From southwest Turkey to Southeast Sulawesi; did we find Nirvana?

Antalya-İstanbul-Jakarta-Makassar ended up being a 26-hour airplane journey (home to hotel).  Ferda and I spent less than 48 hours in Makassar and boarded the Pelni ship KM. Sinabung for what ended up being a 19-hour journey (hotel to hotel) from Makassar to Baubau.  We were still tired and disoriented from the long days of travel, jet lag, tropical climate, new country, new food, new language, but we correctly assumed that Baubau would be a better place than Makassar to rest a few days and get our bearings.

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Trebenna Antik Kent

It was when I was looking through these photographs of Trebenna Antik Kent that I found the lost blog, the last one I published, the one about our long day on Geyiksivirsi, a trip we started from Trebenna Antik Kent.  I didn’t have any photos of the ruined city from that trip, but I found these ones (below) from the first time I visited Trebenna Antik Kent when I rode up from Antalya by bicycle.  I also once walked up from Kezban’s Guesthouse, but that was a foggy, rainy day, and I didn’t take any photos.

Trebenna Antik Kent is another old Roman city near Antalya.  The setting is nice — at the foot of Geyiksivirisi, above the climbing crags of Geyikbayırı.  The site gets few visitors because there’s not so much to see.

The closest climbing crag to Trebenna Antik Kent is named after the old city.  It’s quite a popular climbing area, in part because it’s almost always in the shade.  Many more people have climbed at Trebenna than have visited the old city.  I suppose the old city is now just a place for goats and turtles to hang out.

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A long day on Geyiksivrisi

Oops. I wrote this post in June 2016 but somehow forgot to publish it. Here it is, two years late…

Fatma’s been excited about climbing Geyiksivrisi for some time now.  We had a date set a couple months ago, but something came up, and we cancelled.  This week Barış and Tüğçe invited Fatma, Ferda, and me for dinner, and we made another plan for Geyiksivrisi.  Tüğçe was super keen on camping so we decided to go up the night before and camp at Trebenna Antik Kenti.  That ended up working really well.

Geyiksivrisi by bryandkeith on flickr

We rented a car and picked up Tüğçe as she got off work Saturday afternoon.  We were up at the Trebenna ruins in time to put our tents up and take a quick tour around the city before it got dark.  There’s quite a nice view of the cliffs at Geyikbayırı from the outcrop where the ruined city sits.  We had some good wine from Foça and a wonderful camp fire.
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İshak Paşa Sarayı in Doğubayazit

If you’re passing through Doğubayazit, İshak Paşa Sarayı really is a must stop.  I wrote a very little about it once before when Sage and I bicycled through this region about six years ago.  The photos I’m posting here today are from my second visit when the excuse to come to Doğubayazit was to climb Mt. Ararat.

İshak Paşa Sarayı is the palace on the hill above Doğubayazit.  Here’s what it looks like from above and below:

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Güver Uçurumu Canyon descent with Onur and Bekir

I’ve written before about bicycling around the rim of Güver Uçurumu, and my last post was about trad climbing at Kapuz Boğazı at the bottom of the Güver Uçurumu.  On this trip we decided to descend Güver Uçurumu Canyon directly.  It’d be possible and fun to follow the canyon all the way to Kapuz Boğazı, but you really need a dedicated driver to do that feasibly.  There’s no trail, and the road goes way around so even a bicycle shuttle would be rather inconvenient.

There were three of us this day, and none of us had done this route before.  Bekir and I had descended Ahmetler Canyon together.  We expected Güver Uçurumu to be much, much easier than that.  Well, it was easier than Ahmetler, but the Güver Uçurumu descent was more challenging and took longer than we expected.

The troubles started just finding the start of the route.  We ended up parking the car at Yukarı Karaman Mezarlığı which worked out fine.  However, I’m pretty sure there are better (closer) places to leave the car.  We weren’t far from the start of the route, but we walked quite a bit up on the rim of the canyon at the end of the trip to get back to the car.  As we started walking down the canyon, we expected to see the initial descent on our right.  Indeed it was, but even having been there before and keeping an eye out for the start, we managed to walk right past it!

We did this August, and there was no water flowing into the initial descent.  It’d be fun to do the route again when the start would be rappelling 50m down next to a waterfall.  We found the rappel bolts and were glad to have an extra 10m of cord to safely reach those bolts.  They’re well on the edge of the cliff.  I tied two 50m ropes together, threw one down, and was surprised that it didn’t hit the water in the pool at the bottom.  I knotted the end of the second rope and then pulled the first rope back up to put a knot in that end as well.  “Wasn’t the rappel supposed to be 50m?” we wondered.

Down I went, and sure enough with rope stretch 50m ropes are definitely long enough.

DSC06186 by bryandkeith on flickr

We started by rappelling into this pool:
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