avalanches had damaged trees, telephone and
electricity poles. Only towards evening the
next day did we make it to the village.
set out early the next morning and reached Hastaf
Yaylasi around noon. The pasture was deep in
snow, and huge boulders had disappeared beneath
it. Kackar looked completely different from
what it had done in summer. Although we were
wearing snow shoes, these did not always prevent
us from sinking deep into the snow in places.
Late in the afternoon a blizzard broke, but
before dark we had managed to put up our tent
on the plateau of Dilber Duzu. The blizzard,
which meanwhile increased in intensity, was
perhaps Kackar's way of welcoming its guests!
But we were almost there now, the summit just
a day's climb away. The following morning we
rose early, and in three hours reached Deniz
From there we descended into the south bowl,
where a surprise...