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 David Keaton: Ararat 2001 Peace Climb Member

David Keaton Joins International Peace Climb in Turkey

Mountaineer and adventure photographer, David D. Keaton of Carmel, California will join an international team on the 'Ararat 2001 Peace Climb' in mid-July.  The group of climbers, all Everest summiteers drawn from around the world, will climb the North side of Ararat, an area that in modern history has only rarely been opened to foreigners.

Two climbers from a select few countries have been invited to join the expedition. Conceived in the spirit of international peace and cooperation, the climb of this legendary holy mountain is meant to show that "we all can get along."

The expedition will also raise money for several non-profit organizations including the AKUT Search and Rescue Society of Turkey, the TEGEV educational program of Turkey, and the Nepalese Babu Chiri Sherpa School Fund. Babu Chiri, was the 10 time Everest summiter who also held the speed ascent record of the mountain.  He died last May while climbing Mount Everest in an effort to raise funds to build the first school in his home village.

Keaton is honored to be lending his support to the expedition and working to raise funds for the two educational organizations as well as for AKUT which has been instrumental in helping rescue victims of the recent devastating earthquakes in Turkey and India.

In 1995, Keaton, became the youngest person, at age 29, to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, the so-called 'Seven Summits'.  Keaton will join Turkish-born, Nasuh Mahruki the expedition's leader, who in 1997 supplanted Keaton as the youngest 'Seven Summiter'. Keaton is the fourteenth mountaineer in the world to have completed both versions of the 'Seven Summits'. He is the only person in the world to have climbed both the 'Seven Summits' and all 50 of the U.S. state highpoints.

The expedition will dispatch reports to www.holylandexpeditions.com and to www.everestnews.com, the largest mountaineering web site in the world covering international climbing news. Keaton, whose photographs and articles have appeared in publications as diverse as Rock & Ice, Simon & Schuster, and Business Week, will contribute to the site during the expedition.

Exploring remote areas of the world has become an avocation of Keaton's in recent years. In 1998 he made a number of new climbs in Tajikistan's Muzkol Pamir.  Last summer, he explored the Lindbergh Field mountains of East Greenland, leading the first ascent of Jaetteborg (c.3050 meters), one of the highest virgin peaks above the Arctic Circle. 

To support this vision of peace, please make a donation, via SHIVA charity. You can make a credit card donation by clicking HERE.

For more information on the Peace climb see here.

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