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Spent a fascinating week in Kurdistan and Northern Iraq with @theultrarunnergirl visiting the work of the NGO she founded @freetorunngo (more on that later) in and around Erbil.

As a part of the world still dealing with the fallout of years of ongoing conflict and the violence and oppression of ISIS most recently, Covid adds just another complex challenge for those living here: not least for those internally displaced from homes across Iraq to which it is still too dangerous to return, like Mosul and Sinjar.

It’s a privilege to have been able to visit, particularly with the world as it is right now. It was a short trip, yet full of many surprises, culture and unexpected landscapes. Erbil is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world with around 7000 years of history.

Here a Kurdish soldier greeted us on the top of the mountain we’d run up in the scorching heat (at over 2000m altitude), asking for photos and offering us water despite the daytime fasting of Ramadan.

More posts to come...
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Just a small dot in a large ocean of sky.
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Thanks to @tom__livingstone and @flyingchamonix for a fun pre-work home and fly. Was all great until I landed in a big pile of 💩

📸 @theultrarunnergirl
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If you’ve got an itch... ...

The rays of dru and dawn. ...

Unsure where the cloud stops and @giantsummit.guide’s vapour trail starts! He can only see a straight line to untracked powder in front. ...

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Top quality day on the Pointe de Bella Cha NW face in the Aravis. It doesn’t get much better! ...

Sunday sofa working. A little distracted by the view. ...

More pre work 🍦🍦🍦 ...

Why ski powder when you can ski air? ...

Pow pow pow
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All the snow, from powder to nice hoar (🚨if it snows on top!) to grim crust down the Col de la Forclaz above Sallanches.

Felt like a long day out after a huge and tiring week with @oaknational. Now over 1 million UK pupils a day 🤯 using the platform we built in the first lockdown to help ensure that no pupil in the UK misses a lesson due to Covid-19.

📸 @mattgroom1
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