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Russian Adventure Team summit Everest
09:11 a.m. EDT May 28, 2003
Yesterday the Russianís efforts finally paid off, Bidzina Gudjabidze and Vasili Elagin (picture) hoisted the Alpindustria flag on the summit. The climb was very windy and at one point the team thought that they would miss out on the summit yet another time. But the roughed Russians rode the storm out and the expedition was successful.

When many other teams gave up after the storm destroyed their tents, the Russians stayed. When other teams left base camp after a failed summited attempt, the Russians stayed. Their perseverence has paid off this year.

Alexander Abramov reports from ABC, Everest North Side:

"27 May. The banner of Alpindustria was set on the summit of Everest. Elagin and Gudjabidze ascended to the summit. This success pertains to all the members of our expedition. Everest has proved us one more time how it is difficult and severe. Such bad weather has not been for many years. Gudjabidze descended to the ABC. It is the end of the message, Bye"

This expedition is part of a new project called the, "Russian Adventure Team." Their goal is to climb the seven summits of the seven continents - The first peak climbed was Mt. Elbrus this past January 8th and then Kilimanjaro. After Everest, they will head to Carstensz Pyramid.

Dispatch translated and forwarded by our friends at Mountain.ru

Image of Elagin courtesy of Mountain.ru

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