August 2, 2012

Tyndyk - A Journey to Kizil Asker

Above: Tyndyk - Trailer

Franz Walter created this unique film with footage shot during a 2011 journey with Ines Papert to Kizil Asker (the Red Soldier) with climbing partners, from the perspective of Ines' son Manu who joined them on the journey to basecamp. Ines' party attempted the Southwest face of the Kokshall Too's Kizil Asker in 2008, 2010, and most recently in 2011 (link to 2011 trip report). Juneau climber Ryan Johnson and I are planning to go visit the Kokshall Too this September to see what this unique and steep mountain range has to offer. During our time there, I plan to paint and shoot lots of video in addition to attempting our climbing objectives. Franz's film provides a beautiful introduction to the culture and the landscape of Kyrgyzstan, and should not be missed by anyone interested in climbing or exploring this area of the world. Thanks to our family and friends, and thanks so much to the Copp-Dash Inspire Award and the American Alpine Club for their support  on this endeavor.

Ryan and I would also like to thank Black Diamond Equipment, Arc'teryx,  LaSportiva, Sterling Ropes, and GU Energy for their support at varying levels in our climbing endeavors recently. 

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