About David Sharp
Statement about May 15th, 2006

The detailed report about our team’s first summit climb that has started on the night of May 14th, 2006, at 10PM according to the Nepal time, has been broadcasted in our internet diary dated May 16th. The details that can be added to the report are as follows: One of our team members, Burçak Özoğlu Poçan has had a serious health problem continued for about two hours, around 8600 meters at the territory named the “second step”. The first response was given by the sherpas to our team member who had prolonged faint at the 8600 meters. The camp manager Hakan and the team leader Serhan were trying to reach to the rest of the team and the other teams via walkie-talkie throughout this time. During the intervention that continued for two hours, camp manager Hakan who was at the advanced base camp, also by asking for help from the leader of the China expedition, achieved four Tibetan guides to depart for the 8300 meters for help. However, it couldn’t be possible for the Tibetans to reach for help due to the high altitude conditions; because the guides have climbed to the summit a day before and so they were tired. Around 5.30AM, after the state of Burçak was relatively stabilised, it was decided that the rest of the team members to continue their climbs, however, differing from our climbing principles, to descend as fast as they can without loosing time by waiting each other to be able to meet with the team. Burçak was descended to the advanced base camp by the team members Serhan and Bora in the accompaniment of Furuwa Tenba Sherpa. Also, the other team members came back by starting to descend after they have made the peak one by one.

Ultimately, the day of May 15th has ended as a very critical day for our team. Four members of the team have made the peak, however at the same time a very serious health problem and afterwards a rescue organisation have experienced. Our team have completed this serious process without any problem by the advantage of behaving as a team. An event which would end up as a tragedy if it wasn’t dealt with as a team had been overcame with a planned and organised work. As a matter of fact, while we were experiencing these, there had been a tragedy experienced on the climbing route. A mountaineer, who started climbing alone at the May 14th, had a problem at 8500 meters. Our team members also passed from the place that this mountaineer, named David Sharp, was at the night of May 14th. Two of the team members, climbing at night, thought that the mountaineer was a climber who stopped for a rest. David was sitting and responded to our friends’ warning “that he has to continue” in a restrained way. After this time David probably felt asleep in the hollow in a motionless way so that the rest of the team that reached to the place approximately 15 minutes later, thought that David was a mountaineer who lost his life in the previous years like the other mountaineer that he was laying next to in that cave. On the 15th of May, on their way down, although our team members were in the middle of their rescue operation, when they understood that David Sharp had vital signs, they used all the possibilities they had in hand, insofar as one is able to bring him back to life. However, like many other mountaineers on the route, David Sharp was also lying at that altitude that he spent hours, in a phase that was not reversible because of experiencing a problem all alone for a long time and not having a team that he climbed together, that would know his condition, when he started climbing, his plan and the most important, who he was. Consequently, neither our team members’, nor other Sherpas’ and climbers’ interventions were enough to bring David Sharp to life after spending hours at the high altitude. And he also took his place with his story like the other eight mountaineers that we have lost this year on the Northeast Ridge Route of Everest…

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