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Big Walling Russians to make second attempt on Jannu
10:42 a.m. EST Mar 15, 2004
On March, 17 a press conference devoted to the eighth stage of the project "Big Wall- Russian Way" will announce the second attempt of the Russian team on the North face of Jannu peak (7710 m, East Himalayas).

This peak is also called Peak of Horror. Many teams of the world's best climbers have tried to summit the North Face of Jannu, but it remains unclimbed.

In the autumn of the last year the Russian climbers managed to reach the record altitude - 7200 meters. But the team led by Alexander Odintsov does not consider that record the victory they strove for. Only a completely laid "Russian" route can satisfy them. They are sure that such an ascent will become a symbol of the highest climbing skill, a connection of brilliant techniques with hard work at high altitudes.

Recalling their trip through the ice-fall last year, Alexander Odintsov, the team leader, said, “It was terribly terrible. It is indescribable! Every time, you had to force yourself to move. You reached the safe part on the serac, and there was something to the right and to the left of you. You thought that you had only to traverse that way and to climb the serac, then to rappel from it to a crevasse; climb the next reeling serac and then to rappel again into a crevasse. Then there was another serac and you needed to move to the next serac on fixed rope… It was indescribably terrible. The seracs were really hanging above you, above your head, here - just about ready to fall… And the most interesting thing is that they were falling with certain regularity. There were 15 collapses a day as Ivan Samoylenko counted.”

The press conference will take place on March, 17 at 13.00 in the press center of ITAR-TASS: Sadovaya Street, 38. Information and accreditation on phones 310-94-34, 312-18-76

The "Big Wall- Russian Way" Project has its sights set on twelve of the world's biggest walls. They've currently accomplished seven of the twelve and will be going for Jannu's unclimbed wall - 7710m. A mountain wall is a natural occurring precipice of more than 1000m vertical and with a steepness of more than 70°.

Photo of the Jannu North Face route courtesy of mountain.ru

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