THE OPEN CAUCASUS
latest step of the project - Shkhelda in March, 2002
Now that the words "Caucasus" and "war"
became synonyms for many
people, there comes the haunting desire to separate them and
this wonderful world as mountaineers see it, not the media.
During my 18 years of climbing I have often been to Caucasus,
each visit created indelible, ever new impressions. After
ascents in the Pamirs, Tien Shan, Alps, Norway, Himalayas
Karakoram one gets in a position to compare and analyze and
the basis of the project. I want the Caucasus to be open,
to everyone on the Earth.
the head of the project
Photo by Ludmila Koshelenko
Aims and tasks
call the attention of climbers and mountain lovers all over the
world to the Caucasus, thus instigating the wave of a positive interest
in the region.
update the existing information on the route conditions of different
areas of the Greater Caucasus, taking into account the seasonal
changes and climatic dynamics.
To do in the Caucasus in 2001-2003 a series of extreme climbs
in a rope of two or solo with the photo and video material published
in the media and Internet after or, quite likely, during the climbs
themselves. Joint ascents of Caucasus walls with climbers from
level of carrying out
new routes on the known Caucasus walls and doing them in a good
Making detailed maps and descriptions of the region with a lot
a book about the Caucasus with a big historical part. Making videos
about each stage of the project. Carrying out press-conferences.
boost the project, it is going to be announced and presented as
a traditional thing in the climbing world - a "challenge". Within
the latter certain climbing objects for the coming year plus the
climbing style will be suggested.
Several climbs of new routes of grades 4A-5A to train the younger
generation will be on the schedule.
Yuri Koshelenko - head
of the project
Bobok - member, a new route in party with Yuri on Shkhelda (North
Face of Second West Tower)
- Reconnaissance in Dombay area
- Shkhelda, ascent in memory of Alex Lowe
- Volnaya Ispaniya and Ullu-Kara peaks (probably between Kharinyak
- Shkhelda again
- Mt. Fisht
- On the north-west wall of Yerydag there appeared a new route
called "Northern Edge" (1200 m., VI, 5.10, A2+).
address: Yuri Koshelenko
by Yuri Kolomiets Yuri Koshelenko