Rope Diplomacy FREE for the next five days!

In honor of the nuclear deal struck between Iran and the world powers, I’ve made my eArticle Rope Diplomacy: On the Steeps in Iran FREE for the next five days.

Cliimbing on Alam KuhIn the summer of 2011, I traveled to Iran with National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez and spent a jaw-dropping month climbing some of the highest mountains in the Islamic Republic of Iran and doing some excellent rock climbing. We were members of a goodwill exchange between the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Iran intended to improve the strained relations between our two peoples. Besides having wild adventures in gorgeous mountains, we built excellent relationships with our Persian hosts, gained a better appreciation of the ancient culture of Iran, and experienced some of the tensions inherent in life in modern Iran, all at a time when the two captured American hikers were still languishing in a Tehran prison.

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Stephen’s website is gorgeous:, and full of gobsmacking images and stories.

I’ve made a number of posts about Iran, with some of my own photographs. They’re available through the “Iran” category of this website.


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