What is a border? A barrier, an idea, a myth made real by maps.

 

And what, then, is a Borderski?

A dream, an epic journey, a word that doesn't actually exist...also an all-woman ski traverse of the eastern Pamir mountainsthe "Roof of the World"where Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, and Kyrgyzstan meet and Marco Polo sheep wander between them.

The goal of this 2015 expedition—and of the soon-to-be released film based on it—was to explore the impact of political divides on wildlife and local communities in the Pamir mountains, and to galvanize others to think beyond borders, whatever form they take.

You can check out a film teaser here, updates and photos from the expedition here, and an essay about the ski journey here and here. We're gearing up for a fall 2017 release of the documentary film, so stay tuned for updates...

 
 

Expedition

Borderwhat? Who? Why? Here you can read about our mission, methods, and madness for all things mountains and Marco Polo sheep.

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FILM

In post-production now with Front Range Films is a documentary that explores the shapeshifting nature of borders through our ski journey in the Pamir mountains, where wild sheep and local communities are increasingly circumscribed by barriers—though not the sort of fences you might expect. Check out the 3-min teaser for Borderski the film.

Team

Rebecca Haspel, Kate Harris, and Alison Criscitiello: the Borderski trio, aka Fanny Pack, seen here sunburnt and euphoric after chasing Marco Polo sheep through the Pamir mountains.

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