Monday, March 8, 2010

Uchitel peak

This past weekend with a truly international team (British, German and American) four of six of us made an incredible winter ascent of Uchitel peak (4526m) in Ala-Archa Park south of Bishkek. Although not a technical peak, the snow and elevation gain amounted to two longs days. Mammut has done a wonderful job helping to restore the Ak-Sai or Raztek climbing hut we used enroute. Wow! The mountains here are amazing!

Adygine research station

Spent a day out with local researchers breaking trail up towards Adygine research station in Ala-Archa National Park. We dug some full snowpits, they certainly have some different techniques here. Last year, two of the field assistant were caught in an avalanche and partially buried. Now they walk with long strings attached in the event they are caught, they can be found via the string. The mentality of avalanche safety here is still developing and has a long way to go.