"Everest, Are You Ready?" Documentary
May 30th, 2006


We were with you for almost two months. Our aim was to see you closer. We tried to come near you for days and weeks. We think you didn’t like this much, you tired some us and upset some other. However at the end you gave permission to us, even for two times, thank you.

All in all, we have got to know you. We saw that you are a charming, beautiful and at the same time a petulant and furious noblewoman. You are the goddess of the earth, you are Everest, you are Chomolungma, you are Sagarmatha. Now we are leaving. Our friends came from Turkey to get us. We turned back and looked at you for the last time, we are leaving…



May 28th, 2006

Base Camp 

We abandoned the advanced base camp, which has been our home for weeks, and we went down to the base camp at 5200 meters. There weren't many people left from other expeditions, either. Everybody is packing up and turning back, some having climbed up Chomolungma, some having reached very close to it and having turned back and some having left their friend to the mountain until infinity.

We too packed our stuff and went down two days ago. Honestly, we didn't miss it much. Maybe it's because we didn't want to face again the strain, the fatigue, the sadness we went through in the previous weeks. We are at the base camp, Chomolungma is much farther away, we can look at it more comfortably. We're here for another one or two days. We're expecting our friends from Turkey who are coming to meet us, they'll be coming today.

Today we made a technical evaluation of our climbs, we created altitude charts and went over our strategies.


The result: we saw that we followed a strategy that's not that bad. The altitude chart is not the same for the whole team of course. There are two summit teams and ones who spent several days at 4000 meters because of their sickness. Independent of this differentiation, we see that the team in general has followed a consistent ascending plan. The three of us who went up to 8600 meters and went back because of the accident, have topped 8500 meters two times! Namely, they made the summit at 8600 meters and made the Everest summit at 8850 meters one week later! By the way, the ascending strategy for the three people who couldn't join the first attempt and rested at low altitude was the most productive. Even though it wasn't intended, they had an opportunity to rest well, and were less effected showing a better performance.

Our technical evaluation of the climb won't be limited with that, certainly we'll go through it more deliberately. For now, as we are spending our last days at the base camp, these are the first conclusions.

May 25th, 2006
Advanced Base Camp

ImageDone. Yesterday the remaining six people made the summit and we attained our goals. We succeeded in organizing a team climb to Everest from Turkey for the first time and making the summit by the all of the team members. We achieved the first Turkish women's climb to the summit of the world, and we did this by four women reaching the summit. Most importantly, after completing these, despite being in strained and heavy physical acitivity for 2, 5 months, various problems, uncertainties, illnesses, and the heavy load of our responsibilities, we are still and again we're still a team and we're able to return alltogether as we came here.

We're not mentioning about our success so easily like not because we're bragging, we achieved this actually as a very big team together with you. During the preparation and adaptation period that lasted for days, the first summit attempt, the second summit attempt -despite its tension-, your support was with you. We're sure that Everest hasn't felt such a big team on it ever before.

Now it is time to pack up and descent to lower altitudes. We have a little more time left until our return to Turkey. Firstly, we are looking forward to come together with our friends who will meet us here, and then of course to meet the rest of the team back at home…

Until that time we will continue to send the daily news and pictures. However we would like to thank to the rest of the team who are behind our success, while it is still fresh in our minds.

Firstly, our main supporter Petrol Ofisi and our other supporters THANK YOU.

After that, we would like to introduce you the hidden characters that have hand in the Turkish Everest team becoming this big and to thank to them:

The labourers of the site, who made it possible for thousands of people to follow, Sertan Girgin, Elif Tülay Kuş, Selin Poçan, Volkan Koç;

The 2006 Turkish Everest Expedition Coordination Group, who carried out the relationship with our main supporter Petrol Ofisi, who communicated with the media, who continuously informed our families, and who made our job easier in many other issues and made this expedition to come true, Mete Hacaloğlu, Cem Baytok, Pınar Aydın, Ayhan Özel, Erdem Tuç;

The ones that we could call and ask advice frequently at any time, at any circumstance and at any subject and who never left us unanswered, Gürkan Özel and Dr. Betül Akbuğa;

