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Reports and Articles

Read the latest news, articles, equipment reviews and expedition reports from ISM.

Kyrgyzstan 2010 – ISM At Bashi Expeditions

​Two ISM expeditions led by Pat Littlejohn visited the Tien Shan in 2010, with the aim of exploring the At Bashi range, a 100km-long spine of ‘alpine peaks’ up to 4788m in height.
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ISM Instructional Courses by Pat Littlejohn

​The amount of climbing in the Alps is vast and it makes good sense for anyone into climbing and mountaineering to be able to take full advantage of this amazing mountaineering playground.
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ISM Guide climbs hard mixed route in the Lakes

​Some fantastic winter conditions in the Lake District this winter saw ISM guide Adrian Nelhams & climbing partner Tim Lofthouse climb a superb new winter line on Neckband Crag in Great Langdale.
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Expedition Gear for Kyrgyzstan by Steve Taylor

Below is a fairly personal take on which gear is required for the ISM Kyrgyzstan Expedition. It is based on participation on this expedition in 2008 and 2009.
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My Kyrgyzstan Trip by Adrian Nelhams

‘Where’s Adrian Allynavich’ I hear shouted as I enter the ITMC offices and Vladimir appears from around the corner. The familiar grin and then comes the crushing bear hug that leaves you fighting for air!
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Kuilu & Son Kul Expedition 2009

This was ISM’s second trip to the Kuilu range, the first being in 2000 when we explored the Karator glacier and its surrounding peaks. This trip focussed on the Bardytor valley immediately to the east, where records showed that only one peak had been climbed.
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Latest News from Adrian

The sun is streaming in through the office window and its 26 degrees outside.I had a great time rock climbing in Langdale at the weekend and like everyone else in the Old Dungeon Ghyll on Sunday evening, had the red sunburnt arms to prove it!
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Bulletin from Leysin - Hope, Noise and Great Ice!

As ‘Hope and Noise’ blasted out their short set and then made way for an even more energetic and loader trio, I couldn’t help but feel the Lynx bar echoed similarities to what the Vagabond used to have.
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Winter report from Terry & Graham

Winter is upon us here in the Alps, plenty of snow and the ice starting to build nicely! For some time in Leysin it has been -7*C at night and below freezing all day.
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ISM West Kokshal-Too Expedition, 2008

Our regular expedition to the Tien Shan mountains of Central Asia was a great trip and successful despite not achieving the hoped-for objective of Pik Byeliy (or Grand Poohbah as it is widely known).
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