Ascent of Kizlar Sivrisi on 2015-10-16

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kizlar Sivrisi
    Elevation:10072 ft / 3069 m

Ascent Trip Report

We thought this was going to be a relatively easy day from a trail head reached by dirt road at the end of the obvious valley to the SW of the mountain. While driving up the dirt road we were stopped and told the valley was closed to public access due to environmental and ecological research projects, we guess something to do with the Cedar forest. The Prof. who spoke good English understood our objective and directed us to another approach route. We follow one of his researchers back to Elmali and he shows us the road to set out on.

Start at the SE side of the main (N) Elmali turning from the D635 at what appears to be a parking area for a group of cafes and stalls. N36.73045Deg E029.93245Deg (km0.0). There is a small sign to Kocapinar and Sogle as well as a tiny rough sign to ‘Kizlar Sivrisi’ the local name for Bey Daglari! Take the narrow tarmac road at the E end of the paved area turning left at the first village (km3.5) and left at junction (km6.5) to reach the village of Sogle (km11.0). The tarmac ends here. Bey Daglari is visible to the SE some 11km away.

Drive S on narrow tracks down through the village to gain the wide dirt road S across the farmed valley bowl. Where the road forks, keep left and at junction with a ‘Todosk Dagilik Senligi’ sign (km14.5) turn right. Now follow the mainly good dirt road as it ascends towards the mountain, with care OK for normal 2WD car. The road crosses a 1600m ridge descends into valley and passes strange square block house before starting to climb in earnest. Pass a well maintained deserted building with flag pole and traverse under the E face of Bey Daglari at alt.2050m – an impressive route. The road swings right and reaches a col (km29.6), this is our trail head N36.62659Deg, E030.13157Deg, 2176m.

We climb the pathless hillside to the S, a mix of limestone scree/rubble and soil sparsely vegetated with tufts of wiry grass and spiky cushion plants. Reach minor summit (2335m) - rock outcrops, no cairn - with good views of the scree slopes of Bey Daglari, all look straight forward albeit laborious. Descend to complex col of sink holes (2248m) and set off S up the reasonably stable scree slopes. Gradually trend left to gain the NE shoulder of the mountain. Easily up the shoulder, even a hint of a path in places. Pass right of small rocky peak with camp circles in bowl below and continue onto summit where a Turkish flag streams in the cool NW wind.

Summit log gives name as ‘Kizlorr Sivrisi 3069 – 3070m’. There are frequent entries the last being 17th Sept. The summit consists of marbleised Limestone outcrops forming the edge of the steep N face, the likely high point marked by tiny cairn 16m E of the flag pole. There are concrete humps with post holes as we’d seen on Uyluk Tepe summit yesterday – remains of survey station? There’s another small rocky plateau 20m W of the flag pole. We lunch in sunshine looking out S over sparsely vegetated rounded hills with few tracks. There are fine views N down the steep gullied N face to the fields of Sogle and the distant Elmali. Before departing we visit the slightly lower W Top (fossils). Watch flocks of White Wagtails, a loan Hawk and a few Choughs.
Hopeful of finding a path we take a descent line E along stony shoulder but there’s nothing so we descend steep rough rock scree slopes NE to gain a bowl with deserted summer shepherds camps and good track back to the car. (It looks as though it should be possible to continue further E along the shoulder than we did and gain a shepherds path back to the summer camp.)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3425 ft / 1042 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3425 ft / 1042 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Chilly NW wind on summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3261 ft / 993 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2933 ft / 894 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m
    Loss on way in:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:N shoulder
    Start Trailhead:N36.62659Deg, E030.13157Deg  7139 ft / 2175 m
    Time:2 Hours 44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3097 ft / 943 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2933 ft / 894 m; Extra: 164 ft / 49m
    Gain on way out:164 ft / 49 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:NE side
    End Trailhead:N36.62659Deg, E030.13157Deg  7139 ft / 2175 m
    Time:1 Hours 51 Minutes
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