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  Russian Aconcagua 2004


On the 31st of January the members of the project "Adventure Team Alpindustria" leave for two highest tops of the continents.

The first group of 11 persons under the leadership of Kiril Staravoitev flies out in direction to Tanzania for climbing the highest peak of Africa - Kilimanjaro (5895 m). The second group of 18 persons under the leadership of Ludmila Korobeshko and the captain of the team Aleksandor Abramov make the way towards Argentina for ascension the highest peak of the South and North America - Aconcagua (6959m). We are planning to transmit the daily news about the expedition from the Aconcagua. Follow the news!

Update 1: News from Aconcagua Expedition of Russian Moscow Adventure Team of Alpindustria under the leadership of Alexander Abramov and Ludmila Korobeshko. Alexander Abramov reports: "1, February.

What a pleasure to fly out from cold and snow-covered Moscow and appeared in warm Barcelona! We are all delighted with palms and fifteen degrees above zero. Spaniards drove us to the intransitive zone where we should waste our time waiting for the flight towards Buenos Aires without entrainments for nine hours watching through the windows the palms and the sea. Our team of Adventure with the cry "Boarding" seeped through the boundary sentry boxes. Freedom!!! We enjoyed for four hours with the seashore, seagulls, the local food, drinks and took part in the demonstration. When we returned at the airport the frontier guards were so surprised that passed us without visas. At first time I was on such big plane "The Boeing". There are 70 rows for ten seats. Who said that Russia is on the first place of aircraft construction? Good Bye."

Update 2: News from Aconcagua Expedition of Russian Adventure Team of Alpindustria from Moscow under the leadership of Alexander Abramov and Ludmila Korobeshko. Alexander Abramov reports: "1, February. After 14 hours of flight without landing for sometime there is not also neck but also coccygeal pain. Here is Argentina!!! Summer!!! Buenos Aires is the beautiful, green city with wide avenues and narrow streets built-up with houses of 19-21st centuries. There is a restaurant on the sea front, which is titled "Catch up the cow". You can take one liter of wine and meat as much as you are able to eat. After two hours of such meal we had to send for a stretcher and the city seemed to be more sparkling. As if you know what a pleasure this city! In the street we met a lot of Russians and Ukrainians even the dancer of tango turned out to be Russian. Can you guess who plays thimbles in the street? It's Chechens. Good Bye.

Update 3: News from Aconcagua Expedition of Russian Adventure Team of Alpindustria from Moscow under the leadership of Alexander Abramov and Ludmila Korobeshko. Alexander Abramov reports: "2, February. At 6.30 a.m. we flight out towards Mendoza. But in Moscow of course time is 12.30 a.m.. The guide Heber Orona met our team. He ascended the Everest in 1999 year and two years ago climbed Elbrus. Argentina guides are strong and we will be guided by August Ortega. He ascended the Everest twice and Aconcagua 73 times. Mendoza is fulled with verdure. Such words as climbing, rafting and trekking are understood without translation. We have bought the permits of the ascension at the mountain. It is cost 200$ for one person. Every member of our team had to visit the national government park personally for receiving the permit. So it was to late to step back!!! Good Bye.

Update 4: News from Aconcagua Expedition of Russian Adventure Team of Alpindustria from Moscow under the leadership of Alexander Abramov and Ludmila Korobeshko. Alexander Abramov reports: "3, February. After endless flights and journeys we took advantage of the opportunity to sleep till 9 o'clock. In the morning we were woken up by strange noise. The street cleaners were sweeping the streets with help of palm twigs. It took us six hours to get from Mendoza to mountaineering resort Penitence with a stop for a dinner consisted of a big piece of fish and a bottle of red wine per one man. The reality of life destroys the dream to loose the weight. I would like to say some words about the prices here. In 1996 when I was at the Aconcagua one peso amounted to one dollar and the prices were extremely high for us but after the crisis in 2000 year the peso fell down and now amounts to 3 dollars so the prices the same as we have in Russia. The way is leading through the mountain gorge and near there is a longstanding narrow-gauge railway, in some places streams washed out the embankment and railings are in the air. Along this way you can reach the border with Chili and to Santiago it is no distance. Penitence is a mountaineering resort its altitude is 27000 m high. We have organized the acclimatization and climbed at the altitude of 3000m. All the members of our team feel good. The mules will come tomorrow and we moved further. Good Bye."

 

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