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Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States (C.I.S.), Russia, Caucasus, Mt. Western Doppah, Northeast Face/Northeast Ridge

Mt. Western Doppah, Northeast Face/Northeast Ridge. From July 21-27, a team from the Moscow mountain club Strannik (“pilgrim”) comprised of V. Zadokhin, leader; V. Doolnev, M. Borschev, V. Polivko, A. Filipov and P. Yatsenko established a new route via the right part of the northeast face/northeast ridge of Mt. Western Doppah (4389m). The route goes along the right-hand side of the 600-meter buttress, where the climbers encountered a lot of small waterfalls and wet rock. Mt. Western Doppah is in the Digoria region; it is part of the Suganskiy range of the Central Caucasus and is part of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic (the Besengi region is to the west). The area has not been visited much in the last ten years.

Vladimir Shataev, Russian Mountaineering Federation