Ascent of Barla Dagi on 2015-10-20

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Barla Dagi
    Elevation:9186 ft / 2799 m

Ascent Trip Report

We based ourselves for a few days in Ada, an island connected by short causeway to the lively town of Egirdir at the SW corner of Lake Egirdir. Plenty of hotels, B&B’s and a couple of campsites to choose from. Ada had a distinctly out of season feel to it but the brightly lit Sonmez Kebap & Pide Salonu in Edirgir town served excellent food, there are also several bread shops and a small supermarkets.

We climbed Barla Dagi from its S. Side starting from a trail head at N38.01260Deg,E030.70134Deg; alt.1703m.

To reach the trail head from Edirgir (Hizirbey Mosque - km0.0):- Take the fast D330 road which ascends NW past the Mountain Commando school and turn right (N) on a difficult to spot road on the W side of a M Oil garage(km 13.7) signed ‘Atabey 10km’. Follow the minor road through farmland to the edge of Atabey (km 23.5) and fork right passing alongside a canalised river. At the next main junction turn right (left goes to Atabey village centre) over the dry river bed and pass beside a group of modern apartment blocks. The tarmac road continued uphill past a quarry and works (on RHS) and where the road turns sharply right (km30.9) leave the tarmac and continue ahead on good dirt road into the rural community of Kapicar. (Following the tarmac road sharply right it soon ends at an all-but abandoned village of semi derelict houses). The dirt road continues N through Kapicar past an abandoned military outpost (km32.8) and crosses a dry river bed. At the next junction (km33.3) turn right along the NW side of the ascending wide valley. There are turnings to marble quarries at Km34.6 (LHS) and km36.8 (RHS) and several water troughs shaded by a few trees. Beyond km36.8 the dirt road becomes rougher and before it steepens towards the col turn off left and park beside dry stream bed with a group of small stone dams (km38.0). A standard 2WD car should make it to km36.8 with ease and with care to the trail head.

Departing the trail head we crossed the dry stream bed and climbed NW up the steep hillside of stable limestone scree supporting sparse vegetation to reach the broad S ridge of Barla Dagi. The S ridge starts as easy grassy walking and crosses three minor summits before it steepens with an increasing amount of rock. We choose a scrambling route up the rock (YDS2) but walking alternatives would be easy to find. Good views. We reach the summit 13:51 the high point topped by a moderate size cairn and large chunks of broken concrete (N38.05323Deg,E030.70200Deg; 2800m). Excellent views of rocky landscape in sunlight dappled by increasing cumulus. Lunch in sunshine but feels cold in the 15mph SW wind. There are 3 concrete pads with small survey metal stubs around the summit area.

We depart the summit at 14:33 and descend SSE down steep scree picking our way through rock bands to the warmth of the valley where cows are contentedly grazing; here we pick up a good path back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4101 ft / 1249 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4101 ft / 1249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
hot in valley, cold on summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4101 ft / 1249 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3599 ft / 1097 m; Extra: 502 ft / 153m
    Loss on way in:502 ft / 153 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:South ridge
    Start Trailhead:N38.01260Deg,E030.70134Deg  5587 ft / 1702 m
    Time:3 Hours 41 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3599 ft / 1096 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Valley to SE
    End Trailhead:N38.01260Deg,E030.70134Deg  5587 ft / 1702 m
    Time:2 Hours 12 Minutes
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