When its getting cold and dark at home even the most hardy of outdoor folk occasionally need some sun.
This October I had the pleasure of visiting the idyllic region of Antalya, Turkey for some sport climbing. With its warm climate, immaculate limestone routes and unique tree-house accommodation it really was the most ideal winter rock-climbing destination!
Turkey hosts a whole range of different areas - the main one on my list was Olympos, main crag destination: Cennet. This crag is located right on the beach. A light 20 minute hike up and it has the most stunning, technical routes in the area. There are also a whole host of steep, tufa routes to get your forearms burning as well!
Being on a coaching holiday with Progression Climbing Holidays I only had a few days to myself so quickly got my teeth stuck into the hard routes at the crag. First on the ticklist was a super technical 8a+ "Rezilation" at the top of the crag, it had such a weird, bouldery start and then a technical head wall with big moves and bad feet. After a few goes I got the moves dialed in and fell off at the very last hard move - nightmare! Watching some of the strong boys struggle with the technical climbing made me feel a bit better about that. I sent the route the next morning and would seriously recommend it to anyone in the area. I just love the technical routes where you have to stay really composed and trust your feet on these tiny holds that you never think you could ever stand on! The boys weren't so keen to get back on it!
The next few days I worked through the classics in the area including "The World Is Spinning Without Me" 7c+ (somehow managed to flash this), and Krus Gibi Extension, 7a (this felt harder to flash than the former!) Also bagged another 8a+, "Pussy Wagon" (pictured) which was a cool finger jam to a boulder problem- thankfully I got it pretty quick so I didn't lose too much skin in the jams! As well as personal favourites Dyno-sore (7b+) and The Trooper (7a).
Olympos has such a varied amount of climbing. From technical slabs to huge overhanging tufa routes of all grades! The Tree House accommodation at Kadirs was top notch (you get breakfast and all you can eat dinner included in your stay), and the people are positively lovely. They even offer a transfer from the airport, making your stay even easier. To get there is simple. Fly into Antalya and book a transfer... or hire a car, but you don't really need one. I would definitely recommend Olympos to anyone looking for some winter sun and sport climbing! Cennet does translate to Paradise in Turkish (apparently)....
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