Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cruising in Kyrgyzstan | Rock Magazine

Cruising in Kyrgyzstan | Rock Magazine

Mountaineering expeditions are not meant to be relaxing. They are meant to involve hardship and pain, near misses, a touch of frostbite, starvation, dysfunctional group dynamics and high altitude pulmonary oedema. Fortunately our trip to Kyrgyzstan resulted in none of these, although there was the potential to get shot. Aside from gun-toting rebels, the trip was as relaxing as a high altitude climbing trip can be. At the end our team was still talking and we had climbed a dozen peaks, including a few first ascents.

http://www.rock.com.au/feature/article/cruising-in-kyrgyzstan

Nomad Camp In Kyrgyzstan | English Russia

 

Nomad Camp In Kyrgyzstan | English Russia

This is Kyrgyzstan, the north of the country, alpine area. It is the residence of nomadic stock-breeders and a transit area for tourists. At least it have been so before the revolution.

In the picture: nomad camp. Taken in September, 2009.

http://englishrussia.com/2011/10/17/nomad-camp-in-kyrgyzstan/

First Ascent of Eggmendueluek – Alpinist.com

 

First Ascent of Eggmendueluek – Alpinist.com

Sarychat Valley, Wester Kokshall Too, Kyrgyzstan. British and Swedish climbers made a series of first ascents in the Kyrgyzstan during August of this year. Charlie Evans (UK), Hannes Granberg (SE) Edward Lemon (UK) and Gareth Mottram (UK) climbed three previously unclimbed peaks between 4631m and 5201m in height and made the second ascent of Pik Lyell (4864m).

 

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web11f/newswire-kyrgyzstan

 

 

Pik Byeliy Climbed – Alpinist.com

 

Pik Byeliy Climbed – Alpinist.com

Slovenian climbers made the first ascent of a major summit in the Western Kokshaal-too of Kyrgyzstan this season. Pik Byeliy (5697m) was the highest unclimbed peak in the Western Kokshaal-too and has been the objective of many expeditions to the area over the past decade.

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web11f/newswire-slovenians-kyrgyzstan

Frunze is Dead | An American Student in Contemporary Bishkek

 

Frunze is Dead | An American Student in Contemporary Bishkek

 

http://frunzeisdead.wordpress.com/

Travel Blog: Road into the unknown

Travel Blog: Road into the unknown

The Silk Road we travel through desert and mountain pass. We retrace the steps of merchants, alive in eras passed. As I ponder this journey I wonder: If only they had access, they would be blogging too.

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/silkroadstu/1/tpod.html

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan – Lonely Planet travel forum

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan – Lonely Planet travel forum

I’d like to share a few information about my trip (returned yesterday) in those above mentioned countries.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2113582

 

Travel Blog: Wolfpackofone’s Great Adventure

 

Travel Blog: Wolfpackofone’s Great Adventure

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/wolfpackofone/1/tpod.html

Cheat sheet to Kyrgyzstan: 10 things to know | CNNGo.com

 

Cheat sheet to Kyrgyzstan: 10 things to know | CNNGo.com 

 

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/cheat-sheet-kyrgyzstan-10-things-know-398420

 

 

Echoes of a Storyteller on Vimeo

 

Echoes of a Storyteller on Vimeo

 

For over a thousand years, the people of Kyrgyzstan have maintained their history and tradition through an epic poem. The epic, called Manas, is passed orally from generation to generation by designated poem tellers known as Manaschis. Residual Soviet influence and the continuing presence of Islam, pervasive in Kyrgyzstan’s past century, complicate the once spiritual and ubiquitous power of Manas. The role of the Manaschi is now reconciled within a culture shaped by its Muslim population, estimated at over 75%, and by its role in the Soviet Union.

http://vimeo.com/channels/kyrgyzproject