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 The 2001 Ararat Peace Climb

RICARDO TORRES-NAVA

Hello EverestNews.com, [this message was written to us, but we wanted to share it with You :) ]

This will be my last mail from Turkey. I was the first one arriving and the last one to leave.  Tomorrow I will be flying back home ready to close my training so I will attempt a World Record of Guinness in high altitude scuba diving at Licancabur's lagoon next November.

Licancabur is located in the northern tip of Chile, south of Peru and Bolivia , in the very dry Antofagasta region and the lagoon is 6000 meter height. It will be as dry as Ararat, no water either plus carrying the aqualungs.

I know Nasuh is also leaving tomorrow but for China. He will attempt Mustag Towers. What a great climber he is!

I was impress by all them. It was a thrill to finally meet David Keaton. It was quite a bizarre coincidence that we both wrote the chapter for Aconcagua in the book Seven Summits published by Steve Bell.

So many things in common .... how Mount Ararat bringing us together. Swee is a superb athlete and an incredible person. So easy to be with and Tunc was so kind and humble all the time in spite of all his great achievements. 

What can I say of my brother Marcelo, nothing seems to be enough. He was my inspiration when I climbed Everest as he was the first Latin American to summit an eight thousand meter peak (Broad Peak) in 1984. And Fernando, Fercho was also a delight to know.

I spend long hours taking to all them and  the memories we all seven now share will be the jewel of the crown of this great experience.

Normally people ask me, as they probably do with all mountain climbers, why do men climb and to offer a logical explanation I always quote George Mallory the Galahad of Everest with his immortal apparently illogical phrase. "Because the mountain is there".

Sometimes the mountain is there to prove you are number one, for the pure ego trip.

Others for financial reasons and pressures of your sponsors, others to enjoy nature and God's work but this is the first time that the mountain has been there for a charitable and worthy cause beyond my personal achievements.

I love the feeling of have been of some help promoting this cause and I will climb with this lot anytime anywhere for any other organization that may need us.

So EverestNews.com, Thanks so much for making me feel not only alive I that wonderful untouched face of Ararat and having the chance to open a new route which is rare these days but overall for allowing me to help some people that have not had all the advantages we did.

For us tzedaka, wrongly translated as charity, in fact means "justice" so we can all have the same through those who had got more. I feel great as a Jew, being able to make this Mitzvah, duty, to do tzedaka, to give to others something I have and can be useful to a cause, this ability the Creator gave me to climb mountains so I can be closer to him and my fellow men.

God bless you and please call me any time!

Shalom

RICARDO TORRES-NAVA

This climb has genuinely touched ALL of these climbers. Don't we wish Everest was climbed this way !!! We hope it has touched You. More to come. To support this vision of peace, please make a donation, via SHIVA charity. You can make a credit card donation by clicking HERE.

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