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Antalya Geyikbayiri Rock Climbing 

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An unclimbed, beautiful piece of limestone minutes...


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 ( was a great place to stay. From here approaches range and start at 10 min hike.

Climbing Season

Weather station 17.7 miles from here

230 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',45],['3 Stars',108],['2 Stars',49],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Antalya Geyikbayiri

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Antalya Geyikbayiri:
Saxafon   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Sarkit
Lycian highway part two   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Trabenna West Middle
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Rock Climbing Photo: High on Brazilia Carnaval.  Geyikbayiri Turkey

Brazilia Carnaval 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Europe : Turkey : ... : Alabalik
The guidebook says 7a (5.11d according to the guide conversion chart) and seemed soft to me. The route is great whatever the grade very sustained and steep on mostly good holds and well protected except for the topout which feel just bold and desperate after all the steep climbing. You can bailout on the anchors of Chili con Pillar if you are not up to the slappy slopey move at the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful scenic background to Geyikbayiri climbin...
Beautiful scenic background to Geyikbayiri climbin...
Rock Climbing Photo: Outside Climbers Garden
Outside Climbers Garden
Rock Climbing Photo: Sport routes nearby caves
Sport routes nearby caves
Rock Climbing Photo: Limestone walls near Climbers Garden
Limestone walls near Climbers Garden
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiding in Kullen sectors caves until the sun passe...
Hiding in Kullen sectors caves until the sun passe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing to the top in the Kullen sectors of Geyik...
Climbing to the top in the Kullen sectors of Geyik...
Rock Climbing Photo: Antalya
Rock Climbing Photo: Jo Si To Guesthouse.
Jo Si To Guesthouse.
Rock Climbing Photo: Euro Circus
Euro Circus
Rock Climbing Photo: Lots of features
Lots of features
Rock Climbing Photo: some shallow water bouldering
some shallow water bouldering
Rock Climbing Photo: view from inside the climbing area at the Trebanna...
view from inside the climbing area at the Trebanna...
Rock Climbing Photo: relaxing after a day of climbing at the common are...
relaxing after a day of climbing at the common are...

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By Optimistic
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!
By maratumba
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:

Dispatch #7
By Ken H
From: Granite, 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).
By AnnaJ
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
By Brian in SLC
Nov 12, 2014
Note that Geyikbayiri is around 28 km from Antalya or 41 km from the Antalya airport and is located due west from Antalya.
By Aimee Rose
From: Bend, or
Mar 27, 2016
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.

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