01.08.2015 – 10.08.2015

I started trekking when I was 13 years old. My father and I enjoy nature walking a lot and we have decided to turn our customary walks into a regular physical activity.  This summer, we decided to go to Kayaköy Art Camp. (In this camp, each camper chooses an art activity to spend their noon hours in the camp. After these art workshops, campers go trekking.) Each day, we walked to a different bay in Fethiye. Depending on the incline and the length of the path, trekking duration also varied.  Similarly, we had time for swimming when we arrived at the bays. For this reason, swimming was also a part of the trekking activity. Mr. Ozen, our trekking guide, led and accompanied the group. Here is the list of bays or paths that we trekked during our 2-week stay in Kayaköy (the duration of each is also given below):

  • Cold Water Bay (Soğuk Su Koyu): 4 hours
  • Af Kule Monastery: 3 hours
  • Deadsea (Ölüdeniz) Walk: 6 hours
  • Darboğaz: 4 hours
  • Saklıkent Walk: 2 hours
  • Nicolas Island: 2 hours

Perseverance and condition were two important keys to success in this activity. Deadsea walk was extremely challenging because it took approximately 3 hours to arrive at the destination and 3 hours to trek back. I was carrying a backpack with me and a bottle of water. Especially the first 30 minutes of the walk was exhausting because we had to climb a steep hill. Rocks and bushes were all over the path, and they scratched my legs. The weather was also too hot, and I felt that I was pushing my limits. Hopefully, Mr. Ozen gave us time to rest periodically. I learned that I had to take more water with me for walks longer than 3 hours. The journey was a lot better after climbing the hill, I observed the environment and tried to walk in a normal tempo to control my breathing. Likewise, St. Nicolas Island was challenging because we climbed to the peak of the island. For this reason, I have to improve my climbing skills in trekking for better performance. After walking for hours, swimming is a great activity. It made me relax and helped me gain energy for the return path.

Area: Action

Hours Completed: 21