Photos of Iran — adventures on Alam Kuh


Before I get distracted posting photos of my month in Iran, this important detail from the Huffington Post: former Playboy centerfold admits to helping Canadian boyfriend illegally enter the United States.

Such a scandal would never plague Iran.

Also, barring utter disaster, after last night’s 1-0 US victory over Honduras, the United States will be joining Iran in the final round of the World Cup in 2014.

It’ll take me a few posts to bust out the full run of trip photos, but first come pics from the early part of our exchange between the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Iran. Shortly after we arrived, we headed to the Alam Kuh massif in the Alborz Mountains nortwest of Tehran. The single biggest memory I took away from this trip was of the warm and friendly Iranian people.

Lydia Pyne and Marilyn Genenati making friends north of Tehran

Curbside diplomacy: Lydia Pyne and Marilyn Genenati making friends north of Tehran

Americans and Iranians getting organized at the Alam Kuh trailhead

Americans and Iranians getting organized at the Alam Kuh trailhead. (Note the blue truck– I’ll have a whole series of blue truck photos to post.)

Mary Ann Dornfeld on the hike up

Mary Ann Dornfeld on the hike up

The north face of Alam Kuh

The north face of Alam Kuh

Back: Me, Mahsa Hokamzadeh, Saeid Mahmodi, Jim Donini, Majid, Shaima Shadman; front:

Back: Me, Mahsa Hokamzadeh, Saeid Mahmodi, Jim Donini, Majid, Shaima Shadman; front: Mohammad Bahrevar, Mohammad Norouzi, Hassan

 

Mark Wilford and Mohammad Bahrevar hiking into the cirque

Mark Wilford and Mohammad Bahrevar hiking into the cirque

Taking laps on a moderate crack climb near the hut

Taking laps on a moderate crack climb near the hut

Mohammad Bahrevar, Shaima Shadman, and Jenn Flemming in the Alam Kuh hut

Mohammad Bahrevar, Shaima Shadman, and Jenn Flemming in the Alam Kuh hut

Shaima Shadman and Rosie the Riveter

Shaima Shadman and Rosie the Riveter

With Stephen Alvarez in our high camp tent

With Stephen Alvarez in our high camp tent

With Mohammad Bahrevar making a recon of Alam Kuh's north face

With Mohammad Bahrevar making a recon of Alam Kuh’s north face

Mark Wilford and Mohammad Bahrevar

Mark Wilford and Mohammad Bahrevar

Mahsa Hokamzadeh high on Alam Kuh

Mahsa Hokamzadeh high on Alam Kuh

NG photog Stephen Alvarez doing what he does

NG photog Stephen Alvarez doing what he does

Jennifer Flemming giong all glam-glam in front of the Alam Kuh hut

Jennifer Flemming giong all glam-glam in front of the Alam Kuh hut

Mohammad Norouzi

Mohammad Norouzi

Breakfast in a guest house the morning after we got down

Breakfast in a guest house the morning after we got down with the Supreme Leader watching from the far wall

Alam Kuh is a gorgeous mountain with an impressive north face. I wrote about the Iranian-American climbing exchange in Rope Diplomacy: On the Steeps in Iran (available as a $.99 eBook), which includes more than 30 of Stephen Alvarez’s incredible photos. (Which are a hell of a lot better than these!)

Cliimbing on Alam Kuh

Here is Stephen’s incredible photo gallery of our trip.

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