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FORBIDDEN MOUNTAINS [PAMIRS]: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS IN RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIA. Paola Sicouri 1994 1st edition Hardcover DJ New Very Rare
By Sicouri, Paola and Vladimir Kopylov.
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Milano, 1994, 1st edition. 144 pp, many color photos, maps. In English.  Large-format hardcover, DJ, Fine - New condition. Very Rare. 

This book is larger than normal, so extra postage will be requesred for Priority Mail or International Mail.
 
An excellent book on the many peaks of Russia and Central Asia. Includes history, photos, route diagrams, maps. This is out of print and has become very hard to find.

The Pamirs are the world’s second-largest mountain range, culminating in a knot of 7000m giants and dozens of rarely-climbed and unclimbed 6000m peaks. Described as the ‘Roof of the World’ by geographer Raphael Pumpelly at the turn of the century, the Pamirs occupy a box-like area measuring approximately 250 by 250km. 

Within its mountainous borders lie tens of thousands of square kilometres filled with barren plains, giant mountain massifs, torrential rivers and lush forests. The Pamirs act as a hub from which emerge the separate mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush, Tien Shan, the Karakorum and the Himalaya.

Historically, the countries which laid claim to the Pamirs used the mountainous region as a link between eastern and western empires; indeed a section of the famous Silk Road passed this way. Today, the Pamirs is split between a number of the newly-formed states that were created during the break-up of the Soviet Union, namely the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan also provide access to some parts of the Pamirs.

There are four or five* 7000m peaks in the former Soviet Union, and three of them - Lenin, Communism and Korzhenevskaya - fall within the Pamirs. (The other two, Pobeda and Khan Tengri, lie in the nearby Tien Shan mountain range). The three Pamir 7000ers offer a variety of challenging and technical routes. Even the easiest routes are serious undertakings, as the mountains are often enveloped in savage weather. 

One of the worst tragedies in mountaineering history took place in 1974 during an International Climbing Meet on Peak Lenin, when 13 climbers perished, including an entire team of eight Soviet women. Climbers who ascend all of the 7000ers earn the ‘rank’ of ‘Snow Leopard’. One of the last great mountaineering ‘problems’ is to become a winter Snow Leopard. But the 7000m mountains are so far north that the temperatures in winter are bitter.

* Depending upon whom you talk to, Khan Tengri is recognized as being 6995m or 7010m. But with a mountain as beautiful as Khan Tengri, who needs an excuse to climb it?

The Mountain Ranges described are:
The Caucasus
Crimea
Pamirs
Pamir-Alai
Altai
Tien Shan
Kamchatka
 

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