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 Celikbuyduran pass

Average Rating = 3.87/5 Celikbuyduran pass

To reach the yedigoller high plateau, you have to climb up to the celikbuyduran pass (3200 m), which is between Emler (3723 m) and Kizilkaya (3725 m). Since it is used by the local people and their mules, there is a nice trail.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-06-06
Views: 924 | Votes: 16 | Comments: 4
a quiet ampitheater

Average Rating = 3.79/5 a quiet ampitheater

If you can pass the crowds you will reach a very nice overhanging wall with a thin waterfall. The campfire looks great in the picture, but the smoke was to much...

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-06-04
Views: 690 | Votes: 15 | Comments: 4
direktas classic route

Average Rating = 3.50/5 direktas classic route

Climbing/scrampling up on direktas (3510,classic route II III), with amazing view of yedigoller valley.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 572 | Votes: 7 | Comment: 1
last 500 meters, surprize !

Average Rating = 3.55/5 last 500 meters, surprize !

On Demirkazik (3756 m) classic route, you will encounter a slab climb at the very last 500 meters.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 458 | Votes: 12 | Comments: 2
attentive belayer

Average Rating = 3.80/5 attentive belayer

Furkan is leading percussion (VI+). He seems focused whereas I cannot say the same thing for his belayer ;-)

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 1105 | Votes: 6 | Comments: 5
limestone beauties

Average Rating = 3.88/5 limestone beauties

Olive climbing Kutur-Kutur (VI+). Ballikayalar is the nearest crag to Istanbul with many many routes, but unfortunately rock quality sucks.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 670 | Votes: 9 | Comments: 0
phallic worship

Average Rating = 4.10/5 phallic worship

Our camp is in aksampinari, emli valley, under the shadow of parmakkaya (meaning fingerrock). There is water from may to maybe july. The visible face is the north face, whereas the easier/shorter classic route goes from behind.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 1683 | Votes: 11 | Comments: 4
tribute to iskender

Average Rating = 3.79/5 tribute to iskender

This photo is from the first ascent of Cingillibesik (3400m, IV-V). We never intended to climb to the peak, but rather to the big cave. The photo credit goes to Iskender Igdir, friend and mentor, who we lost descending mt agri (ararat). This image might not mean much to you, but it is THE image putting everything climbing means to me inside the frame.
Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 727 | Votes: 30 | Comments: 6
dealing with texas summer

Average Rating = 3.43/5 dealing with texas summer

It is really really hot here during the summer. Here with the lake under/around, you definetely do not need a crashpad. Part of the fun is pulling out holds and thinking whether the lake is deep enough under while you are falling.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 1215 | Votes: 8 | Comments: 2
whiteout

Average Rating = 3.43/5 whiteout

Aladaglar emli valley, we are trying to reach to the base of Kaldi north ice field on january, trying to make the first winter ascent of the route. This was my second try, and the conditions were almost perfect, but we were not. The week after we bailed, the route is climbed by Ertugrul Melikoglu in a solo style. Three is a charm, we get it 3 years later on our third try.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 545 | Votes: 8 | Comments: 0
ridge travers

Average Rating = 3.95/5 ridge travers

Burak traversing the final ridge connecting the small summit to the main summit. Main summit is only 16 meters higher than the small summit, requiring a short but very loose rockclimb.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 469 | Votes: 22 | Comments: 6
high camp

Average Rating = 3.25/5 high camp

The high camp has a nice view of the kackar peak. The right glacier is the "buyuk buzul" (big glacier) and the classic route for the winter ascent follows it. The left glacier "kucuk buzul" (small glacier) is shorter and direct, but more steep than the big one.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 525 | Votes: 5 | Comments: 0
syncronized swimming in snow

Average Rating = 3.67/5 syncronized swimming in snow

Last few meters to the ridge on Kaldi. After you reach the ridge, there is only a final climbing/scrambling section, and a short (a couple of meters) knifeedge ridge, and you stand on the summit.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 620 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 3
Timeout

Average Rating = 3.20/5 Timeout

Climbing from the Karagol (blacklake), reaching finally to the ridge, and thinking that the summit is close. Wrong! The ridge to Medetsiz is one of the longest traverses on any mountain climb in Turkey, and reaching to the ridge is just the start.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 661 | Votes: 6 | Comment: 1
sunrise from poon hill

Average Rating = 4.00/5 sunrise from poon hill

I guess everybody passing here has the similar photograph. Beginning the annapurna circuit, poon hill is 3100 meters high and has a wonderful views of annapurna and dhaulagiri at the sunrise. The peaks on the photo are one of the annapurnas and machapuchare (fishtail). The trek route (sometimes refered as the applepie route because of the series of guesthouses all along the trail) follows a deep valley between the annapurnas and dhaulagiri, both above 8000 meters, around 2000 meters altitude, making it one of deepest valleys around.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 518 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 0
muktinath

Average Rating = 3.00/5 muktinath

One of the highest villages along the annapurna circuit trail is Muktinath at 3700 meters altitude. The peak in the background is Dhaulagiri (i guess, its been a while), raising above the clouds.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-19
Views: 648 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 0
Sea and infinite bouldering....

Average Rating = 4.19/5 Sea and infinite bouldering....

There is turquise sea, there are infinite boulder problems, there are routes, and yes there is even a cave.... You gotta love this place

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-18
Views: 1285 | Votes: 45 | Comments: 17
gotta reach that hold.... oops

Average Rating = 3.55/5 gotta reach that hold.... oops

Typical formations are all water rounded smooth slabs. This is going to be harder than your usual boulder ;-)

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-18
Views: 1172 | Votes: 12 | Comments: 3
Ozturk working on Moruk (X-)

Average Rating = 3.93/5 Ozturk working on Moruk (X-)

Ozturk is the "father" of the area, opening more then 100 routes.

10.14.05 Edit: My old slide scans were not so clean. I decided to clean dust, fix color errors, and resubmit them.

Submitted by: melekzek on 2003-04-18
Views: 1349 | Votes: 15 | Comments: 7
manic mania

Average Rating = 4.50/5 manic mania

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Submitted by: melekzek on 2007-01-01
Views: 2227 | Votes: 2 | Comment: 1
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