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Mountopia, Explained.

October 28, 2016

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I am trying to ski Peak Lenin & Muztagh Ata next summer on Dynafit's tab, please vote for me!

Powder.kz Backcountry Season 2014 – Бэккантри в Казахстане, Киргизия, Камчатка.

September 22, 2014

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The crew over at Powder.kz put together this rad footage for a Backcountry Season compilation, which I am honored to be a part of.

The Last Yurt on the Left

August 5, 2014

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As soon as we were on the other side, a podgy Kyrgyz man in a crowd of other men watching the clearing of the slide started screaming at me in Russian, too quickly for me to understand. He approached me with his hand raised, as if he were going to hit me in the back of the head, so I flinched and got out of arm's length as quickly as I could. The rest of the crowd, which included military and police officers, didn't even give the situation a cursory glance despite an obvious foreigner about to be whacked in the head.

Let’s Stick to Climbing on the Stones

August 4, 2014

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Right at the base of the descent, the ground disappeared below my feet, and I fell into a crevasse.

Did you bring food?

July 31, 2014

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We hiked across the stream and set up camp for the night at the Onion Field trailhead. The next day, we had absolutely fabulous weather for the hike to Camp 1, and only a few instances where we could not find the trail because of snow. Camp 1 is at about 4400 meters above sea level, which was the highest I had ever hiked to before (this is the elevation of Mt. Elbert in Colorado). Needless to say, I was stoked for everything beyond.

Osh to Kara Kul: A Misunderstanding, A Sick Start, & A Closed Road

July 21, 2014

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This was also the place where my stomach had its final fight against the last of the contents consumed the day before, thanks to an involuntary olfactory response to the rather rural smell of a shop. The first and only thing I consumed that day was a liter of Sprite from Sary Tash, and I can assure you it was the best Sprite of all time.

The Road to Purgatory is Beautiful

July 18, 2014

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Osh is not exactly an exciting city. The main attraction is the bazaar, which is massive, but full of all the things you find at every bazaar in Central Asia: fresh fruit and vegetables, plastic products and cheap clothing from China, and police looking to hassle foreigners. The other main highlight, in my eyes at least, was Solomon's Throne, a craggy hill that rises above the town.