Well, its been a bit since I got back from spending a weekend skiing in Bamiyan. I’ve been in overdrive trying to make sure everything I have been doing at SOLA the last 6 months is easily accessible to the next academic point person. The skiing story is still worth telling though. Continue reading
In the Buddhist cliff city with Bamiyan and the Koh-e-Baba range behind me. © Ian Lynch.
Last week I was lucky enough to participate in the 4th annual Afghan Ski Challenge in Bamiyan, Afghanistan then tour about the Koh-e-Baba range the next day. Read more about the race in my editorial for Backcountry Magazine:
As I have weighed the pros and cons of backcountry skiing in Afghanistan the above video has stuck in my mind. “There’s always some percentage chance you’ll fall,” says Colin Haley. Haley climbs without many of the safety measures that most alpinists employ.