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David James Nov 18, 2014 at 05:43 PM

Hello: I am on this hiking trip from 3/17 to 3/27. Guidi, is this when you are on the trip? Anyone else out there. I am interested in getting to know my traveling companions. David J
Giudi Weiss Nov 19, 2014 at 08:38 AM

Yes, that's the one I'm signed up for -- and really looking forward to. (Though I think it officially ends March 29.) I hope we're not the only ones!

Giudi Weiss Nov 09, 2014 at 06:58 PM

I just put down a deposit on this trip (for March 2015) and am wondering if anyone else has enrolled. Bonnie, it looks like you are, yes? Is there anyone else out there?

Bonnie Sashin Aug 09, 2014 at 09:08 PM

Lois, I'm sorry to hear that your plans have been disrupted. Did the trip get cancelled because of insufficient enrollment, the political situation in Turkey, or other reasons?
Lois Goldstein Aug 09, 2014 at 09:16 PM

We were signed up for this trip as well as a Croatia trip that was supposed to be done a few days before the Turkey trip. That one got cancelled last week due to insufficient enrollment, so we cancelled off of Turkey too while we considered our options. NOt sure if that put the Turkey one too low in numbers, but a few days later I noticed that Turkey was off the website too. We are going to Southeast Asia instead this fall, but would really like to re-enroll next fall.
Lois Goldstein Aug 09, 2014 at 09:20 PM

BTW, I called the RS office to inquire aobut wha'ts the minimum number to have a trip go, and they didn't have a definitive answer: "It depends on the trip operator". The Croatia trip was a cruise with 10 rooms, and only about 6 people has signed up. RS was very apologetic, said it had never happened before, and we got all our money back, including insurance. But it was still a pain.
Lois Goldstein Aug 09, 2014 at 09:21 PM

I wish this site was like Facebook so I could go back and correct my typos.

Lois Goldstein Aug 07, 2014 at 11:16 PM

We were supposed to go on this trip in Nov. 2014, and it has been cancelled. We got all our money back, but are still really disappointed. Contact RS and find out if your trip in the spring is getting enough takers. We want to sign up again for the fall of 2015. But I might try to find friends to sign up too, so that it finally goes!

Bonnie Sashin May 20, 2014 at 08:19 PM

Hi, everyone! I'm scheduled to do this trip in March 2015. Do you think one trekking pole will suffice? Also is there any particular brand/model you would recommend for a woman who's just 5'4"? Thank you!
Lois Goldstein May 20, 2014 at 09:17 PM

I use the women's Trail trekking poles by Black Diamond, and I love them! I always use 2, since you never know which side you may trip!
Bonnie Sashin May 21, 2014 at 07:19 AM

Thank you, Lois!
Kathy Leonard May 21, 2014 at 05:26 PM

Bonnie, my husband and I got by using one pole each, for space reasons. We both have Black Diamond (graphite) poles and love them - when you telescope them in they just fit diagonally in our carry-ons. We're still flashing back on this wonderful trip...would love to do it again.
Bonnie Sashin May 21, 2014 at 06:33 PM

Thank you, Kathy. I've already picked up a pair of lighter weight hiking boots than the ones I already have, and will head back to REI for a Black Diamond graphite pole. I think that might be less cumbersome for me than two.
Bonnie Sashin May 21, 2014 at 06:34 PM

Kathy, are there any other items you suggest packing, other than a small napsack, camera, and lots of polar fleece?
Kathy Leonard May 21, 2014 at 08:56 PM

Have some band-aids packed..we had a few skinned knees. I put together a Turkish cheat sheet that was useful..a little effort is always rewarding. I read a lot about Turkey and kept up with a couple of blogs and news pages. I hope you like cats, Bonnie; our group all enjoyed the Turkish cats.

Lois Goldstein Dec 22, 2013 at 09:11 PM

We are signed up for this trip for November 2014. Do you think that over-the-ankle hiking boots are necessary?
Kathy Leonard Dec 28, 2013 at 04:54 PM

You'll encounter a fair amount of loose, rocky trail and for me that necessitates over the ankle hiking boots for support. If you regularly hike in these conditions with lower boots they might suffice. I believe everyone in our group had a higher boot, however. A (collapsible) trekking pole would definitely be worth bringing as well. We had a fantastic time on this trip and at least for us, the weather was near perfection!
Lois Goldstein Dec 28, 2013 at 05:04 PM

Thanks for the info, Kathy. I own 3 pairs of high hiking boots, so I will take one of them. I've been on several RS hiking trips, and use my Black Diamond trekking poles a lot. On my NZ trip in 2011, almost everyone in the group had identical poles. We are going to Turkey kind of late in the season, but it's still bound to be nicer there than in northern Michigan at that time of the year.
Kathy Leonard Dec 28, 2013 at 05:08 PM

So you won't be surprised that we have Black Diamond trekkiing poles! Turkey is wonderful..
Lois Goldstein Dec 28, 2013 at 05:09 PM

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Lois Goldstein Jan 02, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I didn't notice that any of the hikes on this trip are all day treks, so I am wondering if I will need a pack that is large enough to carry lunch, water and extra clothing for 5 or 6 hours out on the trail. Any suggestions? In NZ we had ten mile hikes, so I needed my large pack, but maybe I can get away with something a bit smaller this time around?,
Kathy Leonard Jan 02, 2014 at 01:25 PM

No, a fanny pack or light backpack would be sufficient for this one.
Lois Goldstein Jan 02, 2014 at 09:40 PM

Thanks a million for the quick response, Kathy. One less thing to schlep along!

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