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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.

The *Mental* Traverse: Peak Panfilov to Peak Karlytau

July 3, 2014

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We took our time on the tip of the summit, taking lots of photos and having lots of laughs. I think when you complete an exposed climb like this, there is something psychological about the summit that makes mountaineering become more than a sport or hobby, but as something one cannot live without. I had experienced an even greater relief and stronger positive energy at the summit of Komsomol Peak the summer before after free-soloing the Northwest Face, but this feeling is exponentially increased when the experience is shared with partners, perhaps because other people have overcome the same fears and obstacles, and they too have the electric feeling that only a hard-earned summit in difficult circumstances can provide.

Пик Молодежная (Peak Molodezhnaya) 4147m – Summertime

July 3, 2014

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The climb of the western ridge of Molodezhnaya is pretty simple, if you stray too far left, you'll be on glacial ice, and too far right will put one on loose rocks. The snow was perfect to climb and we made short work of it. The summit was easy to find, and we took plenty of photos of Peak of the Soviets and the surrounding mountains of Tuyuksu Glacier.

A Day Lasts More than 100 Years (The Visitors & the Cosmostansiya)

July 1, 2014

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I dropped into a slot first, jumping hard to get it to break below me, which it eventually did and ran the entire path wall-to-wall. I found a protected spot, where Eric and Anya joined me, and Zack was able to get the rest of the hangfire to break off above us. We stuck to the slide path after that until the slope shallowed, allowing us to enjoy some powder. Definitely tricky conditions for my brother's first line in Kazakhstan!

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]."

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.

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.