Sughra Yazdani fled the fall of Afghanistan in late 2021. A climber and involved community leader, her evacuation was made possible by Afghanistan Ascend, Leadership Through Athletics, a not-for-profit female climbing organization. Now, Yazdani hopes to pursue higher education here in the states.
Thousands of activists now face persecution in Afghanistan. Some of them are climbers.
The team at Ascend, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, is working to ensure the safety of its staff and students.
In 2010, Mike Libecki set out for Afghanistan alone to tackle a series of remote first ascents. It would lead him to the closest call he's ever had in his life.