Iranian Climbers Exchange

I have been fairly quiet on the climbing front recently mainly due to race training and my application back in February to be a climber delegate in an exchange between USA and Iran.  The Alpine Club of Iran and the American Alpine Club are each sending a team of ‘climbing ambassadors’ to experience the hospitality and climbing in each others nation.  I did not make the delegate team but I was selected as an alternate member.  So with fingers crossed I will hopefully be joining the exchange in spring of 2011 for some climbing in Iran.


The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce the AAC members selected as delegates to visit and climb in Iran in the spring of 2011 as part of the AAC’s exchange with the Alpine Club of Iran. Over 125 AAC candidates applied, and selecting just ten delegates proved a serious challenge for the selection committee, comprised of Delegation Leader Jim Donini, AAC Community Committee Chair Dave Riggs, and AAC Executive Director Phil Powers. The Committee also selected 10 alternate delegates given uncertainties with the visa process and other contingencies.

More information on the exchange and to see bios of the team members can be found here


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About Haliku

Mountain climber, ultrarunner, scuba instructor, world traveler, student of life
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2 Responses to Iranian Climbers Exchange

  1. Ultra'thoner says:

    Too bad you weren't selected as a delegate- but alternate is still good. Will keep our fingers crossed.

  2. Katiebell says:

    Wow! What an adventure. I have on occasion run with a friend of mine from Iran and he has told me about the mountains in Iran as well as the skiing, so I imagine the climbing must be fairly nice. If you do go, perhaps you'd like to contact Babak before you go, he's in Seattle now.

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