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Vanessa Daniel - that's an awesome trip! I went to Central Asia in 2008 for 2 months and Tajikistan was my favourite place (Kyrgyzstan was close second!). You can find local guides in the Fan Mountains and Pamirs to take you over some of the mountain passes. Although you need a bit of Russian, tajik or pomiri to get by - we found out our poor grasp of Russian meant we'd agreed to scale down the other side of a pass on scree rock / cliff without ropes! It's a popular place for cyclists, although when we were in in Tajikistan most of the roads were unsealed or in really bad condition - except for in the Pamirs because of the trade route (they were in the middle of building sealed roads when we were there, so it's probably fine now). I'll keep an eye on your trip - I'd love to join, but not sure if the dates suit me. :) Vanessa

Trip | Central-asia 2011
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4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey Vanessa, how are things? I remember you talking pretty passionately about central asia. Any plans to go back? Any other travels planned? Hope all is well otherwise. Lauren is off for her Gobi expedition in 2 days.
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Good list - I wouldn't go to all of them, but have been keen to hit the European music festvals for sooo long. Some of my suggestions for Euorpe are: Open'er (Gdynia, Poland), Exit festival (Novi Sad, Serbia) and I was going to suggest Sziget but you already have it. :)
Trip | FestivalLIFE 2011
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4 years ago
PALMER
PALMER Well my list is open to anything, i'm planning on sorting out some blogging/forum website based around the trip to try and stay connected with as many people i know/meet along the way. What's going on with you, what's your next adventure?
4 years ago
PALMER
PALMER Cheers Vanessa, the list is open to anything and am heaps keen to hear suggestions from everyone...at the moment i'm at the beginning of organising a travel blog/website following the trip so I can keep in touch with people I know and also meet along the way. Where's your next travels going to take you?
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Hey Palmer, I'm back at home working (Oz) but am planning on heading away for a short trip at the end of the year and then a longer trip from April 2011 - there's a trek in Nepal I'm keen to join then. After that thought I'd head back to Europe for summer and join some of the festival circuit. I'm considering some of the Oz festivals early next year too - so let me know about your blog.
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Hi Todd & Lauren, I'm still keen to join on at least some of these treks - I don't know if i'd be able to train before the Aconcagua climb in Jan but would be keen to do some climbs / treks in 2011. Vanessa
Todd
Todd Hey Vanessa; great to hear from you. Maybe we should get together for Mont Blanc in 2011. Have never been to Chamonix, but it sounds like a nice place to call 'lower base camp' :)
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond There's this Mont Blanc course with Adventure Consultants (famous guiding company for anyone that reads mtn literature). See this link http://www.adventureconsultants.com/adventure/MontBlancCourseAscent/
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond Though this AMS 12-day prep is probably the worldwide standard http://www.climbalaska.org/mtc-12day.html
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Mt Blanc sounds great - would be a first for me too. If don't manage the mountain there's always the cable car back to Chamonix :P vagabond - the climbalaska course looks amazing (and slightly terrifying...) thanks for the link. Would definitely want to do some high altitude training to adjust - last time I got a bit headachy above 4500m - might have to head to NZ for that. :)
4 years ago
Vanessa

Vanessa Hi Lauren - I can't make it (wish I could!) - but have travelled through that area (couple of years ago now...'06/'07).
When I was there trains were infrequent and ran only between some major towns - but the bus system was really good (private minivans too) - I don't think you'll get value from a rail pass.
Had trouble finding out how to travel south from Montenegro to Albania as only private buses were running the route (which seem to have random pick-up/drop-off spots) - so I went the other way from Greece - Albania - Montenegro which somehow seemed better organised (i.e I found a way!). Things keep changing there though and if you have time then there's always a way!
Anyway that's my 2 cents worth...
Hope you have a great trip! :) Vanessa

Trip | Balkans Trip
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4 years ago
laurenfleur
laurenfleur Hey Vanessa, ah Thanks for the advice! Yeah it seems Montenegro to Albania may be a bit tricky, guess just see what happens when I get there! And think you are right about the rail pass, defo go for individual fares! Thanks a lot, Lauren x
4 years ago
Minnie
Minnie hi lauren ive been doing a bit research... seems train from slovenia croatia bosnia serbia bulgaria ..no problem.. to get to macedonia montenegro albania then back into croatia you need to get the bus..these seem cheap enough and easy .. im still getting my rail pass as im travelling from paris etc..and will be travelling back that way via train too. How long are in in venice and what date are you in slovenia from?? Mxxx
4 years ago
laurenfleur
laurenfleur Hey! Oh right thanks, yeah I remember looking into that and it seemed it may be rather tricky! Yeah hopefully the buses will be a good way around it... I'm maybe spending half the day in the Venice, then Um, to be honest my plan isn't to clear at the moment, should probably start organising,... ha but think probably about 4-6 days in each Country, depending on which one is favourable at the time.. Think prob in Slovenia until the 24th...And you, do you have a bit more time?? Have you a sort of route planned? Lxx
4 years ago
Minnie
Minnie hi there im going ... paris switzerland slovenia croatia capital bosnia serbia bulgaria.... now my next part will depend on whether i have a companian but if i do then the bus... macadonia montenegro albania then up the croatian coast italy - florence paris i dont plan to spend long in each place as i really want to visit as many countries as possible.. its such a shame we are a week out..nevermind x
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi all, I'm really eager to climb Ama Dablam sometime in the next three years (it's even at the top of my bucket list - http://globetrooper.com/trooper/todd). So I'm looking for anyone interested in developing their mountaineering skills. I'm not sure of the best path, but maybe a 10-day technical course in Alaska, then Aconcagua in Argentina, then Mont Blanc in France, and then finally Ama Dablam. Anyone interested?
Region | Greater Asia Travel Forum 5 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike I recommend the courses at AMS. It's a stunning environment to 'learn the ropes' - excuse the pun. Here's a link to the 12-day technical course. http://www.climbalaska.org/mtc-12day.html
5 years ago
vagabond
vagabond You guys are giving me shivers just talking about it. Give me a hot desert, jungle or city any day.
5 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Todd when are you thinking of doing the technical course in Alaska? Depending on timelne might be able to join!
4 years ago
Todd
Todd There are a few options for this: Alaska, France, Colorado, BC (Canada), NZ, etc. The Alaskan Mountaineering School has quite a reputation (and plenty of training ground). France may be the second best option combining the mountaineering course with a summit of Mont Blanc.
4 years ago
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