Rock climbing is the ultimate gateway drug to travelling the world.
Excuse me for quoting myself, but this was the thought going through my head a couple of weeks ago as I found myself spending the Christmas holiday travelling in Turkey. How did we end up in Turkey? Good question. I’m glad you asked.
Unfortunately, the story starts with me busting my ankle and having surgery in June, effectively wiping out any possibility for travel during the summer months. Since Mrs. Narc is a teacher this leaves few other opportunities for travel the remainder of the year, so we set our sights on doing something over Christmas.
When trying to make a plan, we knew we wanted to travel abroad to a place that offered a good mix of both climbing and sightseeing opportunities1, but picking a destination that made sense financially as well as logistically for what amounted to a 10 day trip was not easy. Thailand was too far and too expensive, flights to Spain were too expensive, Kalymnos was too out of season and Switzerland was not bad airfare-wise but the weather can be iffy in December.
Then I had a bit of an epiphany: what about Turkey?
I recalled the series of great videos put together for The North Face by Camp 4 Collective a few years back. Discounting the fact that the Camp 4 Collective guys could make a trip to the plains of Kansas look amazing, a trip to Turkey looked like it might not be a bad idea. If structured properly the trip could offer a nice mix of both climbing and other sightseeing opportunities given Turkey’s rich cultural history. Once I confirmed that flights were pretty reasonable and that the weather looked to be somewhat decent that time of year I was pretty much set on us going to Turkey, so go to Turkey we did.
Long story short is that while we didn’t climb a ton we had a great trip while spending 5 days in Antalya and 3 days in Istanbul. I would definitely recommend going there if you enjoy travel, adventure and/or climbing. I’ll share some more specifics from the trip in an upcoming post. For now, here are a couple of pictures:
- Well, to be fair, I was the only one that cared about forcing climbing into the trip ↩