John Sheff photo

"Pale Blue Dot" image

Kyrzgystan Pamirs, 1992:

"It's Sort of Like Having Fun, Only Different"

Objective: Ascent of Peak Lenin

Trip Dates:

Outfitter: REI Expeditions (Seattle, WA).


  • Land: $
  • Air: $

Itinerary: Visited and toured Moscow on trip run by REI; went on Ukrainian/Russian/American/Japanese expedition to climb Peak Lenin in Kyrgystan, but only reached 22,000 ft. (due partly to altitude sickness and overexertion, but also to contentious infighting among group leaders; on way back, visited St. Petersburg, and met with Inge, Jeff, and Jonas in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Fellow Travelers:

Memorial to another American climber

Memorial to a brave man

Many brave men and women died here