Jonathan White - Damavand Ski 2015

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"I can't thank Shirin enough for making this trip happen - it ran perfectly, and we all had really enjoyable and eye-opening times. She negotiated the itinerary, made the necessary arrangements with the in-country operators, led us through the challenges of Brits getting visas (including phone calls to Tehran), and guided us on the laws and customs that we needed to be aware of. The logistics all went to plan (a major achievement for any trip), including perfect late winter weather! At every stage the Persian people were extremely welcoming - even more so once we'd climbed their iconic Damavand. Our guide and our drivers were especially helpful, and we learnt a lot about this modern country and its ancient and historic roots. As a winter trip, we avoided the numbers that climb the mountain in summer. In fact, we were the only people climbing on our summit day - does any other 'highest mountain' two hours from a capital city give that potential? To anyone who is interested, I'd strongly encourage them to visit Iran and its stunning mountains before everyone else decides to."

Jonathan White - Damavand Ski 2015

Alpine Club Committee & Chartered Civil Engineer