January 22, 2013
Ivan Dusharin
Ivan Dusharin on Antarctica: Part 1

01.12.2012 We’re in Spain. Everything’s been going pretty well, but we had to wait more than 11 hours for our connecting flight. Max had the foresight to bring along an inflatable mattress, so we all took turns sleeping on the airport floor. It felt good and it felt right, especially for me, as I hadn’t really slept well for a number of days. ...

December 19, 2012
На вершине финальной горы проекта - масссиве Винсона
Lyudmila Korobeshko: Notes from Antarctica

The team only managed to get their photos and video clips to us after returning to Punta Arenas (Chile) from Vinson Massif. Unfortunately, connecting to the internet is still a problem in Antarctica. There, the only way to get in touch with the “mainland” is with a satellite phone, although the signal often cuts out. Nonetheless, the team managed ...

December 17, 2012
Antarctica: It Was Cold, It Was Tough, But It Was Fun

Before our team flew out to Antarctica, we asked them to share some of their thoughts regarding Vinson Massif. The area around the mountain is a pretty unique place and a popular destination for adventure travelers, but for a number of reasons, including the extremely high cost, only a select few are able to make the trip. The rest of us can only ...

December 14, 2012
Ivan Dusharin
We Were the Last to Get a Shot at the Summit

Ivan Dusharin from Team Alpari just checked in with us from Union Glacier in Antarctica. We just flew out of Vinson Base Camp to Union Glacier, where a larger Il-76 plane should be arriving soon. It was great that we managed to make it to the summit. The groups after us weren’t able to make the climb, as the weather really took a turn for the worse. ...

December 13, 2012
Has the World Record Gone to Lyudmila’s Head?

Hey guys! It’s Maxim Shakirov. So, here are the details Lyudmila didn’t have the time to get into on the summit. The final climb was long and quite difficult. I suppose we did get lucky with the weather though. It wasn’t really too cold – maybe -32 or -33 degrees, with winds around 30 kilometers per hour. It turns out that’s not too strong ...

December 11, 2012
Alpari team (MacKinley top!)
Happy Mountain Day! Oh Yeah… Vinson is Ours!

What better way to celebrate International Mountain Day than with a record-breaking climb? Lyudmila Korobeshko, Ivan Dusharin and Maxim Shakirov of Team Alpari unfurled the Alpari flag atop the summit of Antarctica’s Mount Vinson on December 11 at 22:32 Moscow time, capping off their year-long campaign to bag the Seven Summits in under 300 days. From ...

December 11, 2012
Antarctica: The Hour Is Near

Team Alpari has made it into High Camp. From here, there’s one final stretch remaining – one long, snow and ice-covered stretch. However, if the team can endure the frigid Antarctic winds and clear just one more kilometer of altitude, they will earn themselves a spot in the record books. They’re all starting to feel it now: the summit is calling. We ...

December 10, 2012
A Little Calm before the Final Push!

Hey guys. It’s Lyudmila Korobeshko, checking in from Vinson Massif in Antarctica. We took the day off today, just like we had wanted to. So far, everything has been going according to plan for the most part. The only problem has been the weather. Although the forecasts had said it would be sunny with no wind, it has been cloudy and snowing non-stop. ...

December 9, 2012
Maxim Shakirov – 1 Kilometer of Acclimatization

Hey guys. It’s Maxim Shakirov, reporting from Antarctica. What’s there to say? Today we climbed from Low Camp (2,900 m) to High Camp (3,900 m) to get in a little acclimatization and to dump off some of our stuff. We’ll begin our final climb to the summit from High Camp. We had to make it through 12 very long and very difficult fixed ropes ...

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