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#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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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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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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Kumtor Gold Mine: Kyrgyzstan’s Fine Line

Kumtor Gold Mine: Kyrgyzstan’s Fine Line Between Ecology and Economy Standing squarely at the heart of countless clashes, the Kumtor Gold Mine is equally one of Kyrgyzstan’s most important economic contributors and one of its most controversial environmental and investment considerations. The Kumtor Gold Mine is located high in the mountains to the south of Issyk-Kol, … Continue reading »

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Saving Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan: the NABU Rehabilitation Center

Saving Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan: the NABU Rehabilitation Center Alternate Title: Gratuitous Pictures of Snow Leopards The whole thing started, really, with a ‘Special Exhibition on Snow Leopards’ in the Kyrgyzstan State Museum of Fine Arts. Walking through those quiet halls looking at a hundred-odd photos and drawings snow leopards made by artists from across … Continue reading »

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Hiking in Kyrgyzstan: Chunkurchak Valley

Hiking in Kyrgyzstan: Chunkurchak Valley   There are moments when I want to hike for days on end, climbing a new mountain pass every morning and exploring a new valley each afternoon. There are also moments when I want to get out of the city for a day and take a leisurely walk somewhere beautiful. Perhaps … Continue reading »

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Kyrgyzstan Climbing Festival: Alpinada in Ala-Archa

Kyrgyzstan Climbing Festival: Alpinada in Ala-Archa   The outdoors community in Kyrgyzstan can be counted on for nothing if not an embracing sense of community and a dash of craziness. With that in mind, I set off from Bishkek on the afternoon of April 30th to join over 150 other hikers on a May 1st … Continue reading »

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Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan – The Best Daytrips in Bishkek?

Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan If I were to recommend only one thing to a newly-arrived expat to Bishkek that wanted to meet people and explore Kyrgyzstan a little bit, it would be to join the Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan and tag along on some of their weekend trips.  In winter they organize regular ski trips … Continue reading »

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