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Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States (C.I.S.), Russia, Caucasus, Mt. Shkhara, North Face, New Route

Mt. Shkhara, North Face, New Route. Mt. Shkhara (5068m) lies in the Besengi region of the Central Caucasus. Valery Shamalo and Robert Krymskiy from St. Petersburg climbed a new route via the north face through the so-called “Bottle” from July 22-27. The route on the 1500-meter snow/ice face climbs along very steep rock and ice slopes in the shape of a bottle. During the climb, in the lower part of the face, a small avalanche caught the group, but they were not hurt. They took a few short falls on the fixed rope and were hit a few times by rockfall. The beginning of the steep rock face had a waterfall section that soaked the climbers.

Vladimir Shataev, Russian Mountaineering Federation