“Shaan Kaya in Crimea is another cult place and another playground for several generations of Soviet and post-Soviet climbers. The route name, Hyperborea (Russian grade 6a, or French grade 7a, A3+, 300m), refers to a place in Greek mythology where people lived beyond the North Wind. The famous Ukrainian pioneer Igor Chaplinskiy and his partner Alex Samoded started working on this line in the 1980s. The first ascent wasn’t completed until 2001. This photo was taken in late 2000.” [Photo] Anna Piunova
This week as part of the #alpinistcommunityproject we’re sharing work fromAnna Piunova. Anna lives in Moscow, Russia, and has edited Mountain.RU, the premier climbing website for Russian-language speakers, since 1999. Piunova writes, “When Mountain.RU first launched, it was nothing more than a few people with an idea to build an online space where everybody could share mountaineering experiences and passion with others. But it has since grown to become a massive portal…for staying up to date with what’s happening in the mountaineering world.” The site also hosts stories about other mountain pursuits, including skiing, snowboarding, trekking and trail running, in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, among others.
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