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 Roberts, Scott Mackenzie, Duncan 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.