Mountaineering Club Borkoldoy Expedition 2005
Release - April 14 2005
Cambridge, Mass. - The Harvard Mountaineering Club is celebrating
its 80th Anniversary by undertaking an expedition to Kyrgyzstan.
During most of the month of August, expedition members will push
into unexplored valleys and attempt first ascents of unclimbed
and unnamed mountains in the Central Borkoldoy Range. The area,
located on the border between Kyrgyzstan and China, is an extremely
remote and practically unexplored haven for climbers.
expedition will practice the Leave No Trace philosophy, carrying
out waste in order to preserve the pristine beauty of the area for
first ascents in the Canadian Rockies in the 1920s to new routes
in Alaska and the
Himalaya in the 1930s, 50s, and 60s, the Harvard Mountaineering
Club has a long tradition of world-class collegiate mountaineering.
This year's anniversary has inspired a surge of renewed interest
in the club's trips, lectures, and publications, culminating in
political reasons, the Borkoldoy range was not open to foreign mountaineering
until the fall of the Soviet Union. Only five expeditions have reported
visiting the range since, and numerous peaks from 14,000 to 18,000
feet remain unclimbed and unnamed. This will be the first American
expedition to the region, and the results will be reported to
the American Alpine Club and the International Mountaineering Federation.
club will send award-winning filmmaker Corey Rennell '07 to document
expedition, as well as accomplished photographers Laura Fox and
Dr. Bjarne Holmes, Instructor in Psychology at the Harvard Medical
School. Other expedition members include two undergraduate officers
of the club, Alexander Cole '08 and Lucas Laursen '06, recent alumnus
George Brewster '03, and Harvard graduate students Kelly Faughnan
and Adilet Imambekov.
medicine instructor Dave Krause will serve as expedition medic.
Between them, expedition members have climbed in Greenland, Peru,
Alaska, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States
expedition is currently accepting suggestions for sponsorship and
collaborations from local businesses. Learn more about the expedition,
its members, and the Harvard Mountaineering Club at www.borkoldoy.harvardmountaineering.org.
- Lucas Laursen, President, Harvard Mountaineering Club