yeapiiii!!! as it turns out it really was the right decision to have come to tajikistan. not only the whole travel and cultural experience was as we expected but also the last three days of skiing and bivying somewhere between koja obi garm and sioma valley were the maximum stoke. just some hints: shitty weather, unstable snow, bivy, great cold night, bluebird, 4 great runs in tajik powder, even the best pack may fail, another bivy, pre breakfast couloir, the fastest way out the damn wet-slide valley, 41 tones ride and all our adrenalin to home. Continue reading
felt months of clouds and seeing the sun only as a blurred ball of light through a thick layer of white made us very desperate. but as the forecast promised better luck we headed out for a two-day mission for some four thousender peaks. apparently we attract bad weather as after a tricky ascent through very wind affected/crusty/slab terrain the next front seemed to hit. the wind was blowing hard and already snowing we decided to retreat after the first summit. all of this just to find out, once down in safedorak, that it was clearing up again – what a frustration! BUT things changed rapidly as…
it’s very hard to see the world out of a non-skiers perspective. as toms shoulder is not playing along we thought it might be a good idea to head towards the pamir, more precisely sashybuloq, just a 25km hop from the kyrgyz border. there we could experience one of the other tajikistans. people said it’s still winter there and loads of snow would await us. to come back to the opening phrase: we experienced it very differently!
Finally here! Our journey through Istanbul went fairly well and on the connecting flight we already got a glimpse at what was expecting us once we’d get out of the well protected universe of planes and airports.
The preparation goes on and after a last briefing and pasta dinner at Annemarie’s place who connected me with lots of locals we now have some awesome old Soviet maps from the 1940’s that are edited for skiers by Yvo. In addition we’re equipped with the latest Arc’teryx gear that has just arrived straight from their warehouse!
Thanks very much guys!!!!
After more than two months of debating whether to go or not, the decision has finally been made and we’re heading for Dushanbe, Tajikistan on the 13th of February. We’re already dreaming, preparing and gathering information for the three weeks we’ll spend in this beautiful country that I never forgot….
We are proud to announce the publishing of our article in the august edition of the Swiss Alpine Club magazine “Die Alpen”!!! It’s all about the story of the last five weeks down in El Chaltén and Cerro Castillo and on their peaks….