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Taking a climbing trip to Iran was not an easy decision for Al considering all the propaganda against this country.
As the plan was approaching Tehran, Read decided to dispose some of the things he was carrying with himself the might be offensive to Iranians.
Read was somehow familiar with International conflicts and their effects of the perceptions of the people of the engaged states.
He had a job in the foreign office but the left his job to lead mountain expeditions to save the last Bengal tigers.
He was somehow worried about his previous job and its effect on Iranians. He couldn’t estimate what was waiting for him in Iran.
The plan landed at night and Read was picked up by a bus to the passport check saloon.
Al Read was nervous and moved to back of the group to left the other passengers go first.
When if was his turn, he handed his passport to the officer, the stamped it and welcomed him to Iran.
According to Al Read, after passing the, he found himself in one of the friendliest countries in the world.
Al Read was a member of the first ascend of Denali’s east Buttress.
Al Read also was a founder of geographic Expedition and co-owner of Exum guides.
According to those who have climbed the seven summits, Denali is the toughest mountain to climb, not Everest.
Read led the first ascends of Mt.cholaste (6440m) Mt.Gaurishakar (7134m) in Nepal.
He also in 1969 tried to climb Dhaulagiri that ended in a tragedy and seven of his team member lost their lives due to an avalanche.
Al Read and Jean Weiss were close friends and coworkers. Jean Weiss was also a qualified mountain climber.
Al Read and Jean Weiss met Hooman Aprin and Abbas Jafari at Tehran Abbas Jafari was an Iranian mountain climber and guide.
Hooman Aprin climbed Damavand (5610 m) at the age of 14.
Hooman Aprin also participated in and led many Himalayan expeditions and opened a new route on Ama Dabalam in 1985.
Hooman Aprin was the first Iranian who climbed Everest in 1990.
Al Read and Jean wises visited some places in Tehran among which was the formed embassy of the United States in Iran.
Then they went to the Alborz Mountains north of Tehran and established their base camp in Hezar chal valley.
Next day they climbed the southern face of minaret peak.
They decided to change the name of the minaret peak into Exam Minaret but simply, Minaret peak is Minaret peak as it always was.
Then Al Read climbed Alma kouh, the most technical mountain of Iran and the second tallest peak.
Al Read and Jean spend another two weeks in Iran and then returned to US.
Still Al Read and Jean Weiss are enjoying climbing the mountains and visiting other countries.