|In October 2003, a compact Russian expedition led by Alexander Odintsov attempted to scale the formidable North Face of Jannu 7710m. Although unsuccessful, the team set an impressive highpoint of 7200m before retreating due to avalanche danger. |
Not one to give up lightly though, Odintsov is planning to return at the end of March to settle the score once and for all with this Himalayan big wall. Russian style, and in all earnest.
And, talking about serious Russian undertakings, the Everest North Face expedition has just completed its acclimatisation process, by climbing Ama Dablam 6856m. Three parties topped out during the a spell of good weather, and the expedition is currently returning to Lukla, from where they will continue on to Kathmandu and then Everest.
Full reports and photo courtesy of www.mountain.ru
Jannu North Face Expedition Spring 2004
Alexandre Odintsov, S-Peterburg - leader
Alexandre Ruchkin, S-Peterburg - climber
Michail Pershin, S-Peterburg/Ekaterinburg - climber
Nikolay Totmyanin, S-Peterburg - climber
Dmitry Pavlenko, Moscow/Ekaterinburg - climber
Alexey Bolotov, Ekaterinburg - climber
Sergey Borisov, Ekaterinburg - climber
Gennadi Kirievsky, Ekaterinburg - climber
Mikhail Mikhaylov, Bishkek - camera-man