Matterhorn preps: Sivri Dağı Ridge Traverse

When I first bicycled into Antalya about four years ago with Kurt, we both commented on the incredible mountain ridges near the city.  It looked like great scrambling to us.  Well, Sivri Dağı has one of those ridges.  I’ve been up Sivri Dağı a number of times by a number of different routes and climbed some trad routes lower down on the NE face of the mountain, but I’ve only done this great traverse once.  It’s the best non-technical route I’ve done on the mountain.  We did use the rope for a couple rappels on our descent route.  Does that then make it technical?!

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Mostly we followed the ridge in this photo:

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We didn’t get a particularly early start, and since our group was able to move fairly quickly, we didn’t need to.  It ended up taking eight hours (car-to-car).  We were five: Fahri, acting as guide as usual — he’s been up this mountain so many times…, Barış, Hasan, Evren, and me.  I know, I know, this blog is hopelessly out of order.  Barış, Hasan, and I left to climb the Matterhorn a couple months after this traverse.  That was June 2015.

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