Awesome!! plz go forth and crush! I bet 99% of the naysayers on this thread have never left the United States. In Pakistan we would see stuff like like "Die Americans!!" spray painted on rocks but everywhere we went people were insanely friendly.
Supertopo folks! Your collective wisdom and long networking reach have done it again. Thanks again for everyone that provided the contacts for my information-gathering a few weeks ago. It was fruitful and productive and I have to say that climbers go out of their way to help out newbies like me (which is very much appreciated). My visa went through against all odds, so I'll be spending christmas over on the A. peninsula hopefully getting a little bit of rock clambering in.