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Russian Everest North Face update
12:08 p.m. EST Mar 3, 2004
Yes, there was time to party in Kathmandu! But today the Russians are leaving Kathmandu for Lhukla. They'll trek to Ama Dablam and climb it for acclimatization. Mountain.Ru just send a word that they received a brief update from the team along with a bunch of pics. Check them out!

Perhaps the most exciting expedition on Everest this spring will be the Russians. A crack team will be attempting Everest via the center of the North Face. This is a severe, technical climb to the left of the Hornbein/Japanese couloir. The guys are going straight up, on a clean and lofty face. The technical difficulty of the route along with the extreme altitude makes this one of the most difficult challenges in mountaineering.

The expedition is a Russian dream team. There is previous Everest summiteers, Golden Ice Axe winners, and many, many 8000m veterans. Koshelenko, who just made the first summit of Nuptse East will be on the team as well. The Russians also have a young 22 year old Alexey Bukinich Koshelenko pulled for him, and he made the team.

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