Rock Climbing in Turkey

Climb up very steep rock surfaces

Climbing Explosion

Rock climbing is a sport of climbing up very steep rock surfaces such as the sides of mountains. Turkey is a paradise for rock climbers with its popular climbing areas offering a wide range of sports routes. Come and experience this adventure explosion in Turkey.

Mountain Spirit

Rock climbing is an activity in which participants climb up, down or across the natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a predefined route without falling. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance along with mental control.

It can be a dangerous sport, therefore knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialised climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes.

Is This Sport for You? If you have an extreme fear of heights, this sport is probably not for you. Gyms and sports centres often have artificial climbing walls to practice on, or contact your local climbing club to find out about established routes on a cliff face near you.

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Climbing Routes

Rock climbing, which is a relatively new sport in Turkey, was started when a few climbers discovered some routes in the Aladaglar National Park in 1993.

Turkey is one of the most advantageous countries in Europe with its year round sunshine, an abundance of good quality and natural climbing areas. The country has also a massive opportunity for establishing new routes because of its large mountainous nature. The potential of new routes is huge, and growing lots of local and foreign climbers are developing the climbing routes.

Today over 30 different rock climbing areas can be found in Turkey with thousands of well protected routes.

Popular rock climbing areas in Turkey:

  • Geyikbayiri, a world-class climbing paradise.
  • Aladaglar, geologically one of the most interesting places.
  • Datca, a new Turkish gem for rock climbing lovers.
  • Anavarza, over 100 routes on vertical limestone rock.
  • Sivrihisar, one of the best rock climbing areas.
  • Bafa Lake, an excellent and extensive climbing experience.
  • Ballikayalar, situated between Istanbul and Kocaeli.
  • Geyve near Sakarya.
  • Golpazari near Bilecik.
  • Narlidere village near Bursa.
  • Kaynaklar near Izmir.
  • Dedegol, one of the most frequented places.
Climbing Explosion

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