Take It To The Top: Team catches helicopter to 'Forbidden Mountains'

Yesterday, we received the following message from the Take It To The Top VICE Expedition team:

Another day at Maida-Adyr due to bad weather. We hope for better luck tomorrow but are at the mercy of the mountains. Cabin fever sets in.

Today, the team had more luck with the helicopter but had news to report on another team:

Finally caught the helicopter to base camp. The heli was delayed due to an emergency rescue. But, all six of us are alive and well. 

Thankfully, Kyrgyzstan boasts extraordinary climber rescue services after a 2004 push to drive tourism to the area. Since then, the Kyrgyzstan's Mountain Rescue Service has perfected its rescue missions.

The Mountain Rescue Service website states:

Specialized mountain rescue teams are equipped with up-to-date gear, and helicopter is available for mountain rescue missions. Teams consist of professional rescuers and experienced mountain guides of high level.

Today's message from the team was sent at 9:20 a.m. at an altitude of 3271m (10731.63 feet) from the Djangart Region base camp in the "Forbidden Mountains" range.

Google Earth rendering of the team at Djangart base camp.

The above Google Earth image shows the team's location in relation to Point 5318, marked at the top of the image. Right now, the team's planning their ascent, determining the best route up the mountain.

A never-summited mountain peak, Point 5318 is the team's main objective.

According to the VICE Expedition information packet, "After five expeditions, just twelve summits [in the "Forbidden Mountains" range]have been reached, leaving countless mountaineering objectives and potential first ascents, the most compelling of which is the highest peak in the region: Point 5318."

The team says "We owe everything to the courage and determination of past expeditions". Among those expeditions was Richard Tremellan and Alex Brighton's attempt in 2011.

"Our attempt was foiled by a thirty six hour snow storm that began within minutes of our establishing camp on the mountain. Though we pushed up a rock rib to 4,750m once the weather had cleared, the cracking of an avalanche slab around us as we tentatively ventured to link up with another safe passage spelled the end of our climb," Alex wrote in a blog post recounting their expedition.

Remember, if you have Google Earth, or want to download it, you can check out their progress here!

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