Tag Archives: Erzurum

Five winter days in Kaçkar with İsmet and the Bulgarians

Training for Nepal, part two. I wanted to call this post “skiing in Kaçkar”, and, well, the week started with skiing, but it didn’t end with skiing. I took an overnight bus from Niğde to Erzurum, went straight to the … Continue reading

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Erzurum, gateway to some of Turkey’s most breath-taking scenery

In order to get from Muş to the Kaçkar Mountains, once again I came through and had to spend the night in Erzurum.  I’ve counted that I’ve been to the city nine times now.  I first came here with Sage … Continue reading

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Another week of skiing with Osman and Fatma

Last year Peter, Amy, Scott, and Stephanie flew straight from Anchorage to Erzurum to ski the Kaçkars.  This year Megan flew into Erzurum from Los Angeles, and like last year we went by dolmuş up to Olgunlar and stayed at … Continue reading

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A few historic sites between Yusufeli and Van

The trip with Peter, Amy, Scott, and Stephanie was essentially a ski trip.  However, one of the reasons I love touring in Turkey is you practically trip over history everywhere you go.  I’m still not tired of this, and thankfully … Continue reading

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Skiing Lake Van

While the skiing in the Kaçkar was consistently good and easy to arrange, the skiing that we did around Lake Van was much more varied.  We rented a car in Erzurum which greatly facilitated getting to the various mountains that … Continue reading

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