Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 3, 2017 - 08:09am PT
Please accept my apologies if this is off topic.
I have been working on an article that focuses on historical ascents of one of our mountains in Turkey, the Parmakkaya Tower (Finger Tower or DirekTas) which saw its 1st ascent in 1972 by John Waterman and Dennis Mehmet.
I tried to contact Dane Waterman (cousion of John Waterman) with a hope to get some information if possible but I was not successful to reach him.
I know John Waterman has passed away. But I have no clue about Mr.Dennis Mehmet -who was his partner in that ascent.
Unfortunately I do not know if Dennis Mehmet is (and hopefully) still alive; if he is, I would really appreciate if you can advise or help me to reach him or anyone who knows him in person that I could get some information.
Again I apologize if this is an off-topic request.
I climbed with both of them many years ago, but have heard nothing of Dennis's whereabouts in decades. It will be very interesting to see if your enquiry turns up any information.
If my memory is correct, Dennis wrote an essay about this climb which appeared in one of the issues of Ascent in the '70s. Are you familiar with this article? If not, I can see if I can locate it, or maybe one of the more tech-savvy others on this site will be able to scan it in and post it.
Good luck on your search. If you do contact Dennis, please give him my regards.
I have the scanned copy of the article you mean. But it would be really great to reach Dennis Mehmet in person and listen the story from himself. I am sure it must be a great experience as those times climbing was not even a known sport inmy country and the mountains there were really wild and deserted from tourists.
In case to get to know Dennis and John, would you mind if I can ask you few questions also? (May I write you via email)
I would definitely let you know if I can reach him.