First external ascent of 2016 by Armenian mountaineers

The first external summiting attempt of 2016 was performed by Artashes Aramazd Mkrtchyan to Mt. Elbrus during January 5-9, 2016 after his two attempts in 2015 - of whih one has been successful.According to Artashes, over 25 mountaineers (solo or groups) some of them with 8000m and plus experience tried to puch up to the Summit several times but no one could make it to due to absence of an appropriate window.

After experiencing 30-40 km/hr wind speed, -30 to -35 degree celicius of freezing weather and walking on thick blueish layer of ice, Artashes descended back from 5100 meters.

Wishing him safe ascends & descends on his future attempts.


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Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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