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 The 2001 Ararat Peace Climb

South Side of Ararat; The Expedition will go to the North Side.

Hello EverestNews.com readers !

It is 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 a sea.

Ararat 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 afternoon clouds.

Eastern Turkey is much different - more traditional in many ways.  We are near the borders of Iran and Armenia now.

We completed 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.

The 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.

This 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 the unknown.

Best regards, David 

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