Kyrgyzstan

#VisitJyrgalan – Backcountry Skiing in the Tien Shan

#VisitJyrgalan – Backcountry Skiing in the Tien Shan   There’s something special, I daresay sacred, in the quiet of a bright winter morning. A silence that seems to stretch for miles, disturbed only by the faraway call of a lone bird or melting ice crashing to the ground. It’s a feeling that stretches across all the … Continue reading »

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Victory! Celebrating Victory Day in Bishkek.

Victory! Celebrating Victory Day in Bishkek. I’m currently out of the country, missing this year’s Victory Day celebrations in Kyrgyzstan. This is a big year, though, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and likely the last big anniversary that will see a significant number of veterans of the fighting able … Continue reading »

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Snow Leopard Conservation in Kyrgyzstan: Snow Leopard Enterprises

Snow Leopard Conservation in Kyrgyzstan: Snow Leopard Enterprises Note: this article originally (apart from some minor changes) appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of AUCA Magazine, of which I’m the Editor-in-Chief. See the full version on the AUCA website. If you’re looking for gratuitous pictures of snow leopards, check out my post on Saving Snow … Continue reading »

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Instagram Update: The Best of February

Instagram Update: The Best of February Compared to December and January, February has been strangely quite for me. In fact I’ve been in Bishkek, as in haven’t left the limits of the city, for over a month and a half now! All those trip to Turkey and India and Kazakhstan caught up with me, I … Continue reading »

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Defenders of the Fatherland Day: Holidays in Bishkek, Soviet-style

Defenders of the Fatherland Day: Holidays in Bishkek, Soviet-style (This article originally posted on Defenders of the Fatherland Day in 2014. To follow updates from 2015’s holiday in Bishkek, follow my Facebook Page and Instagram feed.) Once ‘Red Army Day’, then ‘Soviet Army and Navy Day’, and now finally ‘Defenders of the Fatherland Day’. With piles of … Continue reading »

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Winter in Kyrgyzstan: Snow Camping at Ala-Archa

Winter in Kyrgyzstan: Snow Camping at Ala-Archa The long frozen Bishkek winter takes it toll on my traditional pastimes. Growing up in Louisiana, deep in the US south, my love for the outdoors has always extended to camping and hiking and multi-day backpacking but given the locale usually only the warm-weather versions of those. The very … Continue reading »

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Instagram Update: The Best of January+

Instagram Update: The Best of January+ Somehow between Christmas and New Year and running off to India for both of those and more, I managed to skip posting my favorite and best/most popular photos from Instagram in December. The past few months on Instagram have reflected my actual travel and location a lot more than the … Continue reading »

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The Year in Photos: 2014

The Year in Photos: 2014 I take a lot of photos. I don’t have a firm count on how many I shot in 2014, but I kept around 5000 shots this year and tend to delete the majority of what I take so 10,000 is a conservative estimate. Even with all those to choose from, … Continue reading »

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