Bilgi/Info

Hiking Istanbul logo (large)Hiking İstanbul – İstanbul’un yakın çevresinde günlük doğa yürüyüşleri
Bizler İstanbul’un yakın çevresinde günlük yürüyüşler (hike) hakkında kitap yazma çabasında olan üç İstanbulluyuz. Kitap İngilizce ve Türkçe olacak. Şu anda böyle bir kitap olmaması bize çok şey söylüyor…
Caroline bir Osmanlı tarihçisi ve Türkiye’de benzeri olmayan Evliya Çelebi Uzun Güzergâhlı At Yolu’nun yaratıcılarından biri. Nick bir sanatçı, konser organizatörü ve dağcı. Suha haritacılık, navigasyon ve coğrafi bilgi yönetimi konusunda uzman bir kişi. Üçümüz de “yürüyüş” (hike) meraklısıyız.
Kitap fikri, Serkan Taycan’ın 2013 İstanbul Bienali Kanal Yürüyüşü projesiyle kıvılcımlandı, hükümetin Gezi Parkı’nın yapılaşması girişimi ile kamu alanlarına erişime Türkiye’de çok az değer verilmesine tepki olarak şekillendi (Avrupa kentleri arasında İstanbul en az yeşil alan yüzdesine sahip olanlar arasındadır, birçok otel ve diğer yapılar daha önce parklar veya mezarlıklar üzerine inşa edilmişlerdir). Eğer patikalar ve izler kullanılmıyorsa, İstanbul civarındaki alanlar takdir görmüyor ve rekreasyon amaçlı (yeniden yaratma ve yenilenme anlamına gelir) değerlendirilmiyorsa, bir gün bu alanlar “geliştirme” adına imha edildiğinde şikâyetçi kim olabilir ki?
Bu, ekonomik ilerleme saplantısıyla hızlanan, uzun bir süredir devam emekte olan bir durum. Başbakan’ın yakın geçmişteki bir yorumu ile “Yollar için her şey feda edilebilir çünkü yollar medeniyettir. Medeni olmayanlar yolların değerini bilmezler. Bizim değerlerimize göre yollar hiçbir engel tanımaz.” Bu nedenle, İstanbul çevresinde kutsal, korunan alanlar yerine ihmal edilebilir değeri olan mekanlar var; yani bir yerden bir yere giderken içinden geçilen mekanlar. Ancak otoyol, kanal, havaalanına dönüştürüldüklerinde, mega projeler arasında bir zamanların yeşil alanlarını dolduran kentsel yayılmanın değeri var addediliyor.
Kitabımız aynı zamanda Kate Clow’un olağanüstü çalışması olan uzun-mesafeli Anadolu yürüyüş rotaları yaratılması girişiminin bir uzantısı da olacak.
Kitabımızın kavramsal prensipleri şunları içermekte: yürüyüş başlangıç ve bitiş noktalarına toplu taşıma araçları ile erişile bilinmeli, özel araca bağımlı olunmamalıdır; estetik, tarihi ve doğal zenginlikler ve fiziksel anlamda çekici olmalıdır. Yürüyüş-disiplini gerektirmeli, tamamlanması günün çoğunu almalı, bazılarının birleştirilerek, kamp malzemesi taşınmaksızın, birkaç günlük yürüyüşe dönüştürülmesi mümkün olmalıdır. Zaman içinde kitapla bütünleşik Web 3.0 özellikli Web sitesi ve Akıllı Telefon uygulamaları geliştireceğiz. Ayrıca diğer sivil toplum kuruluşları ve kurumlarla işbirliği arayışları içindeyiz.
Projenin farklı aşamalarında başka katılımcılarla beraber çalışmayı, İstanbul’un yakın çevresini keşfederken isteyenlerin bizlere katılmalarını diliyoruz. Eğer ilgileniyorsanız veya ilgilenenleri tanıyorsanız, bizimle irtibat kurun ve onların da bize erişmelerini sağlayın. Eğer bu aşamada aktif anlamda bize katılmayıp sadece bilgilendirilmek istiyorsanız, lütfen belirtin. Eğer İstanbul çevresinde bizim tanımımıza uyan günlük yürüyüş önerileriniz varsa, lütfen bizi bilgilendirin.
Yukarıda ilginiz çeken konularda veya daha fazla bilgi için bize Türkçe ve İngilizce erişebilirsiniz.
Nick Hobs, Caroline Finkel, Suha Ülgen

