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Asia, Turkey, Ala Daglar, Climbar Valley, The Power of Silence, So It's Life

Ala Daglar, Cimbar Valley, The Power of Silence, So It’s Life. Although climbing in Turkey has only recently come into vogue, the place is becoming well developed. Paolo Stoppini and I visited the Ala Daglar, where we put up two new routes in the Cimbar Valley. We had to be content with the lower walls; higher there was far too much snow, a pity, as we would have been able to climb beautiful routes up to 800m long. The rock in the Cimbar is a sandstone that is similar to limestone, with good and varied climbing. The number of long routes is increasing each year, and there are currently several well-equipped routes. On October 3 we put up Safak, the Power of Silence (150m, 6c+) and two days later So It’s Life (330m, nine pitches. 6b+). Both routes are bolted, but some gear is required. The latter lies 30 minutes up the valley on the northwest face of Kizil Catlak.

Alberto Zucchetti, Italy