One of our trainee’s summer story
September 1, 2015
Last month, our very own Clay Conlon has travelled to the Muzkol Range of Tajikistan to attempt a series of unclimbed peaks around the back of the AkBaikal valley. Here’s a brief account from Clay:
A mountaineering expedition to a remote valley in central Asia is always going to be challenging, and within 24 hours of entering Tajikistan our 4x4 had got stuck in the middle of a raging glacial river and one of the team had to leave us due to an unfortunate combination of altitude sickness and food poisoning. The following 10 days were spent exploring the mountains that rose up above our basecamp. Our first attempt at a mountain was cut short; a combination of hard ice climbing and dangerous seracs above us forced a retreat back down to our tent on the glacier. The second mountain we attempted a few days later went smoother, and after an unpleasant 1am start we reached the 5570m high summit at around midday.
Even the journey back home was eventful due to visa issues when we landed in Russia. After a slightly worrying few hour wait we were allowed to take a detour via Kazakhstan, spending a night in the Dubai-like capital city Astana before finally making it back to the UK.
There are some photos at this link:
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