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 The 2001 Ararat Peace Climb

David Keaton

It is late but I'm running on high octane Turkish coffee.  The city is spectacular with the hilltop mosques lighting up the sky like far off tiki torches.  We had dinner at a traditional Turkish restaurant with plenty of food and music. The local drink which is strong like Greek ouzo. 

Nasuh is back from Ararat and from the rescue attempt which found the climber just below the summit.  They could not save him - its a long haul from Istanbul to the summit of Ararat. Mountains are serious...

Morning finds us at a press conference and a number of other visits are scheduled and tomorrow night is live TV.  Do you get the turkey channel in Ohio? 

We will leave for eastern turkey on Friday Am - the area we will be visiting is very interesting with much history.  It will be very interesting... 

Nasuh's Ararat rescue efforts made the front page of the Istanbul Daily yesterday.  We saw the update on the site.  AKUT and Nasuh must be commended for a huge effort in trying to save that fellow.  More soon

Oh, Riccardo has a strong interest in some of the mountain legends - He is a good guy! 

Cell phones work on the mountain so you should hear from us regularly.

Best, David Keaton

Mountaineer and adventure photographer, David D. Keaton of Carmel, California has joined an international team on the 'Ararat 2001 Peace Climb'. The group of climbers, all Everest summiteers drawn from around the world, will climb the North side of Ararat, an area that in modern history has only rarely been opened to foreigners.

The expedition will also raise money for several non-profit organizations including the AKUT Search and Rescue Society of Turkey, the TEGEV educational program of Turkey, and the Nepalese Babu Chiri Sherpa School Fund.  Babu Chiri, was the 10 time Everest summiter who also held the speed ascent record of the mountain.  He died last May while climbing Mount Everest in an effort to raise funds to build the first school in his home village.

Keaton, who is the Development Director at All Saints Day School in Carmel Valley, is honored to be lending his support to the expedition and working to raise funds for the two educational organizations as well as for AKUT which has been instrumental in helping rescue victims of the recent devastating earthquakes in Turkey and India.

In 1995, Keaton, became the youngest person, at age 29, to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, the so-called 'Seven Summits'.  Keaton will join Turkish-born, Nasuh Mahruki the expedition's leader, who in 1997 supplanted Keaton as the youngest 'Seven Summiter'. Keaton is the fourteenth mountaineer in the world to have completed both versions of the 'Seven Summits'. He is the only person in the world to have climbed both the 'Seven Summits' and all 50 of the U.S. state highpoints.

The expedition will dispatch reports to www.holylandexpeditions.com and to www.everestnews.com, the largest mountaineering web site in the world covering international climbing news. Keaton, whose photographs and articles have appeared in publications as diverse as Rock & Ice, Simon & Schuster, and Business Week, will contribute to the site during the expedition.

Exploring remote areas of the world has become an avocation of Keaton's in recent years. In 1998 he made a number of new climbs in Tajikistan's Muzkol Pamir.  Last summer, he explored the Lindbergh Field mountains of East Greenland, leading the first ascent of Jaetteborg (c.3050 meters), one of the highest virgin peaks above the Arctic Circle. 

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