Ak-Su Rescue Begins Tomorrow

Rescue efforts to find Evgeniy Glazunov of Russia, missing since Friday on 5,355m Ak-Su peak in Kyrgyzstan’s Pamir-Alai range, will begin tomorrow.

Glazunov had soloed the Chaplinsky route on the formidable north face of Ak-Su. When he last contacted his home team, he was starting to descend via the same route in