My name is Jon Glassberg and I own a production company called Louder Than Eleven. I make movies about climbing and adventure based out of Boulder, Colorado.
About two years ago I teamed up with outdoor clothing company Marmot and professional climber Paige Claassen to produce a world tour that would combine high end rock climbing in remote places of the world while simultaneously raising money for women and children in the countries we visited.
The project is called “Lead Now” and our goal is simple: spend one month in each country trying to climb the hardest routes we can find while working with non-profit organizations to develop marketing materials that they could use to fundraise for themselves and through our project.
The catch was that we wouldn’t be coming home between each month’s adventure and we would be traveling from one country to the next for nine months learning as we go.
STOP #7: Turkey
Seven months into our trip around the world and we made our escape the worlds largest democracy with only minor bumps and bruises and cruised over to Turkey for some rest and relaxation on the Mediterranean Sea.
After nearly 200 days on the road, we touch down in Antalya, Turkey for a month of climbing with friends from the USA on the amazing limestone cliffs of Geyik Bayiri.
At one of the worlds largest sport climbing vacation destinations, our team roped up on some classic climbs and gained back some fitness from our long days of traveling. We focused our time on hard sport climbing objectives and became full fledged tourists in the ancient cities and ruins around our comfy apartment. Touring the areas in the off season was way better then we expected and we spent the majority of time alone, questing through forgotten castles taking pictures and soaking it all in.
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Editor: Emily Bartran
Photo: Courtesy of Lead Now