you ever thought that your impossible dream
might come true? My dream was to stand on the
summit of the highest mountain in the world,
and I was determined it should not go unfulfilled.
After a long search for a sponsor, the Meteksan
Sistem company agreed to support my project
entitled The Highest Peaks in Turkey, Europe
and the World. That is how my adventures began.
My objective was to reach the summits of the
5137 metre Ağrı Dağı (Mount Ararat) in Turkey,
the 4807 metre Mont Blanc in the Alps, and the
8850 metre Mount Everest in the Himalayas in
a single year. I commenced preparations in January
for the ascent of Ağrı Dağı, and set out on
a freezing February day, accompanied by fellow
mountaineer Efecan Aytemiz. From the town of
Doğubeyazıt near the Iranian border, the great
mass of Ağrı Dağı was clearly visible, casting
its surroundings into insignificance. On a cold
but cloudless sunny day we hiked to a mountain
pasture at 2800 metres where we were to make
our first camp.