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Ascent of Kesis Dagi on 2011-07-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Bob Packard
Adrian Rayner
Andrew Tibbetts
Richard Tibbetts
Ian Charters
Pauline Charters
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kesis Dagi
    Location:Turkey
    Elevation:3546 m / 11634 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed this from the north: an easy route. We were staying at Erzincan (Eriza Boutique Hotel, very comfortable, good food, internet, N39.74574 E39.49052). Due to roadworks we took a long way round, following the D100 east to the Mercan turnoff (N39.73842 E40.26567) then following the main highway (a few turns, see saved track) as far as Baskoy, then a minor road leads SW towards the mountain. The paved road ends at small village of Esendoruk (N39.85380 E39.80697, 1925m) but continues as a good dirt road (3 streams to ford: our driver had no difficulty in a Ford transit van). Just beyond the last ford is a parking area by a nice mountain lake. Kesis is visible directly beyond the lake as the most distant peak. This is the trail head, at N39.80721 E39.75480, 2917m.

Walk back across the ford (stepping stones) then head directly uphill, following a stream then crossing it, reaching a larger lake, Kurban Golu. We followed the right bank of the lake then passed its far end and crossed some rocky undulating ground, heading for the base of the peak. We then followed a fairly good trail (steep, a little loose in places, a few cairns and signs) which reached the SE ridge. An easy 500m then led to the summit with a sign giving an elevation of 3549m; my GPSr read 3546 initially but after 30mins agreed with the sign. N39.79158 E39.77053. We had lunch, enjoyed the views and checked the various western summits with Bob's hand level which was consistent with the 1:100k map which put them around 30m lower than the summit we were on. We retraced our steps to the van then headed back to Erzincan.

Timings: trailhead 0930, summit 1230-1300, trail head 1530.

GPS track to follow.

Kesis photos

Logistics: we were a group of 8 on an Ultra bagging trip arranged through Anatolian Adventures. They arranged accommodation, a guide/translator Burak Gülmez and a local mountain guide.

We had climbed Akbaba NW Top the previous day and our next target was Suphan near Van.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:638 m / 2096 ft
    Extra Gain:4 m / 16 ft
    Distance:7 km / 4.3 mi
    Route:NW face
    Trailhead:above Esendoruk  2916 m / 9570 ft
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Guide
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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