American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Russia, Caucasus, Ski Traverse

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1938

Ski Traverse. Three members of the Austrian Ski Club made a notable traverse on skis of the central chain of the Caucasus this past summer. Hugo and Fred Rössner, and Anton Hromatka started from the Terek Valley on June 1st, and skied via the Khrumkol and Bezingi Glaciers to Misses Kosh in the Bezingi Valley. Thence via the Zanner Pass, Kitlod, Tuiber, and Tot Glaciers, the Bashil Pass, Leksur Glacier, Jantugan Icefall and Pass they proceeded to Adyl Su in the Baksan Valley where they arrived on June 11th, a total trip of some 50 miles with ascents totaling 23,000 ft. Although only one very short section had ever been skied before, it was necessary to carry the skis only three times over very short rocky ridges. When it is realized that the trip was carried out in the face of bad weather the performance becomes even more creditable.

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