IRAN 7 SUMMITS
February 8, 2018,
It is 1pm on my Casio F-91W, I am squeezed in the back of a minibus, finally arriving at the border of Bazargan between Turkey and Iran. In the background, I can distinguished the Mount Ararat.
I am happy to be here!
With Reza, a young Iranian I met during the ride, we share a tea before crossing the No Man’s Land. I feel as a donkey while carrying all of my stuff… I may have its smell as well!
The check-point is crowded. Everyone is trying to rush so as to clear passport control. Exhausted from this mess, a border guard stands up from his chair to maintain order. Using his loud voice and his right fist to knock on the skull of the least obidient, he transforms the chaos in a clean single line.
I am even more surprised when the guard turns himself towards me and asks:
I mechanically respond:
– Bale, tourist hastam.
– Farsi khub baladi!
– Bia! »
I just got a “fast checking” pass for passport control. I am a bit embarrassed by this special treatment… I say goodbye to Reza and look down at my feet while overtaking the line.
At the desk, I answer all questions asked and observe the officer fast checking my passport with ease. He finally stamps my entry VISA.
The man hands back my passport and says: « Kosh Amadid! »
I am back in Iran!
This year, I am leading 2 new projects:
- Complete the “ski touring” section on the website
- Create an Iranian delegation to intend the Mountain Planet Trade Show
Since I entered Iran, time flies. I both work on creating the delegation, and ski a lot with my Iranian and French friends.
Each day reminds me that Iran is great and Iranian so sweet.
5 weeks after my arrival, using Eric’s advices, I meet Hosein who is coach of the ski mountaineering national team. By chance, he invites me to join him and Mohsen for a new project he is working on:
The Iran 7 Summits SkiMo Project
Hosein has set multiple objectives :
- Skiing in less than 4 weeks, 7 of the highest peaks in Iran
- Communicate towards Iranian about ski touring and ski mountaineering
- Try to convert the hundreds of Iranian mountaineers to this sport
- Show the world, Iran’s incredible potential
- Have fun
I like the idea and say « Yes »!
Chapter 1: Fast & Furious
March 7, 2018,
Hosein, Mohsen and I, arrive in the small city of Chelgerd, in central Iran.
It is 5am, the team is complete, we are at 2,400m in altitude, the air feels warm, and I compare my equipment with the ones of my 2 companeros. I feel like a hobo hanging out with 2 world-class athletes… I don’t even own my gloves! Before leaving for Iran, I only had complete one day of ski touring in my life… I ask myself what the heck am I doing right here!
The sun is rising, let’s go…
N°1: Zard Kuh – 4200m (Central Iran)
N°2: Dena – 4409m (South of Iran)
N°3: Hazaran – 4500m (South-East of Iran)
Coming… Next week!
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