For three thousand years, civilizations rose and fell along the Turkish coast. Today, this mysterious, stony landscape, nestled among olive groves and ancient ruins, is the new arena for a generation of hard-core technical climbers.
In March 2010, Emily Harrington - one of the only women to have climbed the stupendously hard grade of 5.14b - lead the creme de la creme of The North Face® rock climbing team on a Turkish road trip that wove cutting-edge cragging with an exploration of the rich history and culture of this ancient country.
Joining Emily were Americans Daniel Woods, one of the world's strongest boulderers and a top-ranking player on the competition scene; Sam Elias, an all-rounder who has climbed elite levels on rock, boulders, ice and mixed climbing; Britain’s James Pearson, known for bold trad routes on his homeland’s gritstone and sea cliffs; Basque brothers Iker and Eneko Pou, whose accomplishments include their five-year Seven Walls, Seven Continents Project, which recently netted what could be the hardest bigwall free climb on earth, an 8c+ on Spain’s Naranjo de Bulnes peak; and, from Japan, Yuji Hirayama, a 41-year-old legend on rock whose accomplishments include winning the World Cup Circuit twice, free climbing Yosemite's El Capitan, on-sighting White Zombie (5.14b), and establishing a 5.15 first ascent, Flat Mountain.
Local Turkish rock star and regional The North Face® athlete Serkan Ercan who escorted the group from Herakleia’s granite boulder fields to the limestone crags of Antalya, which rise along the Mediterranean Sea, guided the team.