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Description

The rock is amazing limestone full of karstic features which make for very unique limstone climbing. Hundreds of sport routes spread among walls facing every direction, so shade/sun climbing is possible year round. As it is for the rest of turkey the climbing season in Geyikbayiri is during the tourist off season. I was there at the end of summer just before peak climbing season so i can't say anything for the crowds as we were able to climb anything we wanted just as long as it was in the shade. A nice stream runs behind JoSiTo camp which makes for a great cool down in the heat of the day. There are great local markets a couple of days a week that sell fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, etc.

Getting There

Geyikbayiri is located about 20km NE of Antalya. The best way to access the crags is to contact your lodging provider and arrange a pick up. There are public buses that run to a town about 6km from two climbing camps but then the rest is walking or hitching. The locals are very friendly and are willing to give rides. I cant tell you which bus it is or where the bus stop is. The camp at JoSiTo (www.josito.de) was a great place to stay. From here approaches range and start at 10 min hike.

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Optimistic   New Paltz
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! May 31, 2010
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/che…


Dispatch #7 Jan 24, 2011
Ken H
Granite, UT
Ken H   Granite, UT
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. Jun 10, 2011
D. Durrant
Utah, USA
D. Durrant   Utah, USA
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). Jun 30, 2011
AnnaJ  
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! Jul 28, 2011
C Miller   CA  
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Brian in SLC
Sandy, Utah
Brian in SLC   Sandy, Utah
Note that Geyikbayiri is around 28 km from Antalya or 41 km from the Antalya airport and is located due west from Antalya. Nov 12, 2014
Aimee Rose
Bend, or
Aimee Rose   Bend, or
I am loving the climbing here! I have to disagree and say that if you're choosing between here and Kalymnos, you should chose here! The climbing is much more varied and wild. It's cheaper to stay here. You can stay in a nice place in Antalya and rent a car for cheap and drive 30 min to the crag for way cheaper than anything in Greece. Short approaches too. Turks are very friendly and great food. Mar 27, 2016
Jake Dickerson
Lander, WY
Jake Dickerson   Lander, WY  
The climbing here in Geyikbayiri is absolutely incredible. The rock is heavily featured with tufas, pockets, and crimps. Everything is well bolted with bomber glue-ins, and I have always felt safe on a climb. There are climbs from 5.5-5.14b and even some open projects. While there are great climbs in every grade, I would say I have climbed the best pitches at 5.10 and up. The guidebook "A rock climbing guide to Antalya" by Ozturk Kayikci is well done, and is highly recommended, it can be picked up in the shop at JoSiTo.

There are a decent number of routes in the MP database, but unfortunately the guidebook does not give star ratings. If you want to find classic routes you can check 8a.nu for what people climb most. There are tons of routes that get mostly sun, shade, and stay dry in the rain. Everyday can be a climbing day. The best places to climb in the rain are Trebenna, Magara, Alabalik Balkon 4, and Left Cave.

I came in February 2017 amidst political problems with Syria and other countries, and there has been nothing to worry about. The turkish people are incredibly friendly, and the climbers camps in Geyikbayiri are very safe. Don't let the news deter you from coming. If you come in winter bring a puffy and rain jacket.

I did a work/stay with JoSiTo and it was a great affordable way to live and climb. Josito is the biggest camp and has the most facilities, but in return it is also the most expensive. If you are traveling solo it is a great place to meet people to climb with. Josito also hosts a slackline festival at the end of February and is quite an interesting experience... Geyikbayiri is an amazing place where you can easily spend three months. It is cheep to travel to, the climbing is amazing, and you can walk to all the climbing. What more could you ask for?

The Petzl trip here in 2014 shows a short highlight of the area
youtube.com/watch?v=sWrNoka… Mar 31, 2017