12 August 2008 XXXI
Khamsin Molossia News

The Government of the Republic of Molossia is proud to announce the re-founding of an old institution, the Molossian Geographical Society. The Molossian Geographical Society is dedicated to exploring the Earth and sharing its wonders with the world. The Society was originally founded in 1998 XXI; it entered a period of dormancy in 2000 XXIII, and was re-founded in August 2008 XXXI. The Society is dedicated to launching expeditions and conducting scientific fieldwork, with a goal of public education. The Society is not limited to exploring the natural world, but endeavors to investigate the human world as well. Their goal is always "to see what's over that next hill".

On August 11th, 2008 XXXI, the Molossian Geographical Society launched its first expedition in many years, to explore the nearby Molossian Alps. This was the inaugural expedition of the revived Molossian Geographical Society.

The goal of the expedition was distant Mount Prosciutto in the Molossian Alps, known also as the Virginia Range. The expedition toiled up First Hill, which has an excellent view of the Dayton Valley, in which the Republic of Molossia lies. From First Hill, the expedition climbed upward toward the crest of Disappointment Ridge, so named because at the crest of this ridge is where our intrepid explorers discovered that they were on the wrong hill. To reach Mount Prosciutto, the party would have to descend into a deep ravine, and then ascend the mountain. There was no other recourse, so this is exactly what they did. From Disappointment Ridge, the expedition descended to Stone Creek, which was dry, and became the route back down the canyon, to begin the ascent of Mount Prosciutto. The climb took them through One Tree Notch, an interesting sandstone structure, before finally arriving at the summit of Mount Prosciutto. After lunch and a requisite photo op at the summit, the expedition started down toward Molossia. The route took them down Mine Hill, and home to Molossia, hot and tired, but accomplished.

We are quite proud of the Molossian Geographical Society, and of its inaugural expedition. We look forward to many Society projects and expeditions for years to come.

Visit the Molossian Geographical Society's website here.

The Goal - Mount Prosciutto

Ascending First Hill

One Tree Notch, Mount Prosciutto

Atop Mount Prosciutto

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