"The Grand Abai" Couloir, Kazakhstan

Crestone Needle, Colorado, USA

Floss the Taco

March 23, 2014

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"...sometimes there's a man... I won't say a hero, 'cause, what's a hero? But sometimes, there's a man. And I'm talkin' about [Bill] here. Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's [Bill], in [Dehli? Last I heard he was in Dehli]."

Posted in: Kazakhstan, Skiing

Ойлонбой кылуу: Kyrgyz for Spontaneous

February 23, 2014

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This Referee was having a good time Chronological schedule of selected events that occurred during the weekend of February 21st, 2014.

Teacher & Pioneer

January 31, 2014

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Matt coming down We snapped photos, especially of the steep north face. I spent a good amount of reflecting on this zone, gazing at Amangeldi Peak, Komsomol Peak, Chimbulak Peak, and so many others that I have had such an amazing time exploring. This is a truly amazing zone that has very much influenced my alpine skills.

Пик Локомотив (Lokomotiv Peak) 4128m – Summertime

January 16, 2014

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Ice-capped summit The climb and descent were great, but the thing that blew me away about this climb was the views from the top. This was the furthest I have ventured into the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan, and they only get bigger and better the further south I have gone. The pictures hardly give the views justice.

Timur’s Revenge

January 11, 2014

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The Chorsu Cafeteria under a shashlik smoke-screen I have had a number of students from Uzbekistan while working in Almaty, and three of them had advised me to make sure I try both Samarkand plov and Tashkent plov. The main difference between the two, in theory, is that Samarkand plov is cooked with the rice separate from the meat and carrots, whereas in Tashkent plov it is all cooked together. Blinded by the incredible goodness from the Samarkand bazaar plov, Saranna, Eli and I anxiously ordered bowls of plov in the Chorsu bazaar. The Tashkent plov was notably different, probably because no one else in the complex was eating it, unlike in Samarkand where we had to wait for a table because everyone within a mile radius was eating the delicious concoction.

Posted in: Backpacking, Uzbekistan

Samarkand

January 11, 2014

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Women sitting in Shah-I-Zinda The next day, we met up with Eli and tried to walk from The Registan to Afrosiab. Along the way, we stopped by the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda, or the Avenue of Mausoleums. Both of these stops were incredibly impressive, the Bibi-Khanym was simply massive and beautiful, and the intricacies of the Shah-I-Zinda were astounding.

Posted in: Backpacking, Uzbekistan

The Registan

December 17, 2013

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The domes of the Tilla-Kari Medressa from the minaret tower The view from the top was amazing. We could see the foothills of the Pamir mountains in the distance, and all of the ancient buildings of Samarkand as well. We took pictures for a while, but I definitely put down my camera for a while to take in the view. It was the highlight of the trip.

Posted in: Backpacking, Uzbekistan
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