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Project Everest

ACTECON is excited to lend its support to Tunc Findik as he embarks on his journey to conquer Mount Everest. Findik, a celebrated alpinist and the 49th individual to achieve the remarkable feat of summiting all 14 of the world's highest peaks, now sets his sights on the ultimate challenge: scaling Mount Everest without the aid of supplementary oxygen. Throughout his career, Findik has relied on the traits of commitment, dedication, perfectionism, and effective communication – principles that resonate deeply with ACTECON's own ethos of success. Expertise and hard work combined make even the loftiest goals attainable. While admiring Findik’s physical feat, our genuine enthusiasm for the project is rooted in the oxygen challenge and the underlying motivation:

Research shows that surface temperatures rose by 1.1°C between 2011 and 2020. This warming trend poses a confluence of threats, including the decline of water and oxygen levels, which are essential for sustaining life across the planet. If the warming persists, about 18% of all species on land may face a risk of going extinct.

Clearly, oxygen plays a critical role in sustaining life, facilitating the breakdown of food to generate the energy we need. While at sea level our blood is 98% saturated with oxygen, this reaches as low as 40% on the summit of Everest. This is why alpinists use oxygen while scaling the heights, as Findik did on his two previous Everest summits.

Throughout his career, Findik has witnessed firsthand the profound impacts of global warming, particularly on glaciers, mountain ecosystems, and vegetation. He also has observed the gradual destabilization of weather patterns. These experiences have motivated him to act on climate change.

To emphasize the vital role of water and oxygen for all living beings, Findik has decided to climb Everest this time without oxygen support. As caretakers of the planet, it's our responsibility to combat global warming. So, Findik's challenge calls for both individual and collective action. By embracing sustainable practices in both business and personal decisions, we can contribute to slowing down global warming and mitigating its impacts. ACTECON is honoured to stand beside alpinist Tunc Findik on this inspiring journey to Mount Everest – a challenge that stresses a shared responsibility to safeguard our planet for future generations.

The ascent began in early April. We will share regular updates along the way.

 


PROJECT EVEREST DIARIES

16.05.2024 / Climbing Everest is difficult or not? For a non-climber or novice, this is the verge of impossibility. For an experienced alpinist of course it is much more easier. But overall, it is NOT easy anyway, and offers many serious risks as any 8000m+ peak would. One has to deal with extreme altitude (even with supplementary oxygen, this is always tough), objective hazards (like crossing khumbu icefall, crevasses, avalanches, ice slopes), extreme weather and in this age, dangerous crowds of unexperienced, unconscious commercial novices. One needs a lot of luck and to create his own luck by taking true decisions, too. This is still one great mountain, though in this age of commerciality and huge logistics, a simpler and short-term undertaking for the well-prepared and experienced alpinist. With @actecon to the summit!

 

14.05.2024 / Two Grivel team alpinists before the climbing starts, at the Base Camp Everest. My bro @silvestrofranchini will be attempting Lhotse (8516m) and me Everest, it will be my 3rd time on this lofty summit. Well shortly, some teams tried and summitted in the marginal early windows of Everest- extreme cold, no view at top, lot of unnecessary and complicated epics..the rescue ops still continuing as of today..! The obviously better standart climbing window for Everest that we patiently waited is now so near, around the week of 20th may. Soon with my bro @everestsummiter Wongchu Sherpa we will start for final summit attempt. Unfortunately, my now-long standing upper respiratory sickness and deep cough had to be cured by antibiotic and I decided to no longer attempt Everest without oxygen support in this scenario. Will have to climb in standart method of using oxygen for my health, which is not too bad:-) With @actecon to the summit!

12.05.2024 / Yes, a good rest and recovery at the Everest base camp, waiting for the better summit conditions of around 20th may. All seems fine for the time being & I am getting fast better everyday from the upper respiratory ailment I got got for some time.. It is easy to be dispirited by the long waiting and boredom but here lies the trick: living day by day in this unique place as a short time visitor is so wonderful, and despite every breathe you take on your lungs makes you dizzy with hypoxia, there is no better place to be for me right now. This feeling is to be sorely missed when you migrate back to sea level... With all my regards to friends and followers! With @actecon to the summit of Everest!

 

 

 

10.05.2024 / Typical Everest, typical Khumbu icefall! Unstable blue ice towers ready to fall & crush on you, bottomless crevasses crossed with shaky ladders, cramponing among huge pieces of blue ice blocks.. nevertheless, an incredibly beautiful and wild piece of nature [that could be overcome only due to the courageous, everyday work of "icefall doctors", real heroes of Everest that maintain the route]. On this mini acclimatisation trip, we touched almost 7000m and now resting, repairing ourselves back at base camp! With @actecon even higher!

06.05.2024 / A panoramic westerly view of Everest Massif from Pumori advanced base camp, around 5600m, with Khumbu icefall, Western CWM glacier and Lhotse ice face [old image]. In coming week to start the final acclimatization cycle to camp 2 6400m and camp 3 7300m, if all goes well. The notorious Khumbu icefall now not so complicated, but seems long and mountain conditions seem really dry and icy everywhere. Fortunately these days a little amount of snowfall around here is expected. Well, I start without any rush.. With @actecon to new altitudes!

 

03.05.2024 / Finally arrived at Everest Base Camp as of today, may 3, after a long phase of trekking and climbing 5000-6000m+ peaks in the beautiful Khumbu region. Soon my last phase of acclimatisation on Everest herself will start, and last part of may, with favorable conditions presiding, I shall attempt this great mountain without use of oxygen. Of course, not forgetting our theme of Climate Change- here there are so many issues to be addressed. The abnormally dry winter, without any snowfall has created adverse climbing conditions on most of the peaks I have recently been. With ACTECON to further elevations! Best wishes to all from the wonderful mountains of Himalaya!

