There are 14 summits of the mountains in the world that are above 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) altitude. All 14 of these peaks were summited for the first time between 1950 and 1964. The first 8,000 meter peak to be successfully scaled was Annapurna, which was successed by a French team on 3 June 1950. Until today national mountaineer Tunç Fındık achieved climbing 10 of them. Sponsored by İGA he will attempt to take on the remaining eight-thousanders around the world, carrying the flag of Turkey and İGA to the peak.
Tunç Fındık was active in Turkey Mountaineering Federation and AKUT Search and Rescue Association. As a licensed climber, he met with İGA while continuing his career. Poised to take Turkey to the top of civil aviation, İstanbul New Airport – İGA became the main sponsor of professional climber Tunç Fındık. He is the first Turkish mountaineer to reach the summit of Everest twice, and the one with the most eight-thousanders conquered so far. Fındık also gets ready to become the first Turkish mountaineer to make two ascents to over 8,000 meters in a single season climbing the 8,047-meter Broad Peak in Pakistan in May this year and the 8,068-meter Gasherbrum1 in July, taking the İGA flag with him. He will complete his 14x8,000 tour by climbing the 8,091-meter Annapurna in Nepal in April and May 2018, and afterwards the 8,125-meter Nanga Parbat in Pakistan in July.
Hüseyin Keskin, CEO of İGA Airport Operation, expressed the company’s pride in the mountaineer’s achievements. “When completed, our airport will be the world’s biggest airport built from scratch, and carry the name of Turkey to the top of civil aviation. In this regard, we share the dream of Tunç Fındık, who makes us proud with his inspiring story. As part of our common dream, we are delighted to be supporting him as he endeavors to become the first Turkish athlete to climb the highest summits in the world.”
“I have always set my eyes on the top, and aimed to show the world what a Turkish mountaineer can do”, says Tunç Fındık. “When I met with the İstanbul New Airports, it was a source of great pride to see them share my excitement. I wish to become the first Turkish athlete to complete 14x8000, drawing strength from the project that will successfully represent Turkey, and take the country’s name to the top.”