Matterhorn preps: Geyiksivrisi-Sarp Katran Ridge

The ridge from Geyiksivrisi to Sarp Katran is another of the super fun scrambling ridges near Antalya.  Like the Sivri Dağı ridge traverse, this was also one of our training days for the Matterhorn.  We were even the same five people as on Sivri Dağı: Fahri, Hasan, Barış, Evren, and me.  Semra also joined Hasan, Barış, and me in Switzerland, but she lives in Rize and was doing her training in the Kaçkar Mountains.  The Kaçkars are certainly a better place than Antalya for this type of training, and it was apparent in Switzerland.  Semra seemed to handle the altitude and exposure better than the rest of us.

DSCN7638 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN7644 by bryandkeith on flickr

It's pretty fun walking under this huge cliff. by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN7642 by bryandkeith on flickr

We moved at a reasonable pace this day, taking three hours to get to the top of Geyiksivrisi and another four hours along the ridge to Sarp Katran.  The whole loop took a little less than 11 hours (car-to-car).  The thing that was so terrific this day was the weather.  The day started clear.  Then fog and clouds started forming in the valleys below us.  As we climbed, these clouds climbed too, and we usually managed to stay just above them.  They did catch up with us a couple times.  It made for a dramatic island-like feeling to our high ridge.  What a terrific day.

DSCN7628 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN7650 by bryandkeith on flickr

Evren, Hasan, Fahri, Barış by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN7645 by bryandkeith on flickr

I kind of like these tree photos as well.

DSCN7643 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN7609 by bryandkeith on flickr

Barış and Hasan by bryandkeith on flickr

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