There is the old adage said among mountain climbers when asked why they risk their lives to climb grand peaks: “Because it is there”. It seems that answer really is the subconscious driving force in most humans, to answer that call to accomplish something that simply “was there” and moved them to action.
Remember when you were a small child playing in some setting where there was a tall hill? Whether it was a large dirt-pile at a construction site or a natural slope that was formed naturally by the earth, the odds are that you climbed that hill. Sweating and breathing heavy, remember that feeling when you got to the peak and stared down at everything below, that feeling of accomplishment, solitude, and peacefulness?
With that being said, Mountain climbing has become one of the most talked about and followed activities for the professional and amateurs alike. When Sir Edmund Hillary became the first Man to summit on Everest in 1953, Mountain Climbing became a source of national pride for England and a world-wide phenomenon was born. Since than, countless books, movies, documentaries, and companies have came into existence to fuel this global obsession with Mountain Climbing.
There is one site on the Internet that has fast become the pre-eminent place to get virtually almost any kind of information on Mountain climbing, EverestNews.com
Whether you are just fascinated with the exploits of Mountain climbers, are a amateur climber, expert climber, or even a skier, EverestNews.com is the only place you will need to go. To follow is a sample of one of the regular stories that will be updated on Everest News
Pakistan 2002 Peace Climb:
The Everest Peace Mountaineers will go to Pakistan this summer
to climb as a symbol to the world that “we all can get along”. This
international team of mountaineers, which contains Muslims, Christians, and
Jew, will symbolize the countries of the world coming together to climb
Gasherbrum II (G2). This mountain while being one of the 14 largest in
world, is only a few miles from the disputed area where Pakistan and India
are at war.
PEACE AMIDST WAR: “The International Everest Team has decided to come
together again to help deliver a message of peace to the world. There is no
better place to do this than a country that has been war torn and is still
struggling with conflicts – Pakistan. Besides being a messenger for peace,
the team will raise funds by doing what the members love most – climb a
mountain. The world has suffered tremendous conflicts. The problems in
politics, economy, culture and environment cannot be solved by a group of
climbers simply coming together alone with a common goal for peace, but we
must do our best and never give up hope on peace.
“I personally believe, we as climbers have a great potential to deliver a
message of peace in this troubled time, either to our own fellow countrymen
or worldwide. And definitely, whatever we do together as “The International
Everest Team”, we have the tremendous potential to be the platform.
Singapore, being so small, is experiencing the repercussion of recent global
events. The impact is deep. We are now in the worst recession in 20 years. I
find myself in a useful role – encouraging people around me not to be too
pessimistic.”, states Khoo Swee Chiow
About 4 weeks ago the mountaineers from the 2001 Peace Climb decided, war or
no war in Afghanistan, to go to Pakistan to climb in 2002. The core team
from the 2001 Peace Climb, Nasuh Mahruki, David Keaton, Swee Chiow; Ricardo
Torres-Nava, Fernando Gonzales Rubio, Tunc Findik and Marcelo Arbelaez are
expected to be joined by other mountaineers in this climb as a symbol to the
world that “we all can get along”. This international team of mountaineers,
which contains Muslims, Christians, and Jew, will symbolize the countries of
the world coming together to climb Gasherbrum II one of the 14 highest peaks
in the world.
The Mountaineers will represent the best climbers in the world today.
Several of the mountaineers will have several Summits of the 14 8000 meter
peaks, all will be Everest Summiters. They will speak different languages,
be of different races, and have different religions, and all joining
together for a good cause. This spirit of adventure and cooperation in this
effort to promote peace and support worthy causes comes at a critical time
for Pakistan as many climbers have cancelled their plans to climb in
Pakistan in 2002. Follow along as these men where few have gone before on an
expedition that will certainly be remembered for a very long time.
Ricardo put it this way, “I gave a thought about Pakistan in 2002 and I see
both sides. Yes, Pakistan is always dangerous but at the same token life is
dangerous, mountain climbing is dangerous and we love risks. I have many
good friends on the Baltistan region willing to even give their lives for my
sake. I know the region and the people and I do love the country…. and a
big hug Ricardo
Background: In July of 2001, 7 Everest Summiters headed to Mt. Ararat, the
legendary, Holy mountain. David Keaton, Marcelo Arbelaez, Tunc Findik,
Fernando Gonzales Rubio, Ricardo Torres-Nava, Khoo Swee Chiow, and Nasuh
Mahruki headed to the North side of Ararat not knowing what to expect. They
went like mountaineers decades ago, not knowing the route, not having any
close up pictures of where to climb, not knowing the dangers ahead of them.
The “7” went not to any mountain, but to the legendary Holy mountain where
many believe life began a second time after the great flood.
The team climbed the mountain in alpine style, reaching the Summit together.
It was not an easy climb. Tunc almost lost his life when he had to jump over
a large boulder with lethal intent. The climb would not have been possible
without the Turkish government approval and the Turkish military support.
This climb has genuinely touched ALL of these climbers. We hope it has
touched You. To support this vision of peace, please make a donation, via
Thoughts from Peace climb 2001 from an experienced Everest climber who did
not go on the expedition but discussed the expedition with some of the “7”: “I read all the dispatches and they were quite interesting and it sounds
like it was a great success. For them it was a truly enlighting
experience… Here they are Mt. Everest heroes… In their conference they
are able to transmit the true climbing spirit and the camaraderie between
climbers of different nations, different languages, races and religions and
how together they can overcome the obstacles. There was no competition,
there was no utilizing others equipment without permission, there were no
conspiracies, there was only one team with one objective. I hope one day
future climbers of Mt. Everest can regain that spirit they once had. I
think the Mt. Ararat expedition showed that the spirit of great mountaineers
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