15th January 2017
STRUAN CHISOLM wins 2016 Spirit of Adventure Award
Djenghi-Djer Expedition to Kyrgyzstan
The aim of the expedition, led by Struan Chisolm, is to explore and climb in a set of relatively unexplored and poorly documented valleys in the Djenghi-Djer mountain range in southern Kyrgyzstan, and to share their findings with the mountaineering community.
Struan will lead a team of five who will travel on horseback for speed and flexibility, but will also attempt unclimbed peaks at heights of 4,000 to 4,700 metres in the region.
The team is sure the area has potential for exciting first ascents, and the only photograph identified as definitely Djenghi-Djer shows impressive, steep and jagged peaks.
The name Djenghi-Djer/ “Jangy-Jer” means “New Land” in Kyrgyz, and this is a fair description of the range from the mountaineering perspective.
The range is approximately 70 km in length (west to east) and the most prominent peaks are clustered on the east of the range.
Struan and some members of his team completed the Silk Road Tajikistan Expedition in 2013 and now become the first double winners of our senior award.