DREAMING OF AFGHAN MOUNTAINS

 
 
 Ascend teammates Zahra and Shopirai wave the Afghan flag after completing the first ascent of a 5002-meter unnamed peak in the Panjshir mountains. Photo: Emily Drinkwater, courtesy Ascend Athletics. 

Ascend teammates Zahra and Shopirai wave the Afghan flag after completing the first ascent of a 5002-meter unnamed peak in the Panjshir mountains.Photo: Emily Drinkwater, courtesy Ascend Athletics. 

THE ALPINIST - Issue 61

Though Afghanistan is now synonymous with conflict, there was a time when it was known, at least among the world's most elite mountaineers, as a training ground for high altitude ascents in the Himalaya. 

In my cover story for award-winning mountaineering magazine The Alpinist, I recount the efforts of local and international climbers to restore to the country a mountain tourism economy and, for a small group of women mountaineers, a sense of agency and freedom in the country's highest peaks. 

 

Read the full story online, and subscribe to The Alpinist here