Northeast Face

June 22, 2008 (Drought/low snow year)
(R) Dakooh 3590 m, (L) Reka Poshteh 3640 m

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BobSmith

BobSmith - Nov 23, 2008 10:08 am - Voted 10/10

How...

are you able to spend so much time climbing these great peaks? Do you have family nearby?

Also, any large animals in that part of the world? What's the megafauna situation?

nader

nader - Nov 23, 2008 2:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: How...

Thank you for reading my pages and voting on them.

Since 2004, I have been going to Iran once a year (3 weeks at a time). I still have some relatives there but I spend most of my time in the mountains. For example in 2008, I did a 7 day and then a 6 day trip into the mountains. That allows me to climb 2-3 peaks a day.

As you are well aware, taking pictures of animals can be quite tricky. They are gone in a blink of an eye. The only decent picture that I have been able to take is that of this herd of Rams:

http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=419024

In 2008, I did come across a huge bear some 300 ft away but before I could take out my camera, it was gone. I saw it for only 3 seconds. I have also seen a herd of wild boars from far away. There are supposedly other animals too such as the Persian Leopard, Asiatic Cheetah...that I have never seen.

Like everywhere else in the world, human overpopulation and loss of habitat has been a major problem for the wild life in these moutains. I am glad to say that I have seen wild life preservation officers in the mountains trying to stop illegal hunting, overgrazing etc. Hopefuly their efforts will be fruitful.

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