2001 Ararat Peace Climb
Side of Ararat; The Expedition will go to the
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Saturday in Dogubayazit and we are in the shadow of
Ararat. We got our first look yesterday after driving
north from Van along the lake of the same name. The
lake shimmered under the hot midday sun and its placid
waters defied the many local legends of sea monsters
and lost mariners. To the locals it is not a lake but
is impressive even from the south. We are in the dry
season although there is still quite a bit of snow up
high and the permanent ice cap which was obscured by
Turkey is much different - more traditional in many
ways. We are near the borders of Iran and Armenia
another successful dinner last night hosted by local dignitaries
who are helping make this adventure a reality. Without
them this would not be happening. We again experienced
a close encounter with raki the strong national drink.
They call it the, lions milk, for how it makes you
feel. The Singapore climber, Swee,
calls it tequila without the sunrise.
mountain rises more than 11,000 feet above our vantage
point. the city is approximately the same height
as Denver Colorado and nothing is between us and the
base of the mountain.
does seem like an ancient land with biblical ingredients...
crushing earthquakes, explosive volcanoes and the rising
waters of epic floods. Robert Ballard of titanic
fame recently discovered human settlements many 100s
of feet below the surface of the Black Sea to the NW
of Ararat. There is other potential evidence of
flood waters high on the mountain itself. It makes for
some additional interest and a continuing mythology of
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