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  • Photo: Grayson Schaffer

    Earlier this month, Grayson Schaffer, who for the past six weeks has been reporting from Everest’s Base Camp, wrote a profile about a 46-year-old Turkish New Yorker named Aydin Irmak and his quixotic attempt to carry his beloved 33-pound, steel-frame singlespeed to the top of the world. For various reasons, including problems with his permits and the fact that Irmak had no mountaineering experience, he wasn’t able to realize that goal. Unbelievably, however, as Schaffer reports at the end of his May 21st dispatch, Irmak did himself make it to the summit with the assistance of his Israeli teammate, Nadev Ben Yehuda.

    Read the Profile on Aydin Irmak

  • Aydin Irmak

    Photo: Grayson Schaffer

    Aydin Irmak

    Irmak after summiting Everest

  • Irmak with his bike

    Photo: Grayson Schaffer

    Irmak with his bike

    Irmak with his bike, which he left behind when summiting

  • Aydin and Nadev

    Photo: Grayson Schaffer

    Aydin and Nadev

    Aydin and Nadev

  • Irmak

    Photo: Grayson Schaffer

    Irmak

    Irmak had hoped to summit Everest with his singlespeed

  • Nadev's swollen fingers

    Photo: Grayson Schaffer

    Nadev's swollen fingers

    Nadev's swollen fingers after the climb

  • Aydin and Nadev fly away

    Photo: Grayson Schaffer

    Aydin and Nadev fly away

    Aydin and Nadev fly away

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