Peak(s):  Nuristan, Afghanistan - 14,000 feet
Date Posted:  04/23/2012
Date Climbed:   04/18/2012
Author:  shearmodulus
 Afghanistan by Air...  

Greetings from sunny Afghanistan!

My brigade left Fort Carson in February and March, so we have been here a little over a month. For those who don't track these things, 4th Brigade (my unit) of the 4th Infantry Division is deployed to the border region of Afghanistan, in the Hindu Kush mountains. This is the same area the brigade (aproximately 3500 soldiers) deployed to in 2009-2010. We're only here for a nine month tour this time around, but since we're from Colorado, we're using our experience in the mountains of the Front Range to maximum effect.

Though you, gentle readers, might like periodic updates about what the mountains are like here in hopes (someday) you might be able to climb them. These photos were taken by my boss (a ridiculously fit infantry ranger) who flies around a lot. Most of these are taken in Nuristan, one of the most remote and geographically isolated places in the world.


Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

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04/23/2012 11:21
The base elevation of our headquarters is 2100 feet in Jalalabad, but elevations where these photos were taken start approaching 5000 feet in the valleys, and upwards of 14,000 feet on the peaks. Further to the north you approach 22,000 feet elevations near the northeastern borders with Pakistan.


Safe Return to all
04/23/2012 12:10
God Speed and safe return to you and your Brigade!.
SFC Wallace (ret.)


You know my brother?
04/23/2012 14:57
Cpt Hugh Miller, based out of Ft.Carson. Can't remember his exact brigade.


Thank You
04/23/2012 18:12
Just wanted to thank you and your comrades for the service you provide to our country. Stay safe.

Linda Jagger

nice to see what Afgh looks like.
04/23/2012 19:23
Nice to see what the country looks like. pretty rugged. wonder if it will ever be peaceful enough for people to climb. Stay safe.


Safe return!
04/23/2012 20:22
And thanks for your service and for sharing the pictures!!

Steve Climber

05/09/2014 12:26
Thanks for sharing these pics! Stay safe for many future climbs stateside.


04/24/2012 04:06
A few months ago I read this odd book called ”A short walk” by Eric Newby. Besides trying to climb a high mountain in the Hindu Kush their main objective was to explore Nuristan in the 1950's. This was a great story, and although very English it was still hilarious. It must be great to see this place in person. Thank you for your service, and stay safe.


A short walk....
04/24/2012 18:18
I'm going to have to check that out now. I know some guys that will really enjoy reading it. And for those out there concerned with OPSEC issues, I thank you for your concern. Everything published is within the DOD Principles of Information guidelines as well as RC-East and DOD OPSEC guidelines for deploying units. And for those Taliban reading the page.... well, you know who you are...

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