Category Archives: Lycian Way

Great Lycian Way Video

Magnus Hedström wrote in to tell us about the video he’s just created of his 2015 Lycian Way walk. We took at look at it and it beautifully captures the essence of the Lycian Way. He’s posted it to YouTube.

He also told us: “Amazingly beautiful area, friendly people, good food and stunning weather.” We couldn’t agree more. He also noted, though, that the trail could be rough at times and he had trouble finding his way on occasion (a common complaint and the primary reason we created TrekRight).

Check it out — time well spent! 🙂

For more of Magnus’ adventures, take a look at his website:

http://www.magnushedstrom.com/

It’s in Swedish, but very readable with Google Translate. He’s been to some interesting places and he’s got some great photos on his site.

Hiking From Myra to Finike – Trail Feedback

We got some great feedback today from Lycian Way hiker Manoel Morgado who just finished the amazingly beautiful 3-day section from Myra to Finike. This 38.6 km portion of the Lycian Way involves climbing and descending more than 2,280m, some of it very steep and/or rugged. It’s an exhilarating portion of the trail. At this time of the year, it is particularly challenging as there can still be significant snow at the higher elevations.

Descending from Belören towards Demre

Descending from Belören towards Demre, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Manoel had some great comments about both the trail and our TrekRight app:

We are back from the 3 days in the mountains (Myra to Finike) and once more we have to thank you because if it was not for TrekRight we would still be there in the woods looking for the way. From above 1600 meters there was quite a lot of snow and it was almost impossible to find our way. Then we used the app’s directional compass telling us where to go and eventually we found, over and over, one of the marks. Camping at Alakilise was wonderful. It is not everyday that one camps at a 1700 year old Roman church… It took 5 hours from Myra to Alakilise, very hard 8 hours from there to Belos ruins and 3 from there to Finike.


I wouldn’t recommend anybody to do this 3 day trip without your app since there is still quite a lot of snow covering most of the marks. But even before that on the way up it is very easy to get lost and getting lost there can be quite dangerous… We put a few dozen cairns on the way but even then it is not easy.


The weirdest part until now happened on the descent from Belos. You are following the road down and in the app says that the road turns to the left and you should follow to the left. But we were coming on the road and saw signs very clear on the road in front. We went straight and there were more signs so we walked for around 400 meters until we found a house and no more signs. So I looked at the compass and it indicated that we had to go back to the intersection. We were confused since the marks were very clear and very frequent. So, we went back to the road, which was the correct way after all, and then the compass was happy…


Regarding the new ‘official’ section going into Finike: This way is not just very well marked (the best so far with new signs at each 3 meters or so) but very beautiful and different. For quite a while it follows a canyon on a dry river bed that is spectacular!

Manoel is a veteran trekker and mountain climber, leading tours and expeditions around the world. He’s been generously providing us with helpful feedback on his hike of the Lycian Way.

Note: there is nothing technically difficult about the Myra – Finike section other than a lot of ascending and descending. However, if you aren’t experienced with mountain hiking you should definitely wait until closer to summer when the snow has largely cleared before doing this portion of the Lycian Way. It is easy to bypass this portion and continue on from Finike (or from Myra if you are walking westbound).

Here are a few more photos taken in 2013 to give you a nice sense of the trail through the mountains:

Approaching Belören from Zeytin

Approaching Belören from Zeytin, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Great view between Alakilise and the highpoint on the Myra-Finike section

Great view between Alakilise and the highpoint on the Myra-Finike section, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Walking towards the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section, coming from the Belos ruins

Walking towards the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section, coming from the Belos ruins, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Walking on the forest trail between the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section and the Belos ruins

Walking on the forest trail between the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section and the Belos ruins, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

TrekRight v1.8 Submitted to App Store!

TrekRight version 1.8 has been finished for both the Camino de Santiago and the Lycian Way apps. New versions of both have been submitted to the App Store and are simply waiting on review / approval by Apple. It normally takes 5-7 days, so the apps should show up in the App Store sometime around this weekend assuming there are no issues.

This major release adds significant functionality to TrekRight, fixes a few bugs, and includes updates on much of the content.

We recommend everyone update to this new version.

Note: When you update TrekRight, all of the ‘reference’ information will be replaced with our updated content. However, your own data is not affected. Thus, any notes you’ve added or any routes you’ve defined or modified will still be there. The same applies to any ‘Ratings’, Flags, or other values that you can change (user information is stored separately and thus is not affected by updates to the app).

CHANGE LOG
IMPROVED: Routes Module

If you want to customize one of the pre-built routes (such as the popular Brierley or Eroski routes on the Camino), it is now much easier and more flexible. Choose where you want to start and finish and select which sections you want to use (not everyone wants to walk the same exact route). Easily adjust the stage breaks to suit your own speed and preferences. And more. [This is only ‘new’ in the Camino version; it was already in the most recent Lycian Way version]

ADDED: Santiago ‘City Walk’

For the Camino version, we’ve created an in-depth ‘city walk’ of Santiago de Compostela, including a route that appears on the Map, details about just about every notable attraction in the city, and so on. There’s also an ebook version of the guide available (free) here on the website. To do the ‘city walk’ within TrekRight, just select it in the Routes listing.

CONTENT: Lots of Updates

We are continuing to actively update the content of TrekRight, for both the Camino and Lycian Way. For this release, there are more updates to the Camino version (about 800!), though there are also about 200 updates to the Lycian Way version.

FIXED / OTHER: Minor Bugs / Tweaks

A handful of minor bugs have been fixed and there have been small tweaks throughout TrekRight.

Let us know if you encounter any problems or want to recommend new features. TrekRight is being actively worked on, so your feedback and ideas are always greatly appreciated.

Of course, all of our content remains available here, online. Contact us any time to suggest content changes, submit photos or other content of your own, or just to chat.

Thanks to everyone who sent us feedback and helped with testing for this latest version of TrekRight.