29.04.2024 / With ACTECON to higher altitudes! In a few days to Everest base camp, now that I am fully acclimatised for 6000m altitudes, which was what I aimed. Moving on!

27.04.2024 / Tried summit attempt Amadablam this early morning but due to extremely powerful wind from west [60km/h minus 35c temp], had to abort our ascent with my bro @everestsummiter Wongchu Sherpa bro from 6200m, top of grey tower. Well, a good decision is a good decision and the mountain has decided for us. Anyway we spent beautiful three days at 6000m, the aim or excellent acclimatisation now gained.. Soon to Everest BC we will start. With @actecon to new altitudes!

25.04.2024 / Best wishes to all from the heart of Himalaya, Everest region, Khumbu valley. Time is running fast and april is already at an end. Rather soon we will be ascending the beautiful spire of Amadablam [6856m] as the second step of my acclimatisation program for climbing Everest without oxygen, with my bro Wongchu Sherpa @everestsummiter Then by the first days of may, we will reach Everest BC, after which we plan to do one prominent rotation up to sleep at c4 7400m and touch c4 8000m at south col on Everest. Summit at Everest generally happens last week of may. Meanwhile, all seems to go well. With @actecon towards the top!

24.04.2024 / Best wishes to all from Khumbu, heart of the Nepal Himalayas! Soon to start climbing the beautiful Amadablam [6856m] for acclimatization purposes, prior to climbing Mt.Everest no-02 attempt in late may. With the kind sponsorship of ACTECON

23.04.2024 / Five years ago today, I was at the summit of Annapurna 1 [8091m], 23rd april 2019. One of the most dangerous 8000'ers, it took me 3 expeditions, 2012, 2016 and 2019, to finally summit this peak safely- and descend in one piece

 

 

 

 

 

22.04.2024 / Climbing an 8000 meter Himalayan peak is a huge adventure. My attempt on Mt.Everest without supplementary oxygen has already taken a start with the kind support of ACTECON and currently I am acclimatising to high altitudes by climbing some 6000 & 7000m peaks of Himalaya, nearby Mt.Everest. Image from the summit of Mt.Makalu 8463m, year 2010.

 

 

 

21.04.2024 / An image from 8000m altitude, Everest 2007, preparing for ascent from high camp. Everyone asks, how hard is climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen? It is very hard, because the oxygen level at 8848m [29.000 feet] is one third of sea level. But no worries, I have good altitude experience and out of 14 8000m peaks, climbed 9 without oxygen. Of course one needs to be rather lucky with weather and mountain conditions when you consider climbing Everest, and mountain decides. Possible with the kind sponsorship of ACTECON

 

17.04.2024 / Climbing an 8000 meter Himalayan peak is a huge adventure. My attempt on Mt.Everest without supplementary oxygen has already taken a start with the kind support of ACTECON and currently I am acclimatising to high altitudes by climbing some 6000 & 7000m peaks of Himalaya, nearby Mt.Everest. Image from the summit of Mt.Makalu 8463m, year 2010. 

14.04.2024 / My daily altitude training, this time up to Kalakpha Peak [5300m] above Macchermo. Incredible views of Mt.Everest and other mountains of the Khumbu valley and Gokyo area. Upwards, ever upwards with ACTECON !

 

 

10.04.2024 / Best regards from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal! Here I am, making the final preparations for climbing Everest [8848m], the loftiest mountain of the world, and probably most well known peak anywhere. Climbing permits, missing equipment, last minute arrangements are made here in this town. Soon I will start by some trekking in Himalaya around 3500 to 4500m altitudes, with some 5000m+ mountains, followed by 6000m+ and 7000m peaks for acclimatisation to altitude, in Khumbu valley of Everest region. And in May, Everest herself. Here we go! Great thanks to my sponsor ACTECON for this dream of Everest No-O2 to happen..

 

08.04.2024 / Everest and Lhotse viewed from the air.
My Everest expedition has started as we are now slowly moving into the heart of Himalaya, the first and most important thing to do is to acclimatise well to the altitudes. Thus, after a long trekking in Gojyo valley involving some 5000m+ peaks and passes along the way, will climb Island Peak [6189m] for acclimatisation. After that, I will be climbing the reputedly most beautiful mountain of the world, the Amadablam [6856m]. Finally, in may, my attempt to climb Everest without oxygen will come, with the valuable sponsorship of ACTECON !

 

07.04.2024 / A grand panaroma of the wonderful Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse massif from 6300m, during my winter ascent of nearby Pumori [7161m] on a clear, extremely windy and cold evening, march 2005. Tomorrow starts my no-O2 attempt on the great mountain, with the kind support of ACTECON and this will be two month effort. This project has always been in my mind, and I know it will be the hardest thing I will attempt in my life. Meanwhile, we will humbly try to create some awareness about climate change issues, which in turn affects water issues of our planet, by my attempt to climb Everest without oxygen support. Ultimately enthusiastic about this..!

01.04.2024 / With ACTECON to the top! Soon, 1st april starts my Himalaya trip, with the aim of attempting good old Mt.Everest without the use of supplementary oxygen. Everything is ready as it can be. Naturally, the mountains have the final say over the matter! Whatever the outcome, we will climb this peak as one...very enthusiastic about this!