Thankfully, the weather cooperated and we were able to get the helicopter back to Jergatol on the 18th. We then made the day’s drive to Dushanbe. The heat and humidity were welcome for everyone’s frostnipped digits. Cuts can finally heal after weeks of stagnation up high. I’m thoroughly ready to head home. Dushanbe is beautiful, if not oppressively hot, but things here are as dysfunctional as ever and everyone is trying to rip us off. Nonetheless, there’s a wonderful group of climbers from all over the world down here and we’re all enjoying some relaxation together before our flight tomorrow.
Thanks to everyone who followed this summer’s trip. A few specific thank yous:
Mike Mellenthin for so much help with the website
Dragos, Gregg and everyone at ASC:
The American Alpine Club for support: