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Asia, Turkestan, The Bear that Climbs

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  • Publication Year: 1951

The Bear that Climbs. Russian climbers who made the first ascent of a 15,770-ft. peak in Russian Turkestan promptly named it, according to a midsummer dispatch from Tass, for the Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse Tung.

Russian explorers have reported a hitherto unknown mountain range in eastern Siberia near the source of the Indigirka River, in an area long considered to be in winter one of the coldest in the world. This range is said to be 90 miles long and 45 miles wide, and to include peaks over 9000 ft. high.

Three special dispatches from Robert Trumbull in New Delhi, printed in the New York Times on 22-24 November 1950, described recent Russian surveys apparently intended to facilitate establishment of air bases in western Tibet.

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