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Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
The Lycian Way, Turkey on 01/22/2011 02:50:52 MST Print View

I'm planning a 2 or 3-week walk of the Lycian Way in Turkey from the middle of February. Already reserved the plane ticket. Has anyone here done the trail? Any advice?

I'm mostly worried about food and way finding. As a diabetic the possible lack of access to food combined with insulin injections can be life-threatening. As long as food is readily available I'll be fine.

A lot of people have written that it is very easy to get lost because the way markers change and there are almost no maps available. I'll be bringing my GPS, but as I'm still very shaky about using it, this is a concern.

The weather at this time of the year is supposed to be the best for the walk, though the higher peaks will often have snow (not too big of a worry). The lower parts of the walk will be spring. Can anyone recommend the type of clothing I should bring for the Lycian Way walk and for Turkey in general at this time of year? Does is get really cold?

This site,Trekking Turkey, by the creator of the trail, Kate Clow, goes into a lot of detail about the walk. I've already ordered her book.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
The Lycian Way, Turkey on 01/22/2011 05:48:37 MST Print View

There was a gal here about a year/year-and-a-half ago who did it, Hartley. Let me see if I can find her posts. She put her trip up on her blog to which she posted a link here.

HJ

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
Lycian Way -- Blog on 01/22/2011 05:58:11 MST Print View

Miguel: Here's her blog: http://backpackerchick.wordpress.com/category/lycian-way/
Here's one of her BPL posts: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=24905

HJ

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Lycian Way -- Blog on 01/22/2011 09:51:01 MST Print View

Jim, thanks for the links. I've read both her blog and the thread and also posted an email to her. Her blog is a good read. Gave a very strong sense of what the trail is like.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
Re: Re: Lycian Way -- Blog on 01/22/2011 16:37:50 MST Print View

You're welcome, Miguel. Thanks for your help pre my trip to Japan.

HJ

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Lycian Way -- Blog on 01/22/2011 16:52:52 MST Print View

I never did ask you how that went. Where did you end up going and how did you like it?

Scott Truong
(elf773)

Locale: Vancouver, BC
RE: Cool. on 01/23/2011 22:06:10 MST Print View

Miguel, glad you found somewhere to go.

Make sure you do a trip report when you get back. I've always wanted to go to Turkey and thanks to you for posting the link, this trip is going to be high on my list.

Are you taking any food with you?

I'm just in the process of dehydrating my meals. I've decided to head down to Patagonia (TDP and Los Glaciares), and plan on eating at the Refugios, but thought I'd bring some stew etc. Doesn't weigh much, add hot water/place in cozy.

I'm hoping they don't take the food away at the border.