Classic Route on Sivri Dağı

It seems that the easiest route on any mountain in Turkey is called the “Classic Route”.  In addition to being the easiest, it also tends to be the route that gets climbed the most even if it’s not the best.  We can certainly think of Erciyes and Tunç in that respect: everyone seems to climb the “classic route” even though there are better, more interesting, perhaps more challenging options that wouldn’t take any longer.  That’s part of the herd mentality in Turkish mountaineering.  There’s a reluctance to try anything new and to try anything without a guide.

Nürşen, Özlem, Seval, Ferda by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9451 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9431 by bryandkeith on flickr

On Sivri Dağı, however, the Classic Route is certainly not disappointing.  I’m not sure if it’s the easiest or even the quickest.  On the ascent there’s one pitch of roped climbing which I haven’t done clean and haven’t led.  It’s easy enough to aid around the crux in hiking boots, but I’d like to go and lead it once with trad gear and rock shoes.

The crux of the route, the only part where most people would want a rope by bryandkeith on flickr

Seval, Özlem, Hasan, İbrahim by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN9456 by bryandkeith on flickr

Anyone who shows up to one of these things in pink tights and a John Lennon t-shirt must be a pretty good person by bryandkeith on flickr

There are two rappels on the descent which goes a little right (looking up) of the ascent route.  We had one rope and 11 people so the rappels took a long time.  Fahri was in charge as usual.  If I were in charge, we’d bring at least two ropes for so many people.  Fahri’s not super experienced with rope work and doesn’t always do what’s fastest.  Turks don’t seem to have any concept of “speed is safety”, something that’s rather important in the predictably bad summer afternoon weather in the Colorado mountains.

Fahri, Hasan, Ferda, Seval by bryandkeith on flickr

Ferda's first rappel by bryandkeith on flickr

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DSCN9492 by bryandkeith on flickr

This was Ferda’s first climb on Sivri Dağı, and she loved it.  She’s ready for more and well, actually, went again and climbed the hardest route I’ve done with Sivri Dağı without a rope.  Ferda’s climbing hero (lover?) is Alex Honnold, and she certainly has a higher tolerance than I do for climbing without a rope, but that’s getting into other stories…

DSCN9459 by bryandkeith on flickr

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One Response to Classic Route on Sivri Dağı

  1. Dennis Keith says:

    How about a blog about a bike ride around Antalya in a bicycle built for two–with the driver in a tuxedo!

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