Haldun Bora, Burcak, Mustafa, Suna, Meltem Soner
Serkan Elif
15th May
24th May - Photo: Serhan Pocan
15th May
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Panoramic view from the top of the Everest, 24th May - Photo: Mustafa Cihan
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May 14th, 2006

Advanced Base Camp

The weather broke today as expected, however it started to snow and get cloudy again in the afternoon. However the team still reached up to camp 3, to 8300 meters. Burçak and Elif have already raised the bar of the highest point ever reached by Turkish women –which they themselves set before-to a higher level. The team is resting at camp 3 and will depart for the summit at 22:00, tonight. The times I give you are all according to the Nepal time. We are here, 2 hour and 45 minutes ahead of Turkey. The time is 19:45 in Turkey, when it is 22:00 in here.

We would like to wish our mothers, who are looking forward to see us, and all mothers, a happy mother’s day and kiss their hands, as the team.

Hakan Kocakulak

May 13th, 2006
Advanced Base Camp
Hi to everybody,

ImageToday, it snowed all the day. This is a state we prefer to the wind. The team has reached to 7800 meters, to camp 2. Meltem decided to return from the altitude of 7500 meters because of her cough getting worse because of the dry and the cold air. The cough was not letting her to take the oxygen from the air. I went to up to where the fixed lines are to accompany her, but she already had found someone to accompany her. She was coming with her female Indian friend. The solidarity of women… At a place, like the Everest, where women sportsmen are very few. She was a very nice person; she insisted to invite us to her doctor. I guess we gained another friend at the mountain. I had already arranged the Chinese doctor for Meltem. But we could not break the heart of Meltem’s Indian friend and went to their camp. The diagnosis was, for sure, the upper respiratory system infection. The doctor gave us medicines which had Indian writings on and we returned to our camp. I invited them for lunch tomorrow, but I think they will come only for tea, they are very kind…

Even the doctor said that she can be treated here and doesn’t have to go down; I am planning to send Meltem to where Mustafa and Suna are, in the accompaniment of a Sherpa tomorrow. She can get better more quickly over there and come back to here. Because, you cannot totally get well here.

I talked to Mustafa and Suna tonight. They have arrived to Shegar and they are resting.

The weather is overcast now; however the weather report says that there will be a break in the weather tomorrow. I hope the weather report would turn out to be right and there would be a clear weather without the wind…

Hakan Kocakulak

May 12th, 2006

Advanced Base Camp
Hi to everybody,

I know that you are in curiosity. But the Chomolungma did not give permission to the teams today. Its top kept swaying in the wind. Our team, as the other teams, had to return after ascending a few hundred meters at the North Col. Now they are waiting at the 7100 meters camp at the North Col for tomorrow and for the Chomolungma to give permission. However, the dry air and the cold caused two of our friends, Mustafa and Suna, to have sore throats.  And they, instead of exhausting themselves, descended back to the advanced base camp, where I am, to get well soon and try again. Firstly, I took them to the doctor of our Chinese friends. Then we started to antibiotics treatment after contacting with our doctor Betül and our paramedic friend Gürkan. For them to get well quickly, tomorrow, I will firstly send them to the warm atmosphere of the base camp and then to Shigar via vehicle. There is no need to worry, this is a method used by all the teams. I will be observing their condition by the satellite telephone all the time. We all hope that they will recover soon and may it be easy to our friends above.

Hakan Kocakulak

May 11th, 2006
May 11th, 10AM

ImageIt is 10AM according to the Nepal time; we will be setting off soon. This time, we are going for the summit. A few hard days left to meet with the Chomolungma. The time has come and we are ready, the rest is left to its hospitality. We are ten people who are climbing, but we know that, there are thousands of hearts, beating with us. See you soon, goodbye…

May 11th, 5PM

Today, I sent off my friend for the summit. I was more excited then them. I wish Chomolungma would accept my friends. And I would like to ask you to share your positive energies with them on their way of three days to the summit. They will spend this night on their camp at 7100 meters. I learned that they have reached to camp 1 during the conversation I had via walkie-talkie an hour ago. They will depart for camp 2 tomorrow morning at 8AM and will spend the night at the camp 2, around 7800-7900 meters.
Hakan Kocakulak

PS: Regarding Dear Fikret Ünlü’s sensitive message; we would like to add our strength to the “mountaineer” Dear Erdal İnönü’s strength and our resolution to his resolution, in his fight with his illness.

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