Photo: Francisco Taranto Jr.
Baffa Lake, Turkey
Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson—The North Face’s premiere rock climbing couple—met on a rock face in Antalya, Turkey, but Antalya gave them more than a climbing partner for life. Ciavaldini and Pearson fell in love with Turkey—its rock and its food, the underpin of history, and endless variety. Despite frequent trips back to its crags, the duo is still bound to the rock climbing destination. Photographer Francisco Taranto Jr. was there to capture their latest trip.
Ciavaldini: The hills here are covered in boulders near Baffa Lake, Turkey. Most climbers come here to boulder—climbing with no ropes on the low rocks—but James and I went our traditional route, climbing the higher boulders. We place temporary anchors in the rock to make our way up and take everything off on our way down.