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September 20, 2010


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David Lim

HIya Jake! I tool had similar dreams in 1989 that were put on ice when the PKK troubles flared up in Eastern Turkey So, I just visited the town at its base in 1990 as a backpacker. BUt I did go back in 2001 as one of the first foreign groups to make an ascent of Buyuk Agri ( Ararat's main summit). We even had cellular connection up there - straight line of sigt to Dogubayazit. See http:// www.everest.org.sg and scroll down the left hand menu to the 2001 Ararat climb.

There's not much water at the grassy 3900m camp at the edge of the moraine and it needs to be fetched from a distance away. The 4400m camp is bone dry but lots of campsites flattened out by the massed Turkish teams that climb in packs of 50 or more sometimes.

Happy trails!

Jake Norton

Hi David,

Yes, great to finally get here after all these years. And, small world
- I'm working with Anatolian Adventures here, and Sinan says hello!

Hope all is well with you. Climbed Artos yesterday, and start up
Ararat tomorrow. Should be fun.

Hope to see you soon,


David Lim

Haha - small world. SInan was on a large international ' friendship' climb in 1999 where he met Rozani, and then we paid a courtesy call on him en route to the Tien SHan in 2000 - which of course led to our 2001 climb where we guided several SIngaporean clients to the top of Ararat. I havent seen him since 2004 though...

More pictures dude - when you have the time!

I've been busy in France and currently in Taipei - all speaking assignments

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