We followed Austin over his 30-day expedition, tracking his journey and receiving daily updates starting from his July 4 arrival in Bishkek. Take It To The Top with Austin as we share his VICE Expedition on our blog!
Q. How did you discover climbing, and why did you stick with it?
A. In high school, my friends introduced me to climbing. We just went to the climbing gym. Then my brother found an old climbing harness in the basement of the dorm that he was an RA in, so I had a harness plus a chalk bag and it also had shoes. Somebody had just left all this stuff down there. So then there’s low initial investment, so I thought why not continue? Then Tufts really continued it, which is where I went to school in Boston. Tufts helped me continue climbing cause there’s a gym pretty close and all the people I knew were in the mountain club and the climbing club.
Q. What does this climb mean for you?
A. It’s my first big mountain so it’s a big challenge for myself. I just want to see if I can do it - if I can rise to the occasion. It’s also a good way to reconnect with old climbing buddies. It’s also cool to be able to explore a new place. I’ve always admired explorers, so this is my way of contributing to fleshing out the map.
Q. The six VICE members are traveling in "fast-moving teams of 2". Who is your partner and what does this partnership mean on the mountain?
In case you're wondering, Austin said he's never fallen into a crevasse.
Read the rest of Austin's Q&A on our blog!
Read all of our updates on Austin's adventure. He checked in with KMC Systems so we could keep you posted! The most recent updates are at the top.
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