Elevation: 204 ft
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Shared By: maratumba on Oct 29, 2010 with improvements by Yaman Peksenar
Admins: Jake Dickerson

Description

One hour of driving away from Istanbul, the largest city of Turkey, this area is the first developed sport climbing area in the country. The rock is loose on rarely climbed routes, otherwise solid.
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Getting There

From istanbul with a car: Drive on TEM towards Ankara (east) take "Gebze" exit. Continue and pass Gebze. Approximately 10 km. outside Gebze, Make a right towards "tavsanli", keep right on the fork. Go through the village, make a right towards a bridge. After a few curves, you will see the "Ballikayalar Park" sign on your left. Follow the sign until you reach a parking lot.
The officer will want you to pay 15 TL (might change). If you say you are a climber, he might accept less money.

From Istanbul with public transport: Take the Marmaray (long distance metro) from Istanbul to Gebze (6 TL max, less for shorter distances). You can take 2-3 dolmus (mini bus) for less than 5 TL each but knowing where to get off is important. Otherwise get a taxi from Gebze to Ballikayalar for 45 TL. Get the taxi's phone number so you have a way to leave the crag. Otherwise it's a 30 min walk back to Tavsanli (small town) before you'll find transport to Gebze.

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