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THE OPEN CAUCASUS

The head of the project - Yuri Koshelenko

Project description

MARCH, 2002: ASCENSIONS IN SHKHELDA REGION

My project "Open Caucasus " intends, beside of my own ascensions, the participation of the wellknown climbers from the whole World, for they could estimate the situation and climbing prospects of Caucasus and inform them through mass media to people.

Shurovsky Peak

Peak Shurovsky and Shkhelda North Face

 

Therefore, as the next step in this project, I have invited the American climber Karlos Buhler and his friend Spaniard Joan Sole' for fulfilment of ascensions on Caucasus in March of this year. They have arrived. Accomodation in hotels on Caucasus
and transfer by car were settled by my sponsor from Rostovs-Don.
I was helped by my friend climber
Igor Politiko. It was our first joint experience, and I felt the heavy responsibility for my friends.

From 3rd of March till 24th of March were accomplished:

  • The ascension on Peak of Caucasus (4037m),
  • Karlos and Joan - premiere at the ice cascade in a Shkhelda valley ,
  • The attempt to open the new route on peak Nauka (Science) (4200 m) This top belongs to Massif Shkhelda, difference of heights 1450m.
    After we climbed 500 m on height, we have been forced to turn back because of the strong snowfall (4 days) and avalanches danger.
  • On 16 -18th of March I had to be in Moscow, on the presentation of the film "Russian 8000-Peak" about the first ascent the Lhotse Middle.
    During this time my friends have ascended
    the West top of Elbrus (5642 m), which is considered as the highest point of Europe.

Camp on Shkhelda

Camp on Shkhelda 03.13.02

 

  • After my returning from Moscow we have made the second attempt of opening of a new route at the North Face of Shkhelda , but again have cathed the strong and long snowfall. This March on the Central Caucasus was quite abnormal, very warmly, constantly low atmospheric pressure and lots of snow.
    In spite of that, we had realized the minimum of the program, Karlos and Joan have acquanted themself with Caucasus very close, and I hope the
    information about this small expedition will appear on the pages of press with their help.
On words Karlos Buhler - It is Caucasus mountain region with the huge opportunities.

I am very glad to our friendship and understanding.

Best regards, Yury.


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