Voices from Russia

Sunday, 6 September 2015

MChS Rossii Issued Certificate to Rename Peak to DNR Climbers after Conquering Caucasian Peak

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Today, expedition leader Oleg Paly told us that his party of mountaineers received a preliminary certificate to rename a peak in the Caucasus after the Republic, saying:

We’ve received a certificate from the MChS Rossii authorising the rename, but the real work is still ahead of us. We have to reach agreement on an official name for the peak with the RF Mountaineering Federation… we’ve already passed on the necessary photos and our route map.

Paly noted that they carried out the climb on the unnamed mountain (3,795 metres-high (12,450 feet-high)) as part of a project “The DNR Flag over World Mountaintops”, timed to the Day of Liberation of the Donbass, saying:

We began our climb on 27 August and unfurled our flag on 1 September. In fact, the approach to the mountain took longer than the ascent itself. There were melting glaciers and rockfalls everywhere, we had to change our route, and attack the peak from the other side. The ascent was of the second-hardest (out of six possible categories) category, but those who’ll come after us will find it easier going.

Earlier, DNR mountaineers conquered Mount Elbrus, were they also hoisted the DNR flag. That event coincided with the Day of the Great Victory over Fascism. They later topped off at Mount Kazbek in Georgia. Then, they announced their plan of conquering an unnamed peak in the Russian Federation, followed by an application for awarding it the name of “Mount Donetsk Peoples Republic”. Originally, the climbers wanted to tackle one of the over-5,000-metre (16,405-feet) peaks, but it turned out that all the mountains of that size already had names.

5 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/mchs-rf-vydalo-alpinistam-dnr-sertifikat-o-prisvoenii-kavkazskomu-piku-imeni-respubliki.html

Sunday, 8 July 2012

8 July 2012. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words. And You Thought That YOU Had a Nasty Commute…

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Here’s the mountain road from Patiopoulo to Perdikaki in Greece, it rises to a final elevation of 1,160 metres (3,805 feet), rising some 460 metres (1,510 feet) from its original elevation. In addition to the winding road, which is quite bad enough, drivers deal with slippery gravel, potholes, and cattle, who completely ignore the traffic rules and cross the road where they damned well please. This terrain is so inhospitable that there has be a monastery around somewhere…

BMD

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