Christmas Giveaway!


Hey Sweatcoiners!
Been a while since we’ve done a giveaway here - so we’re excited to announce a special Christmas Giveaway! :swc:

This time, there will be three winners who get 100 sweatcoins each!
Interested? Great! Here’s what you gotta do:

Simply send in some photos of your best walks over the christmas holiday - from Snowy Hills to Tropical Beaches, wherever you are and whatever the weather!

The winners will be chosen on the 29th of December!
Goodluck and stay safe sweatcoiners!


My favorite place to walk to is this, a quiet and beautiful one, simply the best.


Considering the Covid situation, I can’t travel much. Or go out much. We’re in lockdown again.
I have to do most of my walking on the “roof”/“terrace” of my house.
Still, sometimes the view isn’t half bad: look at the colours of this sunset!


Heres the picture of our plaza


me jogging


I was out for a walk on a very cold morning and I took this photo.




This is Dürnstein, Vienna. We did a ~10km hike with a few Erasmus students :grin:



25.12.2020 / 26.12.2020

Named after the name of the mountain where Zeus was born in Greek mythology, ‘Ida’, or Kazdağları, is known as the place where the famous beauty contest between the three great goddesses in mythology was held, as well as the judge of the same competition and the place where the shepherd Paris, who caused the Trojan war to break out.

Mount Ida (Turkey)

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Mount Ida
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Location of Mount Ida on a map of the ancient Troad
Highest point
Elevation 5,820 ft (1,770 m)
Prominence At Karataş peak (ancient Gargarus)
Coordinates 39°42′N 26°50′ECoordinates: 39°42′N 26°50′E
Native name Kazdağı
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Mount Ida

Balıkesir Province, Northwest Turkey


The Mıhlı waterfall is on the border between Balıkesir and Çanakkale in Mt. Ida


Şahinderesi Canyon in Mount Ida National Park


Mount Ida


Mount Ida National Park


View of the Mount Ida


Mount Ida National Park


Mount Ida National Park

Mount Ida (Turkish: Kazdağı , pronounced [kazdaɯ], meaning “Goose Mountain”,[1] Kaz Dağları, or Karataş Tepesi ) is a mountain in northwestern Turkey, some 20 miles southeast of the ruins of Troy, along the north coast of the Gulf of Edremit [tr]. The name Mount Ida is the ancient one. It is between Balıkesir Province and Çanakkale Province

Mount Ida is a lightly populated upland massif of about 700 km² located to the north of Edremit. A number of small villages in the region are connected by paths. Drainage is mainly to the south, into the Gulf of Edremit [tr], also known as Edremit Bay, where the coast is rugged and is known as “the Olive Riviera.”. However, the Karamenderes River (the ancient Scamander) flows from the other side of Mount Ida to the west. Its valley under Kaz Dağları has been called “the Vale of Troy” by English speakers.[2] Currently a modest 2.4 km²[ citation needed ] of Mount Ida are protected by Kaz Dağı National Park, created in 1993.

The summit is windswept and bare with a relatively low tree line due to exposure, but the slopes of this mountain, at the edge of mild Mediterranean and colder central Anatolian climate zones, hold a wealth of endemic flora, marooned here after the Ice Age. The climate at lower altitudes has become increasingly hot and dry in the deforested landscape. The dry period lasts from May to October. Rainfall averages between 631 and 733 mm per year. The mean annual temperature is 15.7 degrees Celsius, with diurnal temperatures as high as 43.7 degrees Celsius in Edremit. The forests on the upper slopes consist mainly of Trojan fir ( Abies nordmanniana subsp. equi-trojani ; considered by some botanists to be a distinct species Abies equi-trojani ). Deer, wild boar and jackal are common at the area. Wolves, lynx, brown bears and big cats once roamed there, but now disappeared from the mountains due to overhunting.

In ancient times, the mountain was dedicated to the worship of Cybele, who at Rome therefore was given the epithet Idaea Mater .

Sibylline books[edit]

The oldest collection of Sibylline utterances, the Sibylline Books, appears to have been made about the time of Cyrus at Gergis on Mount Ida; it was attributed to the Hellespontine Sibyl and was preserved in the temple of Apollo at Gergis. From Gergis the collection passed to Erythrae, where it became famous as the oracles of the Erythraean Sibyl. It seems to have been this very collection, or so it would appear, which found its way to Cumae (see the Cumaean Sibyl) and from Cumae to Rome.


Mount Ida owes much of its fame to the work of the poet Homer, gaining renown from having been mentioned in his epic poem the Iliad. It is the setting for numerous episodes in Ancient Greek myth.


Idaea was a nymph, mate of the river god Scamander, and mother of King Teucer the Trojan king. The Scamander River flowed from Mount Ida across the plain beneath the city of Troy, and joined the Hellespont north of the city.


