Ambitions and Mountain Peaks
Belarusian mountaineers conquer Everest
— A truly great victory! exclaims the head of the Belarusian Federation of Mountaineering, Alexander Godlevsky. He is not even trying to cover his emotions.
— Viktor Lutov, Vladislav Kagan, Vladimir Telpuk and Mikhail Melnikov performed a real miracle, he adds.
Belarusians had been on top of Everest earlier: back in 1998 Viktor Kulbachenko, a member of the national mountaineering team of Uzbekistan, conquered the highest mount on Earth. However, eight years ago the routes were all developed and financed by Uzbeks, while the recent climb was exclusively Belarusian.
— The guys had been getting ready for Everest for about a month, Godlevsky said. Normally expeditions to Everest count up to 50 climbers, including guides, carriers, etc., but the four our compatriots managed without anyone’s help.
According to the head of the Belarusian Federation of Mountaineering, Alexander Godlevsky, this has been a very significant achievement, as the four Belarusians climbed the whole way from the base camp to the top without carriers, unlike most of the Himalayan expeditions. They were carrying the cargo from the base camp to the intermediary camps and advanced camps themselves. The “Snow Leopard” (who climbed the five 7,000-meter peaks of the former USSR), Mikhail Melnikov was unlucky: he had to stay in the last camp to the summit and was replaced by the Russian climber Nikolai Totmyanin, who reached the top of Everest without an oxygen mask. The two couples reached the peak with a day’s gap, and two Belarusian banners were set on top of the world.
by Dmitry Komashko