09
Views: 2787 | Vote: 1 | Comment: 1
Poser hill

Average Rating = 0.00/5 Poser hill

On the Annapurna trail, the path passes between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with beautiful scenery. Tiger hill (around 3K m) is one of the observation points, where everybody is dragged in the early morning to watch the sunrise.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2006-04-09
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slab through

Average Rating = 3.71/5 slab through

Buzbas trying to stick to slabby holds of Jtree on a quiet day. Although schoolrock is in the middle of the campground, its back face is pretty solitery.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-12-31
Views: 1010 | Votes: 17 | Comments: 6
stemming 101 for dummies

Average Rating = 3.14/5 stemming 101 for dummies

Not to be able to start statically, Buzbas tries to start running up stem gem. Although he manage to pull the start, the traverse made him nervous. Me? Not being able to even start made me nervous, was that V3? Oh my....
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-12-31
Views: 2064 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 4
mantle mantra

Average Rating = 3.21/5 mantle mantra

Even if you manage to pull the mantle, the second half with a slab with nonexistent holds makes one nervous. Yes, it does.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-12-31
Views: 1207 | Votes: 29 | Comments: 14
is it halfway yet?

Average Rating = 3.25/5 is it halfway yet?

Ok, you manage to pass the awkward starting moves, and finally able to stem you way up. Does it get any easier? Buzbas is about to figure out that it does not.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-12-31
Views: 940 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 5
power spot dab?

Average Rating = 2.83/5 power spot dab?

A nice short problem with an easy undercling start and a cruxy arete right in the middle of the campground.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-12-31
Views: 1030 | Votes: 6 | Comments: 3
what, do i have to mantle that?

Average Rating = 3.50/5 what, do i have to mantle that?

Buzbas is about to figure out that the two easy starting moves was not the crux, but pulling the mantle is.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-12-31
Views: 832 | Votes: 2 | Comment: 1
behind the scenes

Average Rating = 3.52/5 behind the scenes

Quintessential Caption: Getting back to bouldering after a back injury, Berna is crimping strong on this V9.

What it really means: Berna is trying to stick to the starting holds on this pathetic lowball one move wonder. Spot me, will you?

There are far too many "really really hard" bouldering pictures in this site, and I do not believe the captions in half of them. This picture you might ask, it is not V9, and I do not think it is even V4 as listed in dr. topo. There are a lot harder v0 slab problems in jtree.

Both images are shot at the same time (give or take a couple seconds). You can see how much a photograph can distort the reality. The second photographs credit goes to buzbas , who btw was the only one from our group to make that single move.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-09-18
Views: 860 | Votes: 25 | Comments: 14
Neverending Limestone

Average Rating = 3.25/5 Neverending Limestone

olive climbing Kaktus (5.10-), a 25 meter long route with some fun moves. This side of the cliff is a bit protected from the early summer heat with a nice view of the valley beneath.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-09-18
Views: 813 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 0
Overhang love and hate

Average Rating = 3.67/5 Overhang love and hate

olive moving strong through the overhanging start of love and hate, a short 5.10- route with the crux at the first half.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-09-18
Views: 814 | Votes: 3 | Comment: 1
traverse far from hueco tanks

Average Rating = 3.35/5 traverse far from hueco tanks

Bouldering in jtree, the crux is finding a warmup route, which HAS some holds. False hueco boulder has some short fun routes.

If the image looks posed, well, it is. Summer and desert does not sound nice together, and nobody was in hidden valley campground for a couple of days. Well, nobody except me. The weather was actually nice, I do not mind dry heat after suffering through the humid summers of texas. I shoot the image with a tripod and timer, so there is some "waiting for the shutter click" there. BTW, the image is also photoshopped, mainly to edit the tonalscale.

No, I do not have a necklace, those are my hair braids.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-09-18
Views: 1050 | Votes: 20 | Comments: 2
where are my spotters when i need them

Average Rating = 3.62/5 where are my spotters when i need them

I need a couple additional pads and a bunch of spotters to commit to the lip. Some hot girls would be nice to boost the essential poseur-courage too.

If you think this image is posed (like the other from the series "alone in joshua"), well you are almost right. I tried to pose, but I could not set the timer to shoot multiple images, but single shot only. So, I would set the camera, run to the boulder and start climbing, and trying to reach to the crux to pose before the 10 sec delay. I never made to the crux in time, and ended up with a bunch of ugly looking images. This image is the best, I still ended up looking like a gumby hanging from the first easy moves. After a couple of moves higher, I could not commit to the crux move anyhow, so it (me looking gumby) is kind of appropriate.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-09-18
Views: 1494 | Votes: 13 | Comments: 8
whispering silence

Average Rating = 3.52/5 whispering silence

After a long day of climbing and trashing the fingers, out-of-this-world feeling of camping in joshuatree is breathtaking. I cannot remember which campground it was, either jumborocks or sheeppass, well, if you go there without a reservation, during the springbreak and a nice weather, you will be happy to find any camping spot at all. It is all good though.

