A Bimble in the Turkish Snow

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by WilliamC, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    The bus took us up through rain showers, turning to snow flurries as we reached our stop, snow flurries that the weather forecast said should have passed by now.

    We set off under a lowering sky, trusting that the forecasted clearer weather would arrive.

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    After a couple of hours, as we were passing through Kazıkali Canyon, blue skies started to open up in front of us and we got our first glimpse of the snow covered peaks.

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    We were headed back to Emli Valley, but everything was different under the newly fallen snow.

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    The same stony camp as on our last trip, but with the view enhanced by snow.

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    The next day dawned cold, -10°C, and we set off straight up the scree slope to warm up and to intercept the path running up from Kocadölek to Eznevit Yayla.

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    In spite of the effort, we were still glad when the sun hit us.

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    This path is one of the finest in the Aladağ, in my opinion.

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    At one point we were rewarded by the sight of a herd of ibex passing on the slopes above us.

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    We left Emli behind and turned north along the western flank at the mountains, after stopping to fill up with water at the largely frozen spring at Eznevit Yayla.

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    We had been intending to camp at Dipsiz Göl in Cımbır Valley, but we’d made a later than intended start and had made slow going in the early part of the day. With time getting on, we decided to stop at Arpalık Yayla, near the entrance to Cımbır.

    We set up camp and ate as the light turned golden, then orange.

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    There are only a couple of minibuses a day out from here to Adana at this time of year. Shortly after midnight found us both lying awake, and we decided to pack up and try to catch the 9.15 bus.

    By dawn we were out of the mountains and crossing the plain above Kazıkali Canyon.

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    The valley had trapped the cold, and the frost in the orchards of Elekgölü had us shivering until the sunlight reached us, shortly before the minibus arrived.

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    Last edited: Nov 5, 2018
  2. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Wow and brrrrrrrrr
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  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    A real winner; superb-looking terrain with more of the geomorphology revealed by the snow.

    Your wife appears relaxed....that's retirement for you..

    As to your 'wet look' attire.

    Hmmmm :pompus:
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  4. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Rub it in, why don't you?

    I was going for the hobo look - bin bag plus fingerless gloves :)

    The Forerunner 935 is going to work out, I think. You were right about the buttons catching on shoulder strap; I've now learned how to lock the buttons so hopefully next time I won't accidentally stop the track recording :frown:
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  5. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Beautiful Willum - :)

    Just enough snow to make it look all pretty ; but not so much as to be too scarey, or cold .


    One day - one day ... But I'm not going to wait til I'm retirement age - thats way too far off :angelic:

    This could all be food for though for the person who was looking for European walking this summer??
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  6. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    Very nice
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  7. Clare

    Clare Section Hiker

    So so beautiful. Jealous :greedy:
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  8. tom

    tom Section Hiker

    Gorgeous light and this dusting of snow makes rocky landscapes sooo pretty :)
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  9. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Wonderful as always, and so inviting. :)

    FWIE*, vistas with wet look clothes far more pleasing to the eye than Hobbit feet in a bath.

    *FWIW. :oops:
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  10. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Thanks to all for the kind comments.
    It certainly does. Without the snow it would probably have been a little too soon for us to return to Emli.

    Not sure what FWIE is but...

    ...you might say that; I couldn't possibly comment.
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  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Lovely pics William, great light
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