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 The 2001 Ararat Peace Climb

Khoo Swee Chiow: 2001 Ararat Peace Climb member

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

The team will be journeying to the northside of the mountain today.  We will visit a salt cave and then a bazaar in order to obtain our final food provisions and fuel.  

Dogubayazit already has a frontier like quality to it but we are now about to go further afield.

We have had rain the past few days and some snow accumulation up high on the mountain. Tomorrow we will trek toward base camp on the north - our final ascent line will be determined after we arrive on the other side, as none of the Turkish climbers have ever seen the mountain from that aspect.  A true adventure for every one of us.

The Columbians and additional AKUT climbers will meet up with us tomorrow. There has been some discussion of a traverse of the mountain with some of the AKUT team ascending from the south but nothing definite yet. 

We have got an experienced and very positive team here and we are all very happy to be working together on this project.

We made a presentation to an international group of exchange students in town yesterday and enjoyed sharing the mountain experience with each other and the group.  As climbers we share many common experiences which often translates to a language of commonality. As Ricardo so nicely expressed to the group yesterday - climbing is about conquering oneself - to grow - to learn - to become more patient, and to love.

Best regards, David Keaton

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