Ballikayalar Rock climbing91 routes in crag
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Nice small crag close to Istanbul
Small gorge with limestone outcrops of different aspects east of Istanbul. This idyllic place is somewhat of a recreational reserve with a creek running along the valley and a popular weekend destination also for non-climbers, when it can become crowded. The sectors are termed "Left area" and "Right Area", which refers to the sides when looking INTO the gorge, as opposed to the geographical convention of left/right.
public transport: From Istanbul, start at Harem Otogar (be sure to pronounce it "ha-REEHM"), which is bus terminal on the asian side. Take a minibus to Gebze (~2:00 h), where you take another towards Tavshanli ("tough-shunn-leh", do not confuse this with Tavsancil;0:10 h). Look for the rocks to be seen far left of the highway.The bus will drop you at the highway exit. Walk north through the village (3.3 km) or hitch a ride(usually works well) to the signposted reserve. car: from Istanbul, follow D-100 east to Tavshanli, go north till the final parking (fees on weekends).
Where to stay
Camping is said to be permitted on the Western plateau.
no pitons, no bolts where natural pro suffices.
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