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Maxut Zhumayev in endurance check.
Image by Vasiliy Litvinov courtesy Vasiliy Litvinov - Andrey Verkhovod
Kazakh bivy on Ordzhonikidze Pass (3,980m).
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Kazakh climbers during training last March. Vaso Pivtsov second from left, Serguey Samoilov (wearing black and blue) was later lost on Lhotse.
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Almaty glow as seen from Ordzhonikidze Pass.
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The team's pet fox - a regular visitor on bivy nights.
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Ordzhonikidze Peak is the middle summit.
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CSKA's climbers training area.
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Vasso Pivtsov, at the computer, notes Alex Sofrygin's performance.
Image by Vasiliy Litvinov courtesy Vasiliy Litvinov - Andrey Verkhovod

Lhotse 2010 preview: Himalaya training - Kazakh style

Posted: Feb 16, 2010 02:40 pm EST

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Saturday, American speed skater Apolo Ohno became an Olympic record holder. Dogged determination ("every day!"), Apolo said was the reason for his success, plus four (!) daily 2-hours training sessions. Fast, strong, and determined, Kazakh climbers are outstanding when it comes to climbing at high altitude. Currently, the men are doing three daily ascents in preps for the upcoming Lhotse attempt. Fresh from a winter attempt on Kwangde Lho, Vassiliy Pivtsov has joined the team for the first of two preparatory climbing...

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