How can I reach Dennis Mehmet -if possible?

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BurakOzdogan

Trad climber
Prague, Czech Republic
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 3, 2017 - 08:09am PT
Hi,

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.

Thanks and kind Regards,
Burak Ozdogan
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Oct 3, 2017 - 08:15am PT
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.

Alan Rubin
BurakOzdogan

Trad climber
Prague, Czech Republic
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2017 - 08:53am PT
Hi Alan,

Thanks a lot for your reply.

Pity his track is lost somehow.

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.

Thanks,
Burak
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Oct 3, 2017 - 09:50am PT
Sure Burak, I'll be happy to 'talk' with you by email about those guys. Try to reach me through the 'contact' application on supertopo. If that doesn't work we'll try something else. Alan
BurakOzdogan

Trad climber
Prague, Czech Republic
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2017 - 12:26am PT
Hi Alan,

I tried to send you a message via the app. Hope you get it.

Thanks a lot!
Burak
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Oct 4, 2017 - 12:44am PT
Alan & Burak, the ST messaging function hasn't worked for the last year or two. One of you needs to post an email address for the other to send to.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Oct 4, 2017 - 10:55am PT
This is certainly NOT off-topic. This sort of effort to connect represents one of the best functions of this website, IMHO
BurakOzdogan

Trad climber
Prague, Czech Republic
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 6, 2017 - 03:51am PT
Thank you...

I was hoping maybe I could find a track of Dennis Mehmet, if I could find William Goldner, with whom they did some first ascents.

However, I sadly found out that Mr.Goldner also passed away in 2006:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=william-c-goldner&pid=17629796

Maybe if I could reach his sister, she may know more about what happened to Dennis Mehmet...

Still trying...
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