(Correne Coetzer) ANI climbers for Antarctica's highest volcano, Sidley, have left Union Glacier January 15th. Among them is solo and independent Russian climber, Olga Rumyantsev, who is on a quest to climb the Seven Volcanic Summits in one year.
This Antarctic season Olga has already summited Mount Vinson, the highest mountain on Antarctica, twice. Currently she is on phase two of her Antarctic season, attempting Sidley, as part of a project to climb the Seven highest Volcanoes on the Seven Continents in one year.
With a Ph.D. in Economics at Moscow University, Olga worked in Marketing and Analytics. Three years ago she decided to leave the corporate world behind and become a fulltime guide for Alexander Abramov's 7Summits-Club, she told ExplorersWeb on Antarctica at Union Glacier between climbs.
Her love for the mountains started already as a teenager when she read mountaineering books, she said. At Moscow University she joined their Alpine Club.
In December 2012 Olga guided for 7Summits-Club on Vinson; first as assistant-guide for Lyudmila Korobeshko, who bagged a Seven Summit speed record in 293 days. It is a speed record for Russia, Lyudmila earlier said to ExplorersWeb, adding that it also seems to be a female World Speed Record for the Seven Summits. After this climb Olga guided 4 men up Vinson on the V3 rotation.
ExWeb wanted to know why the 7 Volcanoes? "Not many people have done the volcanoes and they are quite unknown compared to the seven highest mountains on the seven continents. Only two people have done the 7 Volcanoes, one Romanian and one Italian."
"Also, it will be fun and interesting to travel alone around the world," Olga added. She says she likes to travel. She likes to visit museums and to get to know new cultures. "When I travel alone I make an effort to get to know the local people. With this project it will be the people near the volcanoes."
After Sidley, with a summit elevation of 4,285 m (14,058 ft), according to Wikipedia,, Olga will head to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (Africa), reaching 5,895m (19,341 ft). Then to Giluve, Papau New Guinea, in May at 4,368 m (14,331 ft); Damavant (Iran), at 5,610 m (18,406 ft) in June; Elbrus, Russia, at 5,642 m (18,510 ft) in August; Orizaba, Mexico, at 5,636 m (18,491 ft) in October; and Ojos del Salados in December. Ojos del Solados, Chile/Argintina, is the highest volcano at 6,893 m (22,615 ft).
Olga lives in Moscow and has two daughters, ages 16 and 4. When she is on expedition her mother takes care of her daughters. She added that she also has two dogs, a small one and a big one. Olga is passionate about her hobby, cross stitching, and even took some needlework with to Antarctica. Here are some of her cross stitching work on her journal. Her favorite foods are fruit, chocolate and meat. And her favorite writers are Fyodor Dostoevsky and Kurt Vonnegut.
Dave Hamilton and ANI team on Sidley
Also currently on Sidley is an ANI team with Scottish Everest and Vinson guide, Dave Hamilton, as guide. 7Summits-Club reported that they have two climbers in the Sidley team, Vyacheslav Adrov and Vitali Simonovich.
According to a 7Summits Club dispatch on January 15, the Sidley climbers have left Union Glacier for the volcano on the 15th with two ALE aircrafts, a DC-3 and Twin Otter, despite bad weather at UG. They had to refuel on the way to Sidley.
Sidley courtesy of Wikipedia:
The mountain was discovered by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd on an airplane flight, November 18, 1934, and named by him for Mabelle E. Sidley, the daughter of William Horlick who was a contributor to the 1933–35 Byrd Antarctic Expedition. Despite its lofty status, the volcano languishes in obscurity due to its extremely remote location. It is little known even in the mountaineering world compared to the far more famous Mount Erebus, the second highest Antarctic volcano which is located near the U.S. and New Zealand bases on Ross Island. The first recorded ascent of Mount Sidley was by New Zealander Bill Atkinson on January 11, 1990, whilst working in support of a USAP scientific field party.
Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America:
To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier
(79° 45'S, 083° 14'W).
Sidley location: 77°02′S 126°06′W
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