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Yuri and Valery already thinking of new plans
11:42 a.m. EST Nov 12, 2003
The Russian duo is safe in Kathmandu after completing the first ascent of Nuptse East, 7804m, formerly the highest known unclimbed mountain in the world.

They had their meeting with the Liz Hawley to put their ascent in her little black book. Before coming down to Kathmandu, the team celebrated Valery’s birthday in Lukla and treated some folks to pieces of pie cooked by their cook, Pasang. Interestingly enough, the expedition started with Yuri’s birthday and ended with Valery’s.

The two climbers plan to arrive in Moscow, no doubt to a warm welcome, on November 15th.

”Objectively I consider this ascent as a high class climbing, but not because that we made it. Our forces gradually come back to us. We are already thinking about new plans. The energy of success is, certainly, a magic energy. People say, that perfect persons can precisely use the energy of failure with the same result!?”

Happy greetings to you all.
Yury, Valery 11.11.2003

This was Valery Babanov's third attempt on the peak in one year. Prior to Nuptse East, 7804m, Babanov made a remarkable solo first ascent on northern wall of Meru Central peak (the ‘shark fin’) in 2001. Joining him this year is Yuri Koshelenko.

Image of Yuri and Valery, and translation of the team’s dispatch courtesy of our friends at Mountain.ru




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