First Ascent in the Press

An exciting climb makes for some exciting stories! Check out these news articles and interviews with several team members upon their successful return stateside (well, mostly. Rob traipsed on back to his second home in the Middle East)


WMUR9 New Hampshire

We wanted to come home to our girlfriends and say we named the mountain after you” – Austin Lines

Austin Lines shows off the remnants of his Kyrgyzstan mullet in this interview with him after “After You.”


British Mountaineering Council

“However, just before leaving the UK the British climbers learnt that 5,318m had finally been summited.” British Mountaineering Council United Kingdom

Trip report from a British team who ventured to Djangart in August 2013.  Apparently some American Team beat them to the top of 3 mountains by a month


News and Observer Durham, North Carolina

“I now know what I did to my parents”  – father Bret Stolp

Great piece by Josh Shaffer about Ryan Stolp; entrepreneur, mountaineer, seamstress and his summer vacation in Kyrgyzstan.


Wicked Local Westford

“If you can deal with being exhausted, frozen, starved, and fatigued to the point of incontinence, then you have a pretty good chance of making it as a mountaineer.” – Rob Gleich

The Westford Eagle writes a great piece on the teams time in Djangart and Rob continues to produce quotables and whimsy about his time in the Middle East.


Lowell Sun Massachusettes

“Its so hard to be his Mom.” – mother Tina Gleich

Great profile of Rob Gleich, the character and conundrum. Great thoughts from his mother and interview with him as a screen in a screen.

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