On 23-25 July, I took part in DASK ADAM (“Nature Research, Outdoor Sports and Rescue Society” Mountain marathon / DASK ADAM Anatolian Mountain Marathon) for the 3rd time.
A target: to complete the race
After the adventure of last year, our target this year is to reach the intermediate camp and to finish the race.
DASK Adam race is a two day long orienteering race. Each team (with two people) carries their own food and equipment, only using a compass and a map to find their way. As I wrote in my blog “Last preparations with Midland Radios before DASK race”, each contestant need to carry necessary equipment, food and camping materials themselves.
We set-off from İstanbul around 13:30 on Thursday. I prepared my bag rapidly as I have been travelling much recently (6 days running in Iran, 5 days trekking in Kaçkar Mountains). I purchased kavurma (dried meat), figs, walnuts, bread, ready made soup and crackers from the market. For equipment, I had BV Sport compression socks, tights and t-shirts and ASICS Gel Fuji Sensor running shoes, just as I had in Iznik Ultra.
Camping materials (tent, mat and sleeping bag) were used previously. But we realised this year that we need a new tent and a sleeping bag. The sleeping bag is not keeping us warm anymore and the tent can’t stop the moisture coming in as it is a single layer tent. No matter, we just got cold at nights : )
This was the second time I took part in DASK with Timur. His condition is good but he is lucky to have me as he can’t read map which is also a little stressful for me. It is a great opportunity though as I can improve my navigation but stressful at the same time because of constant map reading, which makes finding the route tiring.
First day: happy to reach the camp
We got the start at 5:35 on Thursday. I marked the control points on the map before we set-off, using coordinates given. We set-off without losing too much time. There were 6 points on the first day. As always, my brain didn’t get into gear for the first half an hour: I needed to get used to the new map. We didn’t take many risks on the first day: We preferred the long sure route a couple of times, rather than a short cut. We arrived at the intermediate camp at 14:00 after a good first day. We were really happy because we were hopelessly lost the previous year and couldn’t reach the camp.
The intermediate camp is really one of the best things of DASK. Teams arrive one by one. They are applauded by other teams as they arrive, everyone sits around a fire, BBQ is lit. But the nights finish early because there is race tomorrow morning.
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, there are 4 different routes: Short route is 30km (800-1800m climb), medium route is 50km (2200-3200m), long route is 70km (3200-4000m) and Gökhan Türe Ultra is 90km long (4200-5500m). Distances written here are as a crow flies. Like last year, we took part in the medium route. On the first day, we run almost 30km.
Second day: a difficult course
We received start at 6:20 on Saturday, the second day. We raced to the first point. For the second point we decided to select the difficult route and cut through the terrain. We started well and were going well but when we arrived at the summit something strange had happened and I lost my direction. I assumed I was heading North but it was South. I took a breath then another one and trusted the compass. We were running around in circles, probably before we arrived at the summit. It was a good job otherwise we were going to run back downhill.
The route on the second day was more technical. We lost some time on the third and fourth checkpoints. We weren’t lost completely (and this really is a good news because I was lost a few times the last year) but we made the route a bit longer. We arrived at the main camp around 16:00, crossed the finish line with applause. The Mayor of Dörtdivan Hasan Uzunoğlu congratulated us and invited us to a dinner of chicken and rice.
After the ceremony, all attendees were sitting around a camp fire and singing. We came 5th out of 7 teams in the mixed category on the medium route.
Great way to prepare for Lycian Way Ultra Marathon
For me, running on rough terrain for over two days with rucksack has been a good preparetion for my biggest target of 2015 which is the Lycian Way Ultra Marathon. Only two months is left. I am taking part in the Lycian Way Ultra Marathon category. I need to find a light sleeping bag and a backpack until then. I am still undecided about the shoes. You can contact me if you have any recommendations.