Tavuk mangal at Etli Döner

The first time I climbed the trad routes at Hurma (Hurma Kayaları), I was surprised to find bolts on Etli Döner.  There are over 1000 bolted routes nearby at Geyikbayırı.  Why would anyone want/need to bolt some of the few trad routes in Antalya?  I asked the trad climbing guidebook author, Yılmaz, about this after seeing the bolts.  I was certainly surprised that he knew nothing about the bolting there.  He was shocked and said bolting definitely wasn’t allowed in that area.  He immediately sent someone up to cut the bolts (the two-bolt anchor halfway up the route was left in place for ease of descent).  Of course, it’s important to do this sooner rather than later to send a message to the bolter that this won’t be tolerated.  As far as I’ve heard, no one knows who did the bolting.

Ferda and I went up there again and climbed a couple routes on the same face with Fahri and Kevser.  It’s a fun place to spend the day.  Here’s Ferda making her way up to the first belay station:

DSCN0971 by bryandkeith on flickr

Look, you really can use trad gear in Antalya:

DSCN0972 by bryandkeith on flickr

Ferda, belaying me up the second pitch:

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Rappelling fun:

The bolts for the route to the left, Son Savaşçı by bryandkeith on flickr

Fahri and Kevser at the top of the first pitch:

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We brought chicken, wine, and salad fixings.  Fahri cooked the chicken in a yummy yogurt. olive oil, red pepper, black pepper sauce.  A great meal after a fun day of climbing.

Kevser, Sibel, Fahri, Ferda by bryandkeith on flickr

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Kevser enjoying the descent by bryandkeith on flickr

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