Maxut Zhumayev in endurance check. Image by Vasiliy Litvinov courtesy Vasiliy Litvinov - Andrey Verkhovod
Kazakh bivy on Ordzhonikidze Pass (3,980m). Image by Alexander Rudakov courtesy Alexander Rudakov - Andrey Verkhovod
Kazakh climbers during training last March. Vaso Pivtsov second from left, Serguey Samoilov (wearing black and blue) was later lost on Lhotse. Image by Alexander Rudakov courtesy Alexander Rudakov - Andrey Verkhovod
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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...