Mount Everest Foundation
Supporting the exploratory

Tien Shan

This team of students looking for somewhere ‘more remote and exciting than the Alps’ selected the head of the Shamsi Tuyuk valley (close to the Ala-Archa area of the Kirgyz Ala-Too Range).as the destination for their expedition. Although popular with trekkers, it has no huts or other facilities, but offers a number of accessible peaks between 4100m and 4400m with no recorded ascents. Over the course of fourteen climbing days, operating as two 4-person teams, they attempted 13 routes on 8 peaks, recording first ascents of 6 peaks via 9 routes at grades up to AD. They also identified a number of routes for future expeditions.

July - August 2012
Dave Farrow with Michael Fordham, Matthew Graham, Bethan Gudgeon, Joe Hobbs, Doug Hull, Jo Smith and Tom Wright

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