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  Singapore- Iran Expedition 2006 Climbing Damavand, Asia's Highest Volcano: " Why Can¹t We Just All Get Along?"


Overview: Mt Damavand ( 5671-metres ) lies only 100km from Tehran and is 75 km south of the Caspian sea. Damavand is Asia¹s highest volcano and has been dormant since recorded history. Fumaroles, and hot springs nearby testify to its present state.  In the summer of 2006, prolific veteran mountaineer David Lim and Singapore resident Grant Rawlinson , will execute a two-step expedition to climb Damavand by its northeast ridge.

While a few Singapore individuals have climbed Damavand, no team has attempted it from the north and without the reliance of mountain guides. Prior to the damavand climb, the team will make ascents of 4000m peaks in the Alam Kooh , Central Alborz range. The expedition¹s philosophy is do more with less. And, in an international  climate of fear and  distrust regarding Iran, the point is that people are still people ­ " why cant we all just get along??". The team hopes to revisit old friends and forge new freindships.

For Expedition organiser David Lim, this will be one more expedition amongst the 50 ­odd climbs and expeditions he has executed and/or led. David is best know for leading the first two Singapore Everest Expeditions in 1998 and 2001. Partially disabled in both legs in 1998, his 17 expeditions since then have largely focused on lightweight, alpine style ascents. In 2002 , he narrowly missed the summit of Cho Oyu , climbing without oxygen , and in 2005, he succeeded in a  solo of Ojos del Salado ( 6893m ) in Argentina, as well as three virgin summtis in the Tien Shan mountains in July that year. New Zealander Grant Rawlinson has climbed Aconcagua ( 6962m ) by the Polish Glacier Direct route, Mt Elbrus ( 2003 )  and several other alpine routes in New Zealand and Europe.

Dave Lim, Everest Climber, author and motivational speaker. To book David e-mail

 

 

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