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Fancy a Challenge? - Afghan Ski Challenge

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
A bit of an unusual race but, given the problems suffered by the Country, all power to the organisers!

The Bamyan Ski Club organise an annual 'back country' race in the Koh-e-Baba Mountain Range of Afghanistan

Uphill, Downhill, Exact course varys. Overall Distance: 2-4 Kilometers, Overall difference in altitude: 600-1200 Meters. Lowest Point: around 2600, Highest Point around 3800.

NO WEAPONS allowed. Shocked Shocked

Everyone starts at the same time. The winner is the first person to cross the finish line having successfully registered at all the check points along the way. Skis and Snow Boards are allowed.

More about the 'Challenge' on BBC radio 4 (From our own Correspondent) (skip to about 16m33 )

Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Sat 20-03-21 16:50; edited 1 time in total
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
albob wrote:
NO WEAPONS allowed.

Bleedin' 'ealth and Safety, ruining everyone's fun.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Decent pdf guidebook of the area:

As someone that's been to a different region of Afghanistan, I can tell you there are plenty of safe areas (generally the mountains are all Taliban free). There are also other places that I would say are incredibly dangerous. Bamyan is the former, there have not been issues there for a long time. While I would never say anywhere in Afghanistan is 100% safe, bamyan is probably no more dangerous than your average big European city.

For backcountry skiing (they do have a couple of resorts too) Kyrgyzstan has all the adventure with much less hassle and cost than Afghanistan.
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