8000 Meters Facts
Summits Club in Russia Expedition Summits Mt Vinson
Group led by Sergey Kofanov and Ludmila Korobeshko has climebed Mount
Vinson (Antarctica)! How it was ...
On Jan 2, 2009 at 17.00 (Chilean time), the third team 7 Summit Club stood on
the top of Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Despite a sharp frost and wind All 10
people were able to reach that summit. As a result, they made several records:
first Mogul has climbed the highest point of Antarctica, Lyudmila Korobeshko
became the first Russian woman to complete the 7 Summits project and Italian
Lorenzo Goriano also finished 7 Summits project.
And now a little more about this expedition: On December 26, late in the
evening we flew to Antarctica after more than ten days expectation of flying
weather in Punta Arenas. And next day early in the morning we landed at
Patriot Hills. We met Sergei Kofanov there, who had spent in Antarctica about
three weeks. He had prepared to us hearty welcome and ready tents. So we
didn't lose time and went to bed.
December 29, Only after two days early in the morning we were able to fly at
Vinson BC . Than we burdened sled and went to Low Camp (2800). We spent about
six (for some people eight) hours for this trip. Next day, December 30, we
had a heroic march to the High Camp (3800m). On this way we used fixed ropes
and crampons. It was the first experience with fixed ropes and crampons for
representative of Mongolia - Ganhu, but he licked this problem.
December 31, according to plan, we had a day of rest and celebration New Years
- first in Mongolia (Santa Claus was Ganhu Gendendaram), then to Ekaterinburg
(Santas - Gregory Korisch, Andrew Suetin, Sergey Kofanov and Snegurochka -
Olga Boreykina), followed by Moscow (Santa Claus again Sergey Kofanov,
Snegurochka - Lyudmila Korobeshko), and then on Kiev (Grandfather Frost -
Vladimir Stepashko), followed by Italy (Santa Claus - Lorenzo Goriano), and
two American new years (Santa Claus - Bill Tyler and James Uald -Wild).
Chilean new year we celebrated by the explosion of a champagne bottle, playing
volleyball and chess, and small gifts, surprises for every participant.
January 1, the group moved to High Camp. In the evening we received weather
forecast, the weather was going bed, wind intensification (up to 40 kilometers
per hour) was expected. Some groups had decided to abandon the climb. But
Sergey had decided to go in any case and it was justified decision. We started
about 9 am and we were on top at 5 pm. Some participants even shed tears -
because it was their dream, dream which had seemed unrealizable for a long
A few hours later, we went down to High Camp. Sergey heard about expected wind
intensification and decided to descend to Camp Lowe. It also was right
decision, because all other groups spent the night in High Camp, and after
that they could not go because of the strong wind during about two days.
Leaving out not important details, I can say that on Jan. 9 after a long
waiting of airplanes our team arrived in Punta Arenas.
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