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 The 2001 Ararat Peace Climb

What an experience in all senses Ararat has been!  I don't seem to recover myself from all these emotions and surprises.  From Dogubayazit after the youth reunion we left for Igdir at the very border with Armenia.

Very few people has been able to even see this side of Ararat from such a close range, let alone climb it and now here I am having a go!.

We practice really hard for over 4 hours preparing ourselves for what is expecting us ahead, the unknown, because we will actually open a new route.

I have heard that some climbers that had confirmed decided at the last moment not to come but others were on their way. I am not in the business of passing judgment to people, I don't know why the changed their minds but that is also OK to me, this is not compulsory and I respect everybody's decisions.

And even more as the great French mathematician and philosopher Blais Pascal used to say "the heart has reasons that reason can't understand".

So we went into town to pick up two more climbers and  What a surprise! One of them is Marcelo Arbelaez who recently conquered Everest. He has been like a brother to me as he studied in Mexico and we have been friends for ages. He said that he decided to come when he knew I was coming but he kept it under the wraps to give me a surprise... And what a thrill!  He arrived together with another Colombian summiter Fernando Gonzalez and I am sure we all now will have a super team!.

I couldn't be happier!  Life is good to us and God is blessing this project!... Finally I can climb this long cherished Ararat's North Face that has inflamed my imagination ever since I talked to James Irwin about the possibility of Noah's Ark being here and I have met new wonderful friends such as Nasuh and David and my buddies from Colombia are sharing this experience.

I only wish we can fulfill our goal not only of summiting but of collecting lots of money for AKUT, TEGEV and Babu Chiri's School. 

So if you read these lines open your hearts and pockets to our plea.

And maybe, just maybe, as a bonus token, God may grant us the chance to find Noah's Ark....but that is another story...


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