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The new 7summits newsletter March 2007: Elbrus traverse, stats update and photowebsite

The new 7summits newsletter March 2007: Elbrus traverse, stats update and photowebsite

www.7summits.com irregular newsletter, March 2007

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Hello all you (armchair) Mountaineers!


Here is the irregular 7summits..com newsletter with a new adventure in Russia, new statistics & a new image site.


In this issue:

- Elbrus special expedition: climb from the North and traverse over the mountain.

- Updated Statistics with a new record

- New photo website: ExposedPlanet

- Next newsletter: discount and giveaway


Special Elbrus North-South traverse expedition in July:

All info: http://7summits.com/elbrus/trips.php


The summit of Europe, the 2-headed giant of the Caucasus. A beautiful, non technical mountain that can be climbed by anyone with a good condition and basic glacier skills. If needed, the glacier skills can be acquired during the climbing. The climb will be guided by 7summiteer and 7summits.com owner Harry Kikstra


This time we will not take the crowded Normal route from the South, but we will be climbing from the North. This means:

  • No cable cars and snowcats to take you up close to the summit, we are going on our own power! You can really say you climbed Elbrus after this climb

  • Empty alpine fields, with few people around. Relax in a tranquil Alpine environment. The route is basic Alpine, so not much more technical than the Normal route.

  • We will have more extra days than normal, so we have the best summit chances even with a few bad weather days.


  • We will try to traverse the mountain and go down the Normal route, so we can take the chairlifts or cable car from 4000/3800m as we will have deserved some relaxation of our muscles. Unless you want to do the descend on your own power as well of course :)

  • - This possibility will depend on the weather conditions and the group, but we will do our best to complete the traverse.

Below are the dates for these special 7summits.com Elbrus trips, see the trip page for detail about what is included and what not and use the booking form

Scheduled 13-day Mt. Elbrus tour date and price:


Trip # Dates (season 2007) Open until Full package cost including internal flight
( Moscow - Moscow)
(price is pp, in Euros)
Elbrus Traverse#1 July 21st - July 26th June 1st 2650


Start Date: Date of arrival in Moscow
End Date: Date of flying out of Moscow
Interested? Please use the booking form to reserve a place.

The first people already have signed up and the trip is 100% going ahead. All info: http://7summits.com/elbrus/trips.php



Updated statistics:

We just did a major update of the 7 summits statistics: about a dozen people were added and we are now up to 198 persons on the combined lists! The database files have been updated, you can again sort the statistics yourself to find out how many women from the UK have finished etc.


We also have a new speed record for both the Carstensz as well as the Kosciuszko version. So go to the statistics pages and see all the details here: http://www.7summits.com/7summits_statistics.php



New photo website: ExposedPlanet.com

For those of you who like photography and are interested in culture and nature, you might enjoy www.ExposedPlanet.com the new photoblog of 7summits' Harry Kikstra. One image is added daily with a little anecdote or info about the subject or how the image was taken. You can leave comments and the photo's can be bought as prints or posters. Already 142 images online and growing!


Taschi Dzom Hells Angels, Views 1691Nepali Girl with amazing eyes close up, Views 1281Climbers with sleds on Antarctica, Views 929Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Views 553Tibetan kids in love, Views 535Tibetan Chickensoup, Views 469Chinese borderguard at Tibetan border, Views 461


www.ExposedPlanet.com has just won the first Travvie Award for "Best Photography on a Photoblog" and the first 2 images above are currently both nominated for "Picture of the Year" for the 2007 PhotoBloggies Awards.





The next newsletter will come soon, containing:

- discounts for the new Aconcagua season

- a Carstensz Pyramid climb in August and

- a free giveaway of a copy of a great book by 7 summiteer Jo Gambi,


so read it when you get it!


That's it for now, hope you enjoyed this newsletter, if not, just click the unsubscribe link and you are off



thanks and keep climbing,




Harry Kikstra

Director, www.7summits.com

"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

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