Afghan Creates Mountaineering Federation
Dreaming of a better future for his war-torn country, a young Afghan has launched the Afghanistan Mountaineering Federation as part of a long-term plan to lure adventurous tourists to the mountainous nation. Nadjib Sirat, 30, fled Taliban repression to Pakistan and then to France, where he completed his education, began a new career, and learned to climb. (He will attempt Cho Oyu this spring.) Now he has returned to Kabul to explore the country’s climbing and skiing opportunities, with the help of the Afghan Olympic Committee and French climber/adventurer Charles Hedrich.
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