|By JCM |
From Golden, CO
Sep 8, 2011
I have January and February (plus maybe March) free this winter, and am looking into what my options are. It looks like the cards are lining up well for an international trip. To a large degree, my motivations are based to wanting to avoid winter in the States (which, if you ask me, is pretty lacking in true winter destinations--even J-Tree can be pretty cold in January). I am looking mostly at Thailand (Tonsai) and Turkey (Anatalya area). El Chorro (Spain) is also an option. I am looking for opinions from people who are familiar with both places, and am especially interested in information about Turkey, since this is not a well publicized a destination.
Anyway, here is what I am looking for:
--Good weather in Jan/Feb (not too cold at night, nor insanely hot/humid during the day)
--Enduro sport climbing in the 5.12 to low 5.13 range. Steep tufa climbing a major plus. Prefer endurance to bouldery routes.
--Easy to find partners (especially those that speak English)
--Cheap, both to get there and to stay there (limited budget)
--Interesting non-climbing cultural experiences (but nothing too crazy)
I am leaning toward Turkey, since I am a bit put off by the sound of the massive scene and the humid weather in Thailand. Would Turkey (Anatalya) be chilly at this time of year, or just right?
Furthermore, which area has the better climbing, and enough variety for 2 months? I would also be interested in traveling to other areas in the same region.
Hope there are some folks out there who can give some good advice...where should I go?
Note that I'm also open to suggestions of other places as well.