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 The 2001 Ararat Peace Climb

Marcelo Arbelaez: 2001 Ararat Peace Climb member on the Summit of Everest

Update 7/24/2001 from David Keaton

Hello EverestNews.com/HolylandExpeditions.com's readers !

All roads lead to Igdir

The Spanish climbers (Columbians) have arrived today, Marcello and Fernando. Ricardo was with Marcello in 1984 on Broad Peak when Marcello became the first Latin America to summit an 8000er.

In the morning the military escort showed us an ancient pre-ottoman site on the northern flank of the mountain - about 6000 feet. Between large blocks of fallen stone and high grass where a number of large headstones with crucifixes on them. The site is probably more than 1500 years old.  It is unlikely that many westerners have ever viewed this site before ... we never would have found it on our own.

In the afternoon we drove and then hiked up to Kup lake at 11,500 feet on the mountain - just about snowline.  It is spectacular up there - the west face glacier direct is probably unclimbed - we then traversed around the mountain and descended 7 miles and four thousand five hundred feet in about 2 and a half hours the last hour escorted by total darkness and the barking of dogs from Kurdish wanderers.

We slept quickly then prepared to move around further to the northeast side of the peak.  We will probably establish camp one tomorrow which will be a 6000 foot ascent then perhaps summit the following day - we will see...out for now.

David 

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