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From: New Paltz
May 31, 2010
|Geyikbayiri is a blast. Really fun climbing starting at around F4 and heading on up to way harder than I can do. Well-bolted, but with enough space between the bolts to keep you focused. Really nice people from all over Europe, great weather, and great rock. We took a shuttle from the airport to our B&B and walked everywhere for the whole week except on one rest day, when we rented a car from Josito. If you stay at Josito (they were full when we tried to book), you'll have a couple of hundred routes within a 15 minute walk, and about 100 routes within a 2-minute walk. Can't wait to go back!|
Jan 24, 2011
Geyikbayiri is the most beautiful climbing area in Turkey. Miles long solid limestone band. In winter you can go skiing up in the mountains or go swimming.
The area offers warm weather throughout the year. If it's too hot you can always do the routes in the shade, if it's too cold there are routes under the sun, if it's raining, there are routes with overhangs.
Josito Campground is a perfect place to stay. Last time I checked, they had a "rainy day guarantee", which means you don't pay for a rainy day.
Some pages from the guidebook: ozturkkayikci.com/cheap/cheap....
By Ken H
From: Bell's Canyon, UT
Jun 10, 2011
A few things to consider. Turkey visas are simple for US passport holders only $20 for multiple entry for 90 days. Jo.Si.To and Climber's Garden both offer nice accommodation however without a car you are a little trapped there. If you are trying to travel cheaply they have a lot to offer but you will need to camp and cook for yourself. Important note if you are cooking for yourself you will want to find a way to get to a grocery store before driving up to Geyikbayiri. If you go deluxe with a bungalow (20-40 euro per night) and eat dinner with them (8.5-11 euro each) things can get a little pricey quick. Without question if you go to Antalya spend a few days down at Olympus climbing and enjoying the ocean. The climbing at Olympus is not as good but the location is great. We were able to rent a car right from Jo.Si.To, go to Olympus, and then return the car at the airport. It was about 25 euro per day.
If you don't stay at Jo.Si.To stop by and at least drop a few euro or lira in the bolting fund box and say thanks to Tobias (To of Jo.Si.To stands for Tobias). Once you look at the first ascents in the guidebook you will understand.
Being so close to Kalymnos I have to comment on both. If you are choosing between the two then no question Kalymnos; better location, better accommodation, better food, and better climbing. If you are looking at a long trip it is possible to travel by bus between Antalya and Bodrum. Ferries from Bodrum to Kalymnos maybe limited (say only Tuesdays) but you can always go Bodrum to Kos and then Kos to Kalymnos these both run everyday. Geyikbayiri to Kalymnos is at least 1 day travel maybe two. Also you can fly Antalya to Istanbul to Athens to Kalymnos but this will probably run you about $450 US.
By D. Durrant
From: Utah, USA
Jun 30, 2011
There are many paths that lead to the climbing at Geyikbayiri, this is the road we traveled. First we flew into Istanbul, a hugely beautiful metropolis that would take weeks to explore. We then caught a flight from Istanbul to Bodrum (the launching point from Turkey to Kalymnos). We rented a car at the BJV Airport and drove along the Aegean / Mediterranean coast to a nice, cheap hotel in Kocegez, about halfway to Antalya. The total drive time from Bodrum airport to Geyikbayiri is about 6 hours, 7 if you drive the costal route. We heard and read that driving in Turkey is scary, and it can be, but the flexibility a car gives you is well worth a few white knuckles. We stayed at Jo Si To Camp, the central and closest camp to the climbing, in the guesthouse. The room was large with a shower, but shared a bathroom and kitchen with two other rooms. The price is bit high, and the house was dirty and in need of repairs, but other than that we were pleased with our accommodations. Oh, the camp does not take credit cards, so be prepared to pay your bill in cash (any denomination seems to be accepted).
The climbing is fun, close and varied, with a few weeks worth of routes. Most of the climbs face south and east, so if it is hot there are few options for the mid portion of the day. Sector Trebenna is in the shade all day.
Don't miss out on the Sunday market in the small town about 5 minutes toward Antalya, fresh fruit and veggies. Also, there are many small "fast food" restaurants along the road to Antalya that offer many good and entertaining interactions with friendly Turks.
The Flight from IST to BJV was TL120 round trip, the car was $32 a day, and gas was about $12 per gallon, so I recommend renting a euro diesel. Get used to being run off the road, passed on blind corners, and aggressive drivers.
To get to Kalymnos, take a bus or taxi from the Bodrum airport to Bodrum town (a taxis is about 20 euro), where you have two options to Kos Island, a 20 minute ferry or a 40 minute ferry. Ferries leave Bodrum early, and we found buying tickets the night before to be advantageous. There is one hydrofoil from Kos Town at 10:00a, but it is hard to catch after customs and security. The other option is a taxi, 28 eruos, to Mastihari and catch one of the hourly ferries to Pothis, Kalymnos (6 euros and about 20 minutes).
Jul 28, 2011
|Considering climbing in Turkey for a month with a friend in January. I learned that this is the rainiest month - is it so rainy to the point where it isn't worth going at that time? Anyone been there and can give a sense of just how rainy and cold it gets at that time? Thanks!|
By C Miller
Dec 2, 2012