Ascent of Uludag Tepe on 2018-07-13

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Friday, July 13, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Uludag Tepe
    Elevation:8353 ft / 2545 m

Ascent Trip Report

2h45 up, 30mins at summit, 3h10 down via E summit (trig, flag) and most other tops along ridge.

Approaching from Bursa, followed brown Uludag signs, thru park gate (barrier still manned at 7pm, 15TL entrance fee waived, unclear why), drove to highest point of tarmac road, chairlift still running with cafe at its foot, where we dined then slept at roadhead.

Trail (an old road) starts at SE side of chairlift, N40.10182° E29.13135° 1900m, possible to drive although would be slow in 2WD. We walked trail for 5km then angled up right on easy ground to col, then up to first of the high summits; trig pillar, disused refuge. Continuing east we pick up a trail, thru a col (summit up to right 1-2m higher than refuge summit, both about P50m), then pass right of a few minor summits, then we angle up left to the bouldery summit. Chilly today with strong breeze and summits in and out of cloud, but warm out of the wind.

Careful hand levelling confirms this bouldery west summit is 3m higher than the east summit which has Turkish flag, trig pillar and official 2543m spot height. Hence the west summit is 2546m. A distant flat topped summit further east is barely lower, apparently around 2540m - hand level indicates it's a little lower that the flagged summit. After 30mins break we visit the east summit then head back, keeping to ridge and crossing a number of nice rocky summits, eventually dropping back down to the main trail. Fewer birds today: ravens, peregrine, an unfledged wheatear. Lovely alpines, including blue and great yellow gentian, pink euphrasia, forget-me-not.

Lunch at car then north to Istanbul SAW airport as Adrian heads home this evening, then I head east for Ilgaz tomorrow
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2119 ft / 645 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2119 ft / 645 m
    Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Start Trailhead:6234 ft / 1900 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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