Friday, 16 April 2010

Getting high in Antalya

As the warmer weather approaches, outdoor activities beckon.

While many people’s idea of summer fun means hitting the beach, browsing the markets and floating about on a lilo, some people prefer the rush you can get from high-adrenaline activities.
Here, we offer three ways to get high in Antalya – all perfectly legal, of course!
High level rope course
This is your chance to find out how Tarzan felt when he swung through the tree tops. Turkey’s first high-level rope course is set in a pine forest near beautiful Kemer. The intrepid thrill-seekers who visit Adventure Forest are treated to seven rope courses that stretch high into the pines.
Climb the ladder and presto! You’re in the tree tops. You must then traverse rope and wire bridges to get to the next tree platform. Naturally, you’re wearing a safety harness so any reckless manoeuvres will not end in death; just a gentle swing back to earth.
Each successive course offers a progressively greater challenge, so you can really test yourself to see if you’ve improved on the previous course. And thrillingly, each course ends with a zip wire – you just clip your harness onto the wire, grip the rope below it, and launch yourself off.

Rock climbing
This definitely notches the fear factor up a level. The village of Geyikbayiri, 25 kilometres west of Antalya City, is Turkey’s number one rock climbing spot. Since it was first opened for climbing in 2000, the main cliff has become a network of bolted routes that attract daredevil climbers from all around the world.
Unlike the tree top adventure course, where anyone can have a go, you’ll need to be experienced and have your own equipment before tackling the cliffs at Geyikbayiri. Saying that though, you’ll be able to find an instructor at nearby Olympos Beach.
If you do have the right know-how and equipment, the routes at Geyikbayiri range from a little bit challenging to extremely formidable (UIAA grades five to 11).

OK, it may not sound adventurous. But at a height of more than 2700 metres, hiking Bronze Mountain (Tunc Dagi) is a formidable challenge. The best time to climb the peak is at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, when the rocks and scree are still covered by snow. It will take you around three hours’ of hard slog to reach the summit ridge. Then, you scramble up a rocky outcrop to the summit. The views are spectacular, and you’ll be able to see Mt Olympos, the Mediterranean and the across to Antalya. It’s possible to walk to the peak and back in around five hours.


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