Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The following message has been sent by Mountaineering Kanka Robbie.........
"First off, I'd like to apologize for missing more than my share of matches this season. What good is supporting a team if you rarely go to see them play? I'm just getting to the end of a two-year long diploma program, and it has me running in circles at the moment. The good news is, Judy and I will not be departing Ankara this year as previously thought, and thus we will be around for another great season of Gucu footie next year! Glad to say it as I (sniff) would've missed all the (sniff) great friends we've made. Now however, no goodbyes, but only hellos next season...hopefully to my dream, 50 points!

Regarding the picture, glad to say that yet another peak has been claimed for the glory of Ankara Gucu by yours truly. The peak is Jebel Toubkhal, and at 4167 meters, it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and the highest in North Africa. Briefly, the climb wasn't too difficult. We started at about 6:30 in the morning from a mountain hut after having hiked to it the previous day. There was quite a lot of snow still, so we were able to practice using our crampons. By 9:30, a mere 3 hours after leaving the hut, I was unfurling the flag of champions on the top of North Africa! The snow also afforded us opportunities for glissading (basically sliding down on your ass) on the descent, and by 11:00 we were back at the hut. 1000 meters of descent in an hour and a half! The next day we climbed another smaller peak called Tizi N' Aguelzim, and then began our trek back down to the trailhead. All in all, a great time.

Hope you enjoy the picture and can't wait to see all of you at the Kanka Barbecue!

Mountaineering Kanka Robbie"
On behalf of all the kankas, we are very pleased to hear that you won't be leaving us Robbie and Judy. It goes without saying that your absences this season have been missed, but we wish you further success with your career.
Well done on conquering yet another of the great peaks of the world. What's next ? Perhaps Mount Everest ??!!
I'm still trying to muster up the courage to attempt Elmadag Mountain in Ankara !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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