The ones who provided medicine and medical equipment support to meet all of our needs, Emel Kocakulak, Mine Kurtay, Gül Aksoy;

The ones who made it possible for us to plan our climb with the daily weather reports, Dr. Öznur Oğuz Kuntasal, Prof. Gürdal Tuncel, The Numerical Estimation Director of Meteorological Service Fatih Büyükkasabbaşı and with his informing messages, Prof. Ahmet Cemal Saydam;

The one who has a great support in the provision and the continuity of our energy supplies, Vedat Gün;

Ankara Mountaineering City Agent who saved our team and the expedition from being disembodied and helped it to gain a national status, Mehmet Somuncu;

The one who played the mediator role for the university to accept the team composed of METU athletes and for it to include the expedition within the 50th anniversary activities of METU, Prof. Bilgehan Ögel;

The places that we worked in, which had significant importance in preparing for the climb, the ones who are working at the METU Sports Centre, the sports director Şahin Oğuz and the other employees;

The ones who helped us in the production of the head cameras which are the most important equipments for the documentary film, Hasan Gergin ve Erol Bey;

The one who provided the sound equipments which are again one of the indispensable equipments of the documentary film takes and who informed us about the sound techniques, İsmail Karadaş;

And certainly you, the owners of the webpage, who followed us day by day and who were always with us no matter what happened;

Thank to all of you, fortunately we have you, otherwise the Chomolungma would not give permission to us!

May 24th, 2006

Advanced Base Camp

Hurray, now it’s my turn to get happy, because the team has come back to the camp safely. I couldn’t get happy while reading your congratulation, happiness messages out of stress. But now, for the first time after a long time, I cried out of happiness, when welcoming our friends.  

The team has reached Camp 1, the North Col. Their speed is very good, we expect them to reach the Advanced Base Camp in several hours. In a while, Elif and Soner will leave to escort the team.

The team is past Camp 2, they’re continuing their descend. They’re moving together, they’re in a very good condition. The weather is clear and quite, but there are clouds in patches.

The whole team has arrived at Camp 3. They started their descend after resting here shortly. The plan is to continue the descend until the advanced base camp today. However, the weather conditions and their tiredness will determine it. The weather is clear and quite but it started to get cloudy in patches. 

Our team made the peak! All of the team members with 3 Sherpas have reached the summit by the time of 5AM. Now, we are waiting for them to return safely. It is too early to be happy. We are deliberate yet. We will try to inform you, as our friends, descent to lower camps. The weather is clear and calm.

Hakan Kocakulak

May 23rd, 2006

Advanced Base Camp

The team started to climb for the summit around 21:15. We'll try to inform you as there is any progress. I wish strength to our team and to us.

What is it that stays on the branch but not in the hand: A bird?

The team has reached to the camp 3 by the time of 3PM. They are planning to depart for the summit at 9PM in the evening. Until this time, they will try to gain the fluid that they have lost and will rest. The weather is clear however there is wind. According to the weather reports the wind will decrease its power tonight and tomorrow morning. I hope the weather would come true as is forecasted.

Hakan Kocakulak

May 22nd, 2006
Advanced Base Camp

The team departed for camp 2 this morning, around 10AM. A while ago, around 6PM we had a talk with them via walkie-talkie. Their voices were very thick and strong.  They arrived to camp 2 as the whole team. They are resting for tomorrow because tomorrow will be a long day. They will first go to the camp 3 at 8300 meters and then will start to climb for the summit.

Two of the sherpas went with the team yesterday, today we sent two more sherpas. The group went before checked the oxygen bottles that were above. Of course, they were stolen. So, this morning, we walked around the camps, bought oxygen bottles and sent them with the sherpas went today.

Towards the ends of the expedition, the food is getting worse. However, Elif made our chief to cook a roasted meat with egg for the lunch. We almost ate the plates. We are longing for the food of Turkey. All the conversations are somehow ending with food stories and recipes.