At an earlier time, on Mount Ida, Ganymede, the son of Tros or perhaps of Laomedon, both kings of Troy, was desired by Zeus, who descended in the form of an eagle and swept up Ganymede, to be cupbearer to the Olympian gods.


On the sacred mountain, the nymphs who were the daughter-spirits of the river Cebrenus, had their haunt, and one, Oenone, who had the chthonic gifts of prophetic vision and the curative powers of herb magic, wed Paris, living as a shepherd on Mount Ida. Unbeknownst to all, even to himself, Paris was the son of Priam, king of Troy. He was there on Mount Ida, experiencing the rustic education in exile of many heroes of Greek mythology, for his disastrous future effect on Troy was foretold at his birth, and Priam had him exposed on the sacred slopes. When the good shepherd who was entrusted with the baby returned to bury the exposed child, he discovered that he had been suckled by a she-bear (a totem animal of the archaic goddess Artemis) and took the child home to be foster-nursed by his wife.

When Eris (“discord”) cast the Apple of Discord, inscribed “for the fairest”, into the wedding festivities of Peleus with Thetis, three great goddesses repaired to Mount Ida to be appraised. By a sacred spring on the mountainside, in “the Judgment of Paris”, the grown youth Paris awarded it to Aphrodite, who offered Helen for a bribe, earning the perpetual enmity of the discredited goddesses Hera and Athena to the Trojan cause ( Bibliotheca 3.12.5).


Anchises, father of Aeneas, also of the Trojan royal house, was tending sheep on Mount Ida when he was seduced by Aphrodite. Their union led to the birth of Aeneas, the mythological progenitor of Rome’s Julio-Claudian dynasty and a founder of Rome in a tradition alternative to that of Romulus and Remus.

Trojan War[edit]

The mountain is the scene of several mythic events in the works of Homer. At its summit, the Olympian gods gathered to watch the progress of the epic fight. But the mountain was the sacred place of the Goddess, and Hera’s powers were so magnified on Mount Ida, that she was able to distract Zeus with her seductions, just long enough to permit Poseidon to intercede on behalf of the Argives to drive Hektor and the Trojans back from the ships.

During the Trojan War, in an episode recorded in Epitome of the fourth book of the Bibliotheca , Achilles with some of the Achaean chiefs laid waste the countryside, and made his way to Ida to rustle the cattle of Aeneas. But Aeneas fled, and Achilles killed the cowherds and Mestor, son of Priam, and drove away the sacred kine ( Epitome 3.32). Achilles briefly refers to this incident as he prepares to duel with Aeneas during the siege of Troy. ( Iliad XX)

After the Trojan War, the only surviving son of Priam, Helenus, retired to Mount Ida, where he was surprised and became the captive of Neoptolemus. In the Aeneid a shooting star falls onto the mountain in answer to the prayer of Anchises to Jupiter.


Bronze age[edit]

In the Bronze Age, the region around the mountain complex had a somewhat chequered ethnography. There is evidence for the following peoples with a reasonable degree of probability:

  • The Tjeker in Ayvacık, Çanakkale Province, which the Greeks called the Teucri. They were probably from Crete and are most likely to have been the source of the name, Mount Ida, which they took from Mount Ida, Crete.

Iron age[edit]

In historical times, Xerxes’ march took him past Mount Ida (Herodotus VII:42).



Walks with my nephew are the best. It snowed yesterday in Kosovo! :slight_smile:


A superb sunny hike :slight_smile:



Thank you everyone who took part!
We’ve been keeping an eye on here and it’s now time to announce the winners - 100 coins each!

Could the winners please reply here with your usernames and i’ll send over your coins :smiley:
In no particular order:
@justinzwijns with the amazing Vienna pic! Hiking is always good fun and Vienna is a beautiful place :ok_hand:
@Francis with the awesome skyline from your roof :smiley: All steps add up - whether it’s on your roof or in the countryside, walking is important for us and sweatcoin will be there alongside you!
@emanuelmirt23 with the beautiful oceanside walk - where is that if you wouldn’t mind? I may have to visit sometime - Wales is usually too wet for beachside walks :sweat_smile:

Once again, thank you all for your images - keep sweatcoining and maybe we’ll have some more giveaways soon!


Awesome!! @justinzwijns is my username, the same as here.


Great, thank you!
Username is Francis666188 . BTW, is there a way to change it so I can remember it?


Thank u so much, Ashton! My username is EMANUELMIRT


It’s Lake of Fogliano, situated in Italy near Rome


Thank you all! Your coins will be sent soon :slight_smile:


Well done to the winners of our Christmas Comp!!
It’s been fab to see you all out and about all across the globe.
Wishing all our Sweatcoiners a wonderful, happy and healthy new year ahead! Let’s hope it’s a better one!!! :raised_hands::tada:


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