Ascent of Boz Dag on 2015-10-18

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boz Dag
    Elevation:7073 ft / 2155 m

Ascent Trip Report

We depart Akyaka 10:00 and drive N on good but not fast road to Aydin where we head E for 20km on the E87 before turning back N on the 09-03 mountain road to Odemis. The mountain road is a delight as it weaves its way through villages, farms and countryside. As we descend to Odemis we can see the hazy outline of Boz Dag rising in the distance. Pass through the industrial city of Odemis 13:30 and follow signs E to the UNESCO town of Birgi. In Birgi we cross to the E side of the dry river and follow signs to Kemerkoy. Narrow tarmac road switchbacks up wide ridge for 9km to the mountain village of Kemerkoy. Arriving at the village square with small bust on large white marble plinth we take the first road on the left passing in front of the mosque. The tarmac soon ends. We continue on a dusty dirt road through groves of Sweet Chestnuts where local folk are collecting the incredibly prickly fruit which yield huge Chestnuts. There is only one junction we hesitate at and correctly choose the left hand fork, quite steep with soft dusty surface for a standard 2WD car but we make it up out of the tree line and reach a fenced comms. enclosure where the dirt road ends. It feels a possibly sensitive place to be parking so we continue on the now rough dirt road along the ridge, the summit of Boz Dag above. Park beside water trough (with flowing water) at 14:20, this is our trail head. (1730m, N38.31045Deg,E028.09982Deg). Lunch in sunshine, hazy views. Depart 15:12 and continue up the rough dirt road/track beside line of disused electricity pylons. Just below the summit there’s a short scrabble up bulldozed rocks to reach wide ski slope and the summit. The summit is a large levelled area with ski lift on its N edge and remains of Microwave dish support pole on its S edge. High point feels to be the ski lift station but it could be a little to its S. Good if hazy views from the edges of this man made plateau, best to N. Deserted ski centre and wide surfaced road ~600m below the N edge. Rock is a mica schist. Cumulous cloud welling impressively up the S slopes on the E summit.

We follow the ski slope E, descend to col(2044m) then along cairned path to the lower E summit (2145m).

Return by same route meeting a young shepherd with flock of sheep by our car, he keeps a watchful eye on his dogs as he shows us pictures on his mobile phone. No doubt he’s been aware of our presence since we first arrived. A sea of silhouetted ridges and misty valleys fade into a golden sunset.
We return to Birgi, folk still collecting Sweet Chestnuts in the last of the light, the square of Kemerkoy lit by pools of electric light is filled with bulging sacks of the day’s toils. We find a hotel in Birgi for the night.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2020 ft / 614 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2020 ft / 615 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.3 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1397 ft / 425 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:South shoulder
    Start Trailhead:N38.31045Deg,E028.09982Deg  5676 ft / 1730 m
    Time:1 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2020 ft / 615 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1397 ft / 425 m; Extra: 623 ft / 189m
    Gain on way out:623 ft / 189 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:South shoulder
    End Trailhead:N38.31045Deg,E028.09982Deg  5676 ft / 1730 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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