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Urubko's/Bolotov's new route (red) marked by Denis on a picture shot by his climbing mate Simone Moro during Moro's fly by of the Nuptse ridge last spring. Climbers on the normal route (south side) will be able to watch the two pioneers from camp 2.
Image by Simone Moro and Denis Urubko courtesy Denis Urubko and Alexei Bolotov
Denis (right): ”We think [the Rock pillar 7700 - 7900] will present quite complex and difficult rock climbing. The average inclination of the section is estimated as being near 60 degrees. We hope to climb it in one day.”
Image by Andrey Verkhovod courtesy Andrey Verkhovod
This season Denis Urubko hopes to repeat Everest via a new route. The line was drawn by Denis on a photograph of Everest’s South-West Wall made by Simone Moro from approximate altitude of 8200 during his solo flight by helicopter along Nuptse ridge in Spring 2012. Urubko and his climbing partner Alexei Bolotov will be well visible from the Western Cwm area of traditional Everest Camp 2.
Image by Simone Moro and Denis Urubko courtesy Denis Urubko and Alexei Bolotov
Denis: “Probably [the notorious Rock Band 8200 – 8400] will be the most intricate and challenging section of the entire route."
Image by Alexander Zyryanov courtesy Andrey Verkhovod
As to duration needed to scale the Rock Band, Alexei Bolotov said simply: "We cannot estimate the time even given our natural born optimism :-)”
Image by Alexander Zyryanov courtesy Andrey Verkhovod
Andrey: "In my view, it will be psychologically much easier for the guys if they know that their progress is watched by the interested observers that are well informed on their plans."
Image by Alexander Zyryanov courtesy Andrey Verkhovod
Father Alexander and Alexei Bolotov. In the background is the church of Father Alexander's parish. In 2006 Denis helped to mount the Cross on the church top.
courtesy Alexei Bolotov

Denis Urubko and Alexei Bolotov: The Everest new route Game Plan

Posted: Apr 07, 2013 09:28 pm EDT

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(By Andrey Verkhovod) In February 2013 Denis Urubko and Alexei Bolotov stayed for some time in Almaty (mainly for training) and toward the end of the visit they agreed to discuss their forthcoming attempt at Everest. In November 2012, ExWeb has already posted brief news about their plans and it did cause discussions, not surprisingly – the target was really extraordinary. So, it was quite natural to try to know more on the whole thing. And the guys were cooperative. In fact, that was a rare case when alpinists of that...

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