British Team Ski Mount Damavand - Iran

by Scott_M@c Mar/2011
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On Saturday 19th March a British team climbed and made what is believed to be the 2nd British ski descent of Mount Damavand, Iran.

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+Chris on route to the Van after 3000m of downhill, 162 kb
Chris on route to the Van after 3000m of downhill
Scott_M@c, Mar 2011
© Chris Lockyer

+Mount Damavand from the Dizin Ski resort, Iran, 76 kb
Mount Damavand from the Dizin Ski resort, Iran
Scott_M@c, Mar 2011
© Chris Lockyer
Mount Damavand (5671m) is the highest mountain in Iran and the Middle East and is the highest volcano in Asia.  A rare period of settled weather just after the team arrived in Iran dictated they attempt the summit within two days of arrival.  The summit team included John RobertsScott MackenzieDuncan Robinson and Chris Lockyer.  They were accompanied by a member of the Iranian Mountaineering Federation, Hossein Salehi.  Professional photographer Henry Iddon documented the trip and ascent, reaching a high point of 5000m on the mountain.  Henry had previously travelled from sea level to 5000m in just 3 days!

The team encountered excellent conditions on the mountain, with unusually good snow for this time of year.  The great conditions allowed for a 2 day ascent and 3 hour, 3400m ski descent over 12km from the summit to the road.  Summit conditions were unusually calm at -20 with 30/40km windspeeds.  Mount Damavand generally experiences strong winds and temperatures down to -60 on top throughout winter.

The only other British ski descent is thought to have been made by David Hamilton and the Eagle Ski Club in 2004.

More information including photographs and articles on the climb including experiences within Iran itself are due out in the near future from Henry.


+Climbing the final slopes, 300m below the summit of Mount Damavand, 148 kb
Climbing the final slopes, 300m below the summit of Mount Damavand
Scott_M@c, Mar 2011
© Chris Lockyer

+On the summit of Mount Damavand, over 5600m in Iran, 220 kb
On the summit of Mount Damavand, over 5600m in Iran
Scott_M@c, Mar 2011
© Chris Lockyer


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