They hoped their example would inspire young folks to get outdoors. But the crossing wasn’t as simple as they’d hoped. “The conditions here are far beyond anything we could have expected,” Ozturk wrote on Facebook during the expedition. “And when storms like these blow sleeting wet snow and soak even our outer Gortex [sic] layers, survival becomes so critical that the quality of shooting seems futile.”
Then a storm of biting media reports—focusing mainly on the young men needing rescue on three separate occasions—brought about a public shaming that culminated in death threats against the team.
Here’s a look at the expedition, and where and when it went wrong.