Maxim is a mountain climber, a member of the “7 Summits Club” and a photographer. He was born on November 24, 1967, in Noginsk, Russia. He graduated from the Institute of Sports Education with a specialty in pentathlon coaching. He has been climbing mountains since 1996.
“I was really into skiing and one day I thought to myself: if it’s that much fun sliding from the top to the bottom, then it must be just as interesting getting from the bottom to the top,” explained Maxim.
In 2007, Maxim Shakirov did his part in Sochi’s bid for the 2014 Olympic Games by placing a Sochi flag atop some of the world’s tallest mountains. In less than half a year, Shakirov managed to plant the Sochi flag on mountains in five continents: South America (Aconcagua, 6,692 m), Europe (Elbrus, 5,642 m), Australia (Kosciuszko, 2,228 m), Africa (Kilimanjaro, 5,895 m) and Asia (Everest, 8,848 m). This promotional stunt was intended to show the world just how serious Russia was about hosting the Olympic Games. When it came time for the 119th IOC session, the Russian prime minister took the flag with him to Guatamala City, where it was to be announced that.Sochi would host the 2014 Olympic Games.
Maxim is the only person in the world who has spent New Year’s Eve on top of a mountain for each of the past 12 years. This is all part of his “New Year’s on the Summit” project.
The idea dates back to 1999. “The new millennium was approaching and I thought to myself: this event should be met in a worthy location. An expedition was organized to the highest point in Europe. On December 31, 2000, at 23:30 Moscow time, we reached the western peak of Elbrus,” said Maxim. This was the first recorded winter midnight ascent to the highest point in Russia and the “First New Year’s Ascent”, as recorded in his certificate from the Russian Book of Records.
Shakirov is certain. How you bring in the New Year determines how you will spend the New Year. If you believe conventional wisdom, you could say that Maxim has spent the past decade “on a high”.
Maxim’s New Year’s Climbs:
2001 – Elbrus (Russia)
2002 – Mont Blanc (Italy/France)
2003 – Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
2004 – Aconcagua (Argentina)
2005 – Fuji (Japan)
2006 – Chimborazo (Ecuador)
2007 – Olympus (Greece)
2008 – Ojos del Salado (Argentina/Chile)
2009 – Zugspitze (Germany)
2010 – Toubkal (Morocco)
2011 – Aigba Mountain (Russia)
2012 – Hoverla (Ukraine)