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Location: Subaziyaylasi (2080 m)      by: Pedrotti Alberto
Area: Turkey      Date: 15-08-2008
Image quality experts/addicts are warned: The pictures here are taken not by some 5000 euro system, but with a 300 euro device (Canon G7), which BTW can be considered the best that one can carry on an 800 euro bicycle (not the lightest on the market!) for 6000 km across Corsica, Sardegna, Sicilia, Calabria, Puglia, Lydia, Cappadocia, Lycia, Rodi, Crete and Greece. A totally out-of-fashion style of travelling, with more kms in the legs than euros in the budget!
However, made the due apologies to experts, this pictures opens up an unexplored mountain range, namely, the Turkish Akdag, name which means "the White Mountain". I saw its pale rocks from the wonderful Lycian coast near the tourist paradise of Kekova, and I decided that I had to go there. Having no decent map and no information, I had to guess paths and tracks for three days, but what I discovered was worth the effort. Unfortunately the photographic outcome was not at the same level as the experience, because those days on the Akdag were extremely hazy.
Subaziyaylasi, which is like the heart of the massif, was my first discovery. I found shepherds, who offered my some meat and showed me in which direction the highest mountain was. Two-three hours later, after only minor errors, I was on the summit of Uyluk Tepe, 3017 m, the second height of Western Anatolia, after the Kizlarsivrisi (= the pyramid of the girls), 3070, in the Bey Dag, on the other side of the Elmali valley.
"Yaylasi" means "high land"; I do not know the official translation of Subazi, but you find the name everywhere in the Turkestan - I mean, from Turkey to the Kyrgizistan, and if you approach a Subazi/Subashi with Google Earth, you always discover a wonderful green pasture hidden among the mountains, a little Eden like here - provided the budget rendering conveys the idea.
Supplementary Akdag-based stories are told as a comment to
I thought a lot of the Akdag this summer, when on the Bjelasnica, near Sarajevo. Consider that the name Bjelasnica means "white mountain"; panoramas from there are waiting in the famous Schlange, die sich gebildet hat... If they will ever come out of the Schlange, the similarities between the two mountains will be clear.
Curiously enough, when at morning I crawled out of my tunnel tent on the top of Bjelasnica, I saw a man coming to me with food and water from the nearby, huge weather station, where he was the guardian. He was a former mountaineer, in common with me he had the Korjenevskaya (see N.13368 and related stuff) and NOT in common he had walls like Verte, Droites, Jorasses, Alpamayo and, perhaps not least, membership in the Yugoslav 1979 expedition to the SW ridge of Everest. I told him: Your mountains look much like the Akdag in Turkey and - wow - on the White Mountain of Bosnia for the first time I found somebody who knew, and very well, of the White Mountain of Turkey!
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Dear Alberto
Comments later, stars now.
Herzlichst Christoph
2013/10/15 23:10 , Christoph Seger
Christoph! Bist Du auch immer auf Platz 9990, wenn die Schlange sich bildet??
2013/10/15 23:54 , Pedrotti Alberto
Stets ein kurzweiliges Unterfangen die Bilder Deiner Reisen anzugucken.
Out of curiosity: Kann man da eigentlich immer irgendwo seine Batterien aufladen ? - ich meine die von der Kamera :-) - eine durchaus ernst gemeinte Frage. VG HJ
2013/10/16 03:50 , Hans-Jürgen Bayer
Schön, dass dein Archiv noch so prall mit all diesen Raritäten gespickt ist, da kommt auf keinen Fall Langeweile auf (auch wenn die Schlangen noch so lang ist...).
2013/10/16 08:49 , Jens Vischer
For me, it's a wonderful landscape.
2013/10/16 19:13 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Faszinierend schön diese karge Landschaft! Ein wunderbares Motiv - tanti saluti, Hans-Jörg
2013/10/16 20:53 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
Now I had enough time to go through the story so long and winding as the mountain roads and paths you had to cope with. I admire your stamina, your style and your willingness to share your experiences with all of us. I enjoy your insights and your stories, your openhearted mind and last but not least your "humor".
Herzlichst Christoph
2013/10/16 22:34 , Christoph Seger
Good cut :) 
2013/10/16 23:23 , Christian Hönig
Thanks to everybody.
The one about batteries is indeed a well-posed question. When before Mongolia 2011 I bought not only one, but two spares batteries, those of the shop asked me if I was mad, because "even serious photographers seldom go with more than a single battery". (The poor Normal Traveller feels always the shadow of these "Photographers", with no less than a twofold "ph", hanging upon him...) Now, in the Altai section of Mongolia, with no recharging facility at all, those three batteries were just sufficient. In the last days I needed to put at work also the spare compact camera, with its three batteries as well - those that I had also in 2008.
Even in the 2013 Balkan tour I needed one time to wake up twice during the night to change batteries in both the Nikon and Canon rechargers.
Now the problem is that I decided to downgrade, for bicycle tours, from the reflex to a G1X, since I am too old and weak to carry around the former. This will increase autonomy problems, since compact cameras eat so much more energy. The solution, of course, is to cut the number of shots, with a special cut on panoramas.
2013/10/19 10:15 , Pedrotti Alberto
Ah - here the G7 pano that maybe triggered part of today's discussion. The picture material looks fine, though, for my personal taste the image could only be a bit less bright - but that may not show the athmosphere as orginally perceived.. Cheers, Martin
2013/10/30 19:37 , Martin Kraus
Martin, I see that you are perfectly retracing my thoughts step by step: too bright - yes, but darkening the whole does not work, and also selectively darkening the "white mountain" would be too artificial an intervention.
If you want also to retrace my way on the Akdag, please communicate this to me, because maybe two kms from here, in direction Cukurbag, under a tree on the side of the road I buried a tent, wrapped in a bin liner. Actually, the unplanned Akdag detour forced me to prepare for a speedup in the next stages of my Mediterranean tour, namely, Rhodos, Crete and Greece. And, since the weather was stable, I decided to sacrifice the tent - surely not the G7!
(Incidentally, the triggering G7 pano was not this one, but N.24298 on APA)
Then, you can celebrate the tent retrieval with a meal in a very panoramic restaurant, maybe 300 m from the retrieval site, and there you can even have a panoramic sleep afterwards:
2013/10/31 01:18 , Pedrotti Alberto

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