Technotes: Eos5, 19-35 at 19mm, tripod, 4-5pm roughly 1 hour before the sunset, tmax400 b&w film, stiched 6 images using PS, and the sepia-like coloring is done using PS color balance tool.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-05-24
Views: 890 | Votes: 31 | Comments: 8
I want those at home, plz

Average Rating = 3.90/5 I want those at home, plz

The rock formations in joshua tree are just too irresistable. I want some of those at home, closer than 24 hours drive please. Eventhough it is a very nice day in springbreak, and every possible camping spot is full, the outback just around the corner of hidden valley campground is empty, except echoes from the past, i should say.

Resting on sunbaked smooth surface of a boulder, i had to take this picture.

Can you spot the climber?

Technotes: Eos5, 100-300 at 100mm, handheld, tmax-400 b&w film, 5 images stiched in PS. Before anybody comments on my choice of 100mm, and that i could have used 1 (or 2) wide angle images, let me remind you about iso-400 film grain. Although I do enjoy film grain, i did not wanted any in this image, since i want to capture the smooth and blobby appearence of the joshuatree rocks. Unlike this one i might say, where I tried to take advantage of the film grain to emphasize the structure of the rocks.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-05-24
Views: 1118 | Votes: 48 | Comments: 22
vitamin-i

Average Rating = 3.33/5 vitamin-i

Although small, this sector contains at least three different rock formations. Within the same route, you can start with a rounded edged crack (limestone crack it is), continue through rotten rock with sharp side pulls and horizontals, and finish with overhanging undercling tufa climbing. Ozturk reaching the overhangin finish of a potential 5.13-, could not enjoy the view. Yet still one can hear the waves on the shore. Combined with the salty smell, it is the song of sirens, calling you to jump into the mediterrain after climbing hard all day.

[edit] I was not satisfied my previous take of this image, so i process it again and resubmit.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-03-02
Views: 985 | Votes: 3 | Comments: 2
Good vs Evil

Average Rating = 4.23/5 Good vs Evil

I finally had time to process the films waiting since the summer. My favorite place from Turkey Aladaglar, another shot from the same series and yet another panorama. This 360 degree image contains the climbing target, the camp, where did we come from, and detorating weather all in one image.

tech mumbo jumbo: It is 13 images shot vertically at 19mm using tmax400 b&w film. I scan them at medium resolution, not to bring my computer to its knees. None of the programs I tried could make the panorama, 19 mm is a bit too much deformed at the edges. Heck, shooting without a tripod did not help either I guess. I created 7 partial panoramas using 3 images each time, and blend them together in PS. Some paint work required, but I manage to get the complete panorama. The final image is 10000x2000.

The image being 360 degrees, I actually have the opportunity to play with the order of items, alternative frames could be seen here, here, or here.

The title credit goes to mingleefu.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-02-22
Views: 933 | Votes: 62 | Comments: 12
Heaven's sake

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Heaven's sake

Cennet means "heaven" in turkish, and after passing hordes of sun bathing tourists and through a jungle-like forest, the first view of the wall is suitably heaven like. Ozturk, the driving force for the development of the many regions around the coast, enjoying a nice climb on his new route. He could not do it clean this time, since he is pumped from bolting ground up on hooks (and using a power drill, if you have to know). It is going to be around 5.12+. The region is under development, there are 7-8 routes as of summer 2004, but I expect they are doubled if not tripled yet.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-02-22
Views: 924 | Votes: 2 | Comments: 0
Slab or crimp, that is the question

Average Rating = 4.08/5 Slab or crimp, that is the question

Ozturk trying to stick to the sandy holds. Slab or crimp, it does not get any easier, and the rest of this potential 5.13- is just depressingly hard looking.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2005-02-22
Views: 931 | Votes: 48 | Comments: 18
my other ride is a porsche

Average Rating = 3.67/5 my other ride is a porsche

I have hiked the trail from the main road into the Emli valley far too many times. Nowadays, joints hurt more and time is sparse, so a quick tractor ride into the hearth of the mountain range does the trick. Although I might say, that this ride alone might be the most scariest part of the trip, huh.

This (almost) 360 degree image is put together using 10 wide angle images. Some hand painting required, since I shoot the images without stopping the jumpy ride.

olive looks seriously concerned, i guess she is expecting me to fall from the tractor anytime.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2004-12-20
Views: 763 | Votes: 3 | Comment: 1
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