Lycian Way? You’re the only person I’ve run into to even know where it is, and you’ve walked it? Wow! I’m very impressed. Very intrepid of you. Been wanting to get to that part of the world for some time. Almost got there last October, but got stuck in Italy with some friends.
Would love to hear any details you would care to share. Did you encounter any archeology excavations? I have some friends who have been after me to visit some ancient sites in Turkey.
Nice blog, but write more. I’m sure you have some stories to tell.
Hi Morgan, Thanks for commenting. October would be the perfect time to do it! I let it get a bit late. As for “archeology”, it is casually strewn everywhere! The walk is not difficult. There is some route finding in places. (I found GPS very useful.)The people are amazing. You are welcome everywhere! Check out: http://www.trekkinginturkey.com. The Lycian Way is the “invention” and continuing project of Kate Clow, a British expat living in Antalya.
Thanks for the link, didn’t know about Kate or her project. Don’t remember where I first heard about The Lycian Way. But have been hearing about ancient sites in Turkey from friends who are archeologists and who have worked in Turkey – maybe from them.
I’ve been working on a project, Roman Roads, for some time and wanting to discover the ancient world in Turkey, especially the Roman period.
We, my wife ML and I, are planning to do some walking in EU this year, maybe Turkey. I’m kind of a gear head and wonder if you’d mind telling us what kind of pack and other gear you used for this trip. Did you go ultralight?
IMO, trail runners are ideal. I wore Salomon XT Wings. Perhaps, light “approach shoes” would be an alternative. They may not last the month though as the rock is very sharp. (It would be easy to have a supply box that you send ahead of you by post or bus — inexpensive and quick.) A stray dog ran off with one of my shoes. I found it but the dog had chewed off the lace lock. That was the worst of the damage 🙂 Kate Clow, however, is a proponent of “sturdy boots”. Order her book. I found the directions difficult to decipher. The map is rudimentary. It is said that historically the Turkish military has forbidden mapping of the coast. Kate’s map is probably the best you will find. There are a lot of interesting “cultural” notes in the book.
In October, you can travel with almost nothing. There are many places open to eat and sleep. There are people in the hills who will offer you a mat on the floor to sleep and a very simple meal. It is very dry in the summer and fall. A sleeping bag and bivvy bag or tarp would be adequate for camping. Mosquitoes are a problem in places, though. If you take a cooker, note that screw top canisters are not widely available. (There is a shop called Cosi in Fethiye that sells them. To my knowledge this is the only place.) There are puncture type canisters available. I do not believe you can get such a stove in the US — liability. However, I am told you can buy them in Turkey in the same shops that sell the puncture canister. Kate advocates taking a liquid fuel stove (for example, the MSR International) and burning petrol as it is widely available. I do not like this idea for a variety of obvious reasons! There are many shepherds’ campsites with campfire rings. Wood fires would be culturally acceptable.
Oh…and there is a lot of BRUSH — you will need tightly woven pants of some sort — I wore a lightweight soft shell pant (Arcteryx Gamma LT) which stood up to the abuse remarkably well.
I ended up out in December after the rains had started and many pensions had shut down for the season. I completed about 2/3 of the walk. The snows had come to the higher elevations which are all but deserted that time of year.
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