May 21st, 2006
Advanced Base Camp

Our team of 6 people, Serhan, Burçak, Meltem, Suna, Mustafa and Bora has departed for the North Col for the second and the last trial, this morning. Soner, Elif, Mustafa (Temiztaş) and I gave our friends a hug and saw them off. We learned that they arrived to the camp following the conversation we had via walkie-talkie towards the evening. They are now resting at the camp and preparing for tomorrow. They will depart for the camp 2 at 7800 meters tomorrow morning at 8AM.

Hakan Kocakulak

May 19th, 2006
Advanced Base Camp

ImageWhile coming here, we talked a lot about the difficult relationships of the base camp life of high altitude mountaineering. We mentioned about some large and small quarrels in between the different camps and nations. As obstinacy with all what we have said, we established some excellent friendships! We met some amazing people. We had friends ‘like us’. We had Brazilian, Norwegian, Swedish sincere friends who were giving information and sharing even without being asked for. In a very short period of time at the base camp, we formed a relationship with some of them that we shared a lot. We liked them a lot and got closer.

Yesterday, we lost our Tomas from Sweden in an unlucky accident happened on his way down from the summit.

And today, we learned that our Brazilian Vitor, who almost became a member of our team, got sick at 8600 meters and has perished at the time he was descended to 8300 meters.

Here, is a very different mountain, a very different place. We appreciate the ones who stand here all alone.

Thanks that we are together.

Mustafa, Suna and Meltem departed from the Base Camp; today they will stay at the middle camp and be here tomorrow. We will again be crowd. It will be very good. Serkan is below with Rodrigo who is the friend of Vitor and will accompany him to come above according to his plan. We came across with a very good opportunity from the base camp and found a place for one person in a vehicle that rarely goes directly to Kathmandu. For this reason, we separated Haldun from Serkan and sent him to Kathmandu to put the things about our approaching return on the track.

Tomorrow we are hoping to clarify the date of our second trial for the summit. We are making use of all our weather condition channels for this purpose. We hope the date that Burçak, Meltem, Suna, Mustafa, Bora and Serhan with three Sherpas who we could persuade will depart, will be determined by tomorrow.

May 18th, 2006
Advanced Base Camp

ImageAfter our first summit climb, we came to life, we came to ourselves. Presently, the summiters Serkan and Haldun have started descending to the base camp. Haldun will go back down to Katmandu to rest and get well. Serkan is going to wait for the team at the base camp. Soner and Elif are going to wait at the advanced base camp during the second attempt. Serhan, Bora and Burçak are going to spend their resting days at the advanced camp. Meltem, Suna and Mustafa are going to leave the base camp for the advanced camp on May, 20th. That’s the current situation of the team.

For the second attempt, there were many other things we had to deal with expect the plan of getting the team together. The most important, our Sherpas didn’t accept going to the summit for the second time! For around one and a half day, we looked for Sherpas for us by seeing other expedition teams around, negotiating and bargaining with them. Finally as we had agreed with another team’s Sherpas, our Sherpas said that they were re-considering our offer and said they would like to talk to us. Finally, we agreed with the Sherpas Lakpha, Lakhpa and Lama from our old Sherpas team. Our problems didn’t finish with that. When we started to work out the calculations on the oxygen bottles, we found out that we didn’t have enough bottles left for the summit! Therefore, we once again had to ask to the other expeditions for spare oxygen bottles. With a little bit of bargaining we got over this too! For the last two days, neither our mountaineering techniques, nor our sportsmanship, nor our team spirit, nor anything else, only our negotiation skills guaranteed the continuation of our climb!!!

In conclusion, the necessary adjustments for the climb for completed. We plan to get together on the May 20th as team second climbing team which consists of 6 people at the advanced base camp and we plan to start our second attempt on the May 21th. The weather forecast reports give a good weather window for the dates May 24th and May 25th. Surely it’s early for the final plan, but it seems like we’re gonna aim at the top of the worlds after  or 7 days.

<< Start < Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next > End >>

Results 1 - 10 of 58

All rights reserved, © 2006 - Turkish Everest Northside Expedition