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    I see that no one posts on the forum without a sound track. So here you go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zUeAaBGVTk


    I thought I’d been talking incessantly about expeditions to anyone who would listen. Apparently not. It was suggested to me at the Fairhead meet that some people in the club don’t know what’s happening. So here’s a bit of explanation and PR.


    In 2008 the tradition of expeditions was restarted by an enterprising bunch of lads who wanted to go somewhere unexplored. So they flew by helicopter into the backarse of Greenland and stayed there until some suitably impressive mountains were climbed and McCloy had finished all the pasta. The full story can be read in all its glory here




    The 2008 crowd hung about and boasted manfully about their accomplishments until some freshers overheard them and thought it was a good idea. These freshers would later become the 2012 expedition which was lead by Conor Gilmour (The Bearded One) and was also extremely successful. Below is the report written in fine style by Alek.


    Click to access Dzhirnagaktu%20Expedition%20Report%20QUBMC%202012.pdf


    Well it’s 2016 and we’ve planning to do something similar. Very similar. Even with a few people from the last one. We’re going to Kyrgyzstan. This time to a place called the Kaindy Glacier in the far flung eastern reaches of the Tien Shan. Come the 28th of July we’ll be flying off.


    The objective will be to climb new peaks and new routes in Alpine style. These routes will be almost entirely snow and ice. While the Kaindy (or Kaingy or about 10 other spelling variations) has been visited before there are still hundreds of potential new lines up unclimbed peaks. Not to mention the unexplored glaciers we get to plod up.


    Our glacier can be found here. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/42%C2%B004’12.9%22N+79%C2%B026’32.6%22E/@42.070244,79.4402073,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d42.07024!4d79.442396



    I’m wary of building things up too much so I’ll leave it at that.


    Some NYAQ (Never Yet Asked Questions)


    I’m a fresher and don’t know half of you?

    We’re old. It’s taken a while to plan this trip. And even longer to get ready for it with regards to skills and experience.


    What is the death zone?

    The nickname for altitudes above which the amount of O2 is insufficient for survival. I’ve a mountain book that tells this is above 6500m but generally this is known as 8000m. We are not going this high.


    Are you robbing the club of money?

    The bulk of our funding comes from Mountaineering Ireland and the MEF and personal funds. The club may contribute something but that’s the committee’s decision.


    For psych I advise a viewing of this final video before McCloy deletes it.





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    I wanted to suggest more epic music but I don’t think we deserve it.

    The club mightn’t know about the expedition but everyone in the Physics building sure does. 😛

    Also I laughed at the NYAQ, well done.


    For people in the club who are new to mountaineering but loved the Scotland trip and would like to be part of the next expedition. Then it is time to organise a trip to the Western European Alps or similar. Regardless of hard you can climb, it takes a couple of years worth of routes and camping/surviving in remote locations to gain the required confidence.

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