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Bo White at the Mountaineering Culture Studies Group
The Mountaineering Culture Studies Group
Invites you to a public slideshow and presentation
Promoting Climbing-related Tourism in Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains
By Bo White
6:30 p.m. | 6 December 2013 | 0220 South Hall
Despite being the third largest mountain range in the world and home to a good number of 6000 and 7000-m peaks, the Pamirs host significantly less climbing-related tourism than do Nepal, China, India, or even Kyrgyzstan. In response to this, in 2011, Bo White and Sharaf Saidrakhmonov founded the Pamir Alpine Club (PAC) with the aim of creating a nexus of individuals focused on developing a sustainable climbing-related tourism industry in the Pamirs. Most recently, Bo spent August 2013 teamed up with the Aga Khan Foundation, the University of Central Asia, Black Diamond, and the Sentinel Outdoor Institute to provide training and climbing gear to the PAC. Bo will speak about the creation of the PAC, climbing opportunities in the Pamirs, and how to do first ascents as an average climber. Special emphasis will be placed on the unique and enabling culture of the Pamirs.
Bo White (whom we know at the MCSG) was trying to be a good graduate student in 2008-2009 and found himself conducting research for his Master's degree in Tajikistan. Little did he know he would become somewhat obsessed with this tiny landlocked country. The climber in Bo rejoiced when a Fulbright took him back to the country in 2010 for a year. As a Fulbrighter, Bo worked with a small group of eco-tourism students and aspiring mountain guides at the University of Central Asia--helping them develop mountain guide skills and strategies to promote Tajikistan's place on the world's eco-tourism map. Bo continues to return to Tajikistan to help promote climbing in the country through the Pamir Alpine Club. Currently, Bo and his wife Molly live in Ann Arbor where he studies at UM Law School and she is a Post-doc at UM Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
South Hall address:
701 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(Room 0220 is in the basement)
Location: 0220 South Hall