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Skiing the Peak of the Soviets (Пик Советов 4317m) + Hiking Big Almaty Peak (3600m)

October 12, 2013

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After gaining about 500 meters from the road, the border guards caught up with us. Luckily, we were 500 meters above the road and a few kilometers away, and the guards were not to anxious to leave their Lada 4x4 or the road. They shouted and whistled at us, but we played deaf until we arrived at the top of the ridge, and at that point we lost sight of them until we would arrive back at the observatory later that evening.

The Second Time for First Impressions (Reblog)

September 27, 2013

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Originally posted on Cousin Dampier's Blog:
The city sweats. Faces are sweaty and people are sweaty and car seats are sweaty and the walls are faded from that kind of heat that makes it all sweaty. Almaty should be dustier than it is. The buildings have that wind-blasted quality about them, smooth yellow-brown cinder…

Пик Комсомола (Komsomol Peak) – Part Two: First Descent with Skis On

September 26, 2013

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At this point, I cannot say I was proud about how I skied it, if you want to call it that (I’m still hesitant to call it anything but a “first descent with skis on”).

Пик Комсомола (Komsomol Peak) – Part One: Ascent

September 15, 2013

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Climb Screen Grab On July 26th, 2013, I free-soloed the Northwest Face of Komsomol Peak, which rises 4376 meters (14,357 feet) almost directly above Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Astana Story

August 3, 2013

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Khan Shatyr framed by the KazMunaiGas Headquarters. Khan Shatyr is a large shopping mall with a beachfront aquatic park on the top floor. After watching the two other American students perform brilliantly talking about unique topics different than my own, I took the chair and started to talk about how the Treaty of Paris in 1947 was one of many treaties signed at the end of the Second World War that had to do with how the Allied Forces would divvy up the land that had been invaded by Nazi Germany. Within sixty seconds of complete bullshit, I realized that the two proctors had no answers in front of them and were not checking a single thing I was saying.

What I like about KIMEP University

January 29, 2013

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Still 1 I made this video for a contest KIMEP University is running for some ski passes to the local resort, known as Chimbulak. If you notice the ambiguous statement at the end, you get extra points. More noteworthy is that it features some of the GoPro footage from my climb up Amangeldi Peak last October

International Local Media, US Presidential Elections, & I

November 8, 2012

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Well, I'm officially 2 for 2 on being abroad during Presidential Elections in the United States, as well as being 2 for 2 on somehow making an appearance in the local news where I am living at the time.