Rock climbing wall in Afghanistan

Benafsha, a young Afghan woman, tops out on the new Skateistan rock climbing wall in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Not all news from Afghanistan is bad.

The capital of the war-torn country, Kabul, just got its first indoor climbing wall, installed at a facility run by Skateistan, a non-profit that runs skateboarding and educational programs for Afghan children.

The 20×30-foot climbing wall was built with the support of T-Wall a German company that manufactures climbing equipment.

Two Afghan rock climbers will teach local kids how to climb on the wall, assisted by international volunteers with climbing experience. They are looking for volunteers…

“The future potential for the sport to grow in Afghanistan is exciting, as the country’s landscape boasts many natural wonders to challenge rock climbers of all abilities,” Skateistan wrote on its blog.

A full-length documentary is being made about the school, which was started by Australian skaters Oliver Percovich and Sharna Nolan in 2007. Skateistan: The Movie, will premiere at film festivals in 2011.

In the meantime, check out Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul, a 9-minute documentary about the school filmed earlier this year by Orlando Von Einsiedel:

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Chris Emery is a mutt. Half woodsman, half geek. He spends as much time outdoors as possible. On rainy days, he writes and publishes STRAY.

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