İletişım: Facebook veya info@hikingistanbul.org

Ek bilgi:
https://www.facebook.com/hikingistanbul

İlintili referanslar:

Kültür rotaları
http://cultureroutesinturkey.com/c/evliya-celebi-way/
http://cultureroutesinturkey.com/c/

Türkiye’de genelde yürüyüşler hakkında
http://istanbul.angloinfo.com/information/lifestyle/sports-and-leisure/outdoor-activities/

İki Deniz Arasında
www.serkantaycan.com
https://www.facebook.com/ikidenizarasi
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.183013318550314.1073741831.181537075364605&type=1
http://13b.iksv.org/en/
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-331608-artist-serkan-taycan-draws-map-of-istanbul-between-two-seas.html

Kuzey Ormanları Savunması
http://www.kuzeyormanlari.org/kuzey-ormanlari/
http://kuzeyormanlari.org/Docs/Yasam_Doga_Cevre_Insan_ve_Hukuk_Karsisinda_3_Havalimani_Projesi.pdf

Cornucopia
http://www.cornucopia.net/blog/pitching-an-important-cause/

Zaman
http://www.todayszaman.com/columnistDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=330979&columnistId=111
http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=329202

Hürriyet
http://hurarsiv.hurriyet.com.tr/goster/haber.aspx?id=11926014&p=2

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Hiking Istanbul – a book of hikes in the Istanbul region
We are three long-time Istanbullers working on a book of hikes in Istanbul’s hinterland – at the moment there isn’t such a book, which already says a lot. The book will be in Turkish and English versions. Caroline is an Ottoman historian and co-creator of the Evliya Çelebi Way long-distance bridle path (the only such in Turkey). Nick is a performer, concert promoter and mountaineer. Suha is a master of mapping, navigation and all things geoinformatic. We are all keen hikers.
The idea for the book was sparked by Serkan Taycan’s Canal Walk project for last year’s Istanbul Biennial, and is a response to the Government’s attempt to build on Gezi Park, and how extraordinarily little value is given to public land and public access in Turkey (Istanbul has amongst the lowest percentage of green space of any European city, with many hotels and other constructions built on land which was once parks or cemeteries). If trails and paths are not used, if the land around Istanbul is not appreciated and not used for recreation (which means literally the process of re-creating, of renewal), then who can complain about it being destroyed one day in the name of ‘development’?
A process which has been going on for a long time, and accelerating under the obsession with economic ‘progress’ (to whit the Prime Minister’s recent comment “Everything can be sacrificed for roads, because roads are civilisation. Those who are not civilised do not know the value of roads. In our values, roads do not recognise any obstacle”.), so instead of a green belt of sacred, protected land around Istanbul, we have space which has negligible value (it’s just the space you pass through on your way to somewhere else), and only is regarded as having value if it’s turned into motorways, canals, airports, and the urban sprawl which fills in the once-green spaces between the megaprojects.
Our book will also be an extension of Kate Clow’s extraordinary work in creating long-distance hiking trails in Anatolia.
The concepts for our book include that the hikes should be accessible by public transport from Istanbul (not dependent on private cars), that they should be interesting from a mixture of aesthetic, historical, geological and biological perspectives as well as physically engaging. The hikes should be serious – they should take the best part of a day to complete, and some of them will be linkable so that they can be combined into longer hikes of more than a day (though the idea is not to have to carry camping gear).We’re interested in working with collaborators on different phases of the project, and we’d be interested in fellow-hikers joining us as they wish as we explore Istanbul’s hinterland. If you’re interested or know people who are, please get in touch or put them in touch. If you just wish to be kept informed without being actively involved at this stage, please also let us know. And if you have suggestions for hikes around Istanbul which would fit (more or less) the brief, then please do let us know.Please contact us in Turkish or English for more information if interested in any aspect of the above.Nick Hobbs, Caroline Finkel and Suha ÜlgenContact: via facebook or info@hikingistanbul.orgMore info:
https://www.facebook.com/hikingistanbul
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14 thoughts on “Bilgi/Info

  1. Hello! My name is Ana María.
    I would like to know about the price of the hiking for this Saturday (16th).
    Thank you in advanced.
    Ana María

  2. hi Nick

    A couple of weeks ago I contacted you via facebook but I like to communicate via email.
    I am a photographer from the Netherlands.
    In may this year I was in Istanbul for a week to work on a photoproject. Two days I could go with a chauffeur to the periphery of Istanbul near the area of Durusu.
    Inspired by the project of the Turkish artist Serkan Taycan who made a beautiful project Between two Seas, a hiking path of 60 km, I focussed on making portraits of young ones, teenagers. I felt the time I spend there was too short that’s why i want to go back maybe in september or october for a week.
    Because it’s not for a long period I want to use my time efficient. By scrolling on the internet I found your website/facebook. After reading your hiking stories and seeing such beautiful images of the area I like to get in touch with you.
    When I go back I want to travel around, driving or hiking..focus on the authenticity of some little villages and nature and especially the people/young generation who live there. My question is if you could help me because you know this area and it’s people and another important thing is that you speak English! It would be nice if we could communicate or even beter we could meet when I am there…
    I hope to hear from you,

    kind regards,
    Louise

  3. hello
    my name is hamza alnajjar
    i would like to inform you that i am interested in your event on 16th to anatolia side
    i will be coming with three more of my friends
    i hope to get the confirmation as soon as possible
    thanks 🙂

  4. Re: Osman’s Dream – Dear Ms Finkel,
    Please note: the above mentioned book, which you have written and published, is excruciatingly difficult to read. It is so badly printed in fact that a copy which I have recently purchased via Amazon had to be returned.
    The paper is of very poor substance and the ink printed on it of even lesser quality!
    The literary content aside, for I did not even get that far, pitching the price for your work at £16.00 plus on average, I would expect a comparable balance of value expressed in quality paper and print.
    After all what is the point of purchasing a book if it is a displeasure to read. A displeasure that would be 700 pages long.

    Having returned the copy I purchased from Amazon, on those grounds, I am making a second attempt to purchase another copy from Waterstone’s, I contacted the bookshop in advance to my purchase in order to ascertain if the copies they are holding are printed in sufficient quality to be read. I am waiting to hear.

    I have written to you, thinking that perhaps you are not aware of these issues? And that perhaps if you are not, you may wish to rectify these with your publisher. For I am sure, that I am not the only purchaser who will reject your publication on the grounds which I have mentioned.
    A pity indeed, your efforts in researching and writing the book deserve better. By raising and bringing this issue to your attention, I hope to have done you a small service.
    I am still hopeful of finding a readable copy.

    Yours sincerely,

    Joe Sedlmaier

  5. Hi – I was thinking of visiting Turkey in early March because I have some time free, and wanted to do some hiking too. Originally I thought of going to Trabzon and trying to hike there, but it looks like the weather is a bit iffy that time of year. I’d like maybe to visit Istanbul, dates probably 8-17 March. I’d love to fit in some hiking. Has your group made any plans that far ahead? I’d like to have company (and a guide), if possible. I’d love to hear from you.

    1. sorry I missed this I think
      easiest for me to communicate via Facebook or write me a mail
      nick at hikingistanbul dot org
      thanks

  6. Merhaba ben mustafa arslan.Doğayı seven ve doğayla iç içe olmaktan haz alan biriyim.Size katılmak için ne yapmam gerekiyor.

    1. easiest for me to communicate via Facebook or write me a mail
      nick at hikingistanbul dot org
      thanks

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