By Asem Mustafa Awan
ISLAMABAD — Tunc Findik 45 from Turkey returned to Islamabad after successfully hoisting Turkish flag on Broad Peak summit on July 27.
He has three peaks remaining from the 14 8000er meter peaks.
In his exclusive talks with Capital Times the 45 year old Turk said, “The hardest of climbs I have done were Dhaulagiri in Nepal and K-2 in Pakistan. Easy is not the way to define a mountain. It’s in either difficult or more technical, weather plays the key role and 8000 meter is no joke.”
However he added smilingly, “The climb can be easy when there are loads of High Altitude Sherpas and supplementary oxygen.”
Tunc Fendik has Nanga Parbat, Annapurna and Gasherbrum I remaining from his quest for Himalayan Crown.
The first two he has planned to climb next year and Gasherbrum I the year after. Tunc attempted Nanga Parbat in 2013 and was at Camp 2 when the massacre at base camp happened.
Tunc was member of the multinational team led by Oscar Cadiach from Catalonia, Spain comprising climbers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Two Pakistani high altitude porters also made the summit with Tunc and they were Ali from Sadpara and Muhammad Yousaf.
Answering a query he said, “This season few climbers made it to False Summit of Broad Peak and turned back while Summit is a long walk ahead.
The two Americans Matt and Simon climbing Broad Peak turned back from 7500 as it was their first 8000er. They are very good climbers but they had experience of climbing 6000 meters and above and it was their first time on an 8000er.”
He said, “The climb in total from Camp 3 to Summit and back to Camp 3 is of 22 hours beginning 7:15 pm summit 10:20 am and back to camp 3 between 5 to 6:00 pm on July 27.
“The Austrian team fixed ropes on Broad Peak,” said Tunc adding, “Thirteen climbers from different teams made the summit on July 27.”