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There and back again.

There and back again.

Wow!  What an adventure.  Pakistan certainly proved to be one those far-flung corners of our planet.  Clint and I finished up our time in Pakistan with a wild 2 LOOOONG day jeep ride over the high desolate Deosai Plains east of Nanga Parbat.  We met up with another American David who was doing a big [...]

Back to civilization:  rocks climbed, emergency shelters built.

Back to civilization: rocks climbed, emergency shelters built.

Hello everyone!  After several weeks of great adventures, Clint and I have made it back to Skardu in northeastern Pakistan.  We spent our first week out building emergency shelters in the villages of Hushe and Kande.  We found the locals very excited to learn these impromptu building techniques and very willing to lend a hand [...]

In and Around the Hushe Valley

Last Sunday,  September 7th, Matt’s wife received a phone call from Zafar, Matt and Clint’s guide.  The boys were not able to enter the Kondus valley and decided to stay in the Hushe valley to climb and search for new route potential. Zafar said that the two hasty shelters that were built in villages around Hushe [...]

Playing the waiting game…

Playing the waiting game…

So, here we are, in Khaplu, for three days now.  Just beyond town is the Army checkpoint signalling the beginning of the Closed Zone.  It’s 80 km up to Kondus and the Granite Towers of our Dreams.  We secured the Special Permit a month ago to allow us into the Kondus Valley.  Three days ago [...]

We’ve made it to Skardu!

We’ve made it to Skardu!

Hey everyone, We made it into Skardu today.  It has been a wild journey already.  I rendezvoused with Clint in the Abu Dhabi airport.  He arrived there from Egypt minus one bag that Luftansa left in Germany.  I came from Denver via a cancelled flight, a different flight, an impromptu bus ride through Queens, then the [...]

salaam alaykum

Greetings friends, Just wrapping up the first leg of this trip here in Egypt. Ready to make my way to Pakistan, meet Matt, had have more grand adventure.  Well, I have negotiated the back alleys of another sleepless city.  Cairo (pop 20mil) can be intimidating at first. Yet if you summon up the courage to dive into [...]

On the road

Asalam al lekum to the United States.  Mentally preparing for the 48 hours of travel to Pakistan.  We are as ready as we can be. . .Clint has been riding camels and running training laps on the pyramids of Egypt this week. . .I wonder if he got any of those Obama dates? I get on [...]

Looking forward to upcoming Pakistan Humanitarian Outreach/ Climbing Expedition

Looking forward to upcoming Pakistan Humanitarian Outreach/ Climbing Expedition

Clint Estes and I are heading to the Kondus Valley in far northeast Pakistan August 23-September 27 for a humanitarian outreach/ climbing expedition.  We received the Zach Martin Breaking Barriers grant from the American Alpine Club. Below is an excerpt from an article in our local newpaper, the Ouray Plaindealer by David Mullings “Two officers [...]

Alpine Edge Engineering has a website!

Stay tuned as we refine the site and make it just right.

Alpine Edge Engineering, LLC
Matthew D. Hepp, P.E.
605 River Park Drive
Ridgway, Colorado
(970) 318-1469
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