Gary Traynor, on 11 January 2011 - 09:51 AM, said:
Hey there Martin G.
Are you still going to be in Gallipoli in late July? There is a group of us Aussies heading over there (we too will arrive in late July and will be there for a week to the August landing dates. Will you still be there then? Would love to meet up and discuss a bit of history from your side?? Cheers mate, Gary Traynor.
Gary - this post was from last year (2010). I have been and gone. No concrete plans fro this year.....yet.
If you have been before, you will know the score, but if it is your first trip there are many GWF members with a lot of Gallipoli experience who will gladly offer advice should you need it.. You might want to contact GWF member V Beach who has done many trips there.
I am conscious that "free advice is, by definition, worthless" but I did a lot of research before I went; if you need any pointers and have not yet sorted your accommodation I would very strongly recommend staying at Gallipoli Houses, run by GWF member Eric Goosens (the Plummed Goose on GWF) who is a fantastic host and also a mine of information on the campaign. If you are focused on ANZAC it is absolutely great as it is so close, and also convenient for Suvla Bay (my area of interest - the least visited, least understood and the least written about of all the battlefields at Gallipoli).
I would also strongly recommend getting a 4WD car as the tracks can be very difficult for normal cars even in mid summer. It was my only regret as it was important to me to add some variation to what could potentially have become a tour of beautifully maintained war graves, however moving and important that may be. There is much more to Gallipoli. I was fortunate enough to have Eric give me a lift to some areas which would otherwise have been impossible to get to. To see the terrain from some of these more 'outback' tracks on the ridges is something special.
The other thing is that most of the maps are very very poor, so I would again strongly recommend printing off maps from Google Earth before you get there and if you can, also get the Sevki Pasha maps which have considerable detail on trenches etc. One other thing - I did do one very interesting walk which I would do again - up from the very northern edge of ANZAC, up a track via Table Top to the very top. It was a spectacular walk and a wonder to see what the Kiwis assaulted. Also worth walking the Kiretch Tepe ridge line for some spectacular views.