"Tuva or Bust": Global topographic (not "topos") maps on the Web???

"Tuva or Bust": Global topographic (not "topos") maps on the Web???

Post by Dan Goodma » Sat, 24 Mar 2001 04:47:08


About two years ago, +/-, I remember finding a URL in an r.c post for a
site that showed elevations, etc., for any part of the world.

I am *not* *(mis-)thinking* about the late lamented rocknroad site.

I know it had worldwide data, because I remember scanning the site for
info on the eastern part of China to help me follow another thread on
r.c, and looking at mountains in the former republic of Tannu Tuva
(other r.c.physicists will understand why).

Anyone out there know what I'm talking about, and/or have the site
bookmarked?

For extra credit, anybody know anything at all about mountaineering
opportunities in any of the following: Tuva, Mongolia, or the Mustang
region of Tibet? Are these areas safe and interesting to travel in, and
are there any interesting alpine and/or trekking opportunities anyone
knows about?

ObFAQ: the FAQ for alt.culture.tuva mentions a Russian
climber/mountaineer who is/was a manager for Yak airlines, flying
between Moscow and Kryzgyl (capital of Tuva).

I am looking at the feasibility of doing something like this as an
alternative to paying several grand just to set foot on Himalayan soil,
before you even do "thing one". I would like to go for two to six weeks,
in another year or two, so I am starting to gather info now. I am not
interested in getting into the middle of any current wars or skirmishes,
such as the Indo-Paki-Kashmiri turf wars (doing my part for responsible
climbing by a parent).

Anybody else thought about something like this? I am thinking more along
the lines of semi-trek, semi-mountaineering, rather than National
Geographic, Lowe et al., Banff wall kind of stuff.

TIA,
-dan

 
 
 

"Tuva or Bust": Global topographic (not "topos") maps on the Web???

Post by Gerar » Sun, 25 Mar 2001 00:09:30


Quote:

> For extra credit, anybody know anything at all about mountaineering
> opportunities in any of the following: Tuva,

I have the Classifcation book which gives many routes throughout all former
Soviet Union, I know Tuva is in there.  If I remember correctly, there were
only a few listed (not to say there isn't others) and they were mostly rock
routes and the mixed or snow/ice routes mostly in winter.  

Quote:
> I am looking at the feasibility of doing something like this as an
> alternative to paying several grand just to set foot on Himalayan soil,
> before you even do "thing one". I would like to go for two to six weeks,
> in another year or two, so I am starting to gather info now.

I remember writing to the address on the book "Tuva or Bust" a few years
back.  They sent me quite a bit of useful info.  Try also this website:
www.fotuva.org/toc.html

If you need a map to bring to Tuva go consult East-View cartographic which
provides good maps for former Soviet Union.

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