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            Ascent of St. Hilarion - elevation 725m (2379 ft) - with Near East College Mountaineering Club
            Departure from Near East College, Nicosia with principal Isilay Arkan (5th from right)
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            Barry Hurst and teacher Sait Baki (NECMC co-founders) with students outside Karmi Church
            Interior of Karmi Church, with an interesting talk on its beautiful Byzantine icons and that of the
            village's history, from the church warden, who is also the village muhtar (headman)
            A pause for a rest halfway up the Orange Route from Karaman (Karmi)



Sait and Barry with students at the Queen's Window in St. Hilarion Castle - a 13th-century Crusader castle (for a comprehensive history see Hans Doeleman's excellent website - ).The castle is allegedly the inspiration for the castle in Walt Disney's 1937 film of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". An entrance fee for the castle must be paid if you wish to achieve the summit!





            The NECMC group on the highest wall of the castle nearing the summit
            Teachers Inna and Songul relaxing by the summit, the start at Karaman village visible in the centre
            Lunchtime amongst the summit rocks, Karaoglanoglu (Agios Georgios) and the blue Med way below
            Sait with student at the summit, slightly ignoring the "don't touch the radioactive material" warning
            sign on an antenna!
            Sait and Barry at the summit of St. Hilarion
            Kyrenia - showing the large breakwater of its New Harbour
            Telephoto shot of our former apartment building (centre) taken from same position
            Looking east along the Besparmak (Pendadhaktylos or Five Fingers) Range
            More summit views