"1. We were using written directions and Kate's map. It was not unusual to be "temporarily uncertain of position" after directions like " turn right after the second tree after the rock"' when the whole hillside is covered with rocks and trees! Hence I am greatly looking forward to joining the tech age for my next trip out there, probably with my son's cast off iPhone3. I am still a little unclear how to get the waypoints from the book to the phone. I saw your gpx files, but still need more clues. Once there, do they show up on the OpenCycleMaps, and are they named as per the book?"
Follow the directions in our article in order to save battery power: http://adventurealan.com/iphone4gps.htm The iPhone 3 should be the same as the iPhone 4, excepting the duration of the battery life may not be the same, and I've heard that the GPS may not be quite as accurate (but have no real data about that).
Regarding my gpx and kml files of the trails, I have shared our track, but didn't include any waypoint data (except our campsites which undoubtedly won't be the same as your campsites). You can just download the file and open it in Google Earth in order to see what the file contains. (The kmz file opens directly; if you open the gpx format file in Google Earth it may pop a dialog, in which case say "Create KML LineStrings").
You can get Kate's GPX files instead of ours. IIRC Her files include waypoint names. http://trekkinginturkey.com/BooksAndMaps/maps.html
If you've never used any gps data before, then before trying to deal with my gpx or kml file, you should just experiment with your own small file. It's very easy to create a gpx file by using BikeRouteToaster.com - just make a short track near your home and use that simple track you created to learn how to use Gaia GPS on the iPhone.
Buy the app called "Gaia GPS" for your iPhone 3. Set the map layer to OpenCycleMap. WHEN YOU HAVE WIFI CONNECTION: Import the gpx file into Gaia (they give instructions for how to do that). Then go to your list of saved tracks in Gaia, select a track you just imported, in the upper right corner of the screen is a little arrow-like icon, click that, then choose Download Maps for Track. Then wait a while while it gets all the files.
Disclaimer - Gaia is not so good at handling waypoints. It puts all of your waypoints into one place, not organized into folders and not sortable. The app is very good at tracks, and it displays the waypoints but does not allow you to manage them easily.
Next, with Gaia. Go to Settings->Help->Add Topo Map Sources->ESRI World Imagery. That will allow you to download satellite imagery as well as OpenCycleMap. Repeat the same process to download the sat imagery that you followed to download the CycleMaps - be careful though as Gaia has a design flaw right now such that it gets an enormous amount of data when you download sat imagery for a track, so if you don't have much capacity on your phone you might run out of space. Play around with it and you'll find out.
"2. I will be UL camping , and am wondering what night temperatures you encountered? And was there much rain?"
We had some rain, but not extensive. I don't have any idea what the normal pattern is. We never had frost at night on the Lycian or SPT, low temps were probably in the 50s. But we did have damp cool weather in the Kackars.
"3. Do you think the SPT preferable to the Kackar as a hiking experience if going maybe a month later?"
No opinion about that. So much of the success of a trip is about weather and random acts of kindness or fortuitous wildlife encounters or whatnot. We THOROUGHLY enjoyed being in the Kackars in the snow, before anything was occupied - truly magical experience that I will never forget. And probably a completely different experience from being there when the mountain villages are occupied, which they would be a month later.
I hope this helps. Ask more questions if anything else comes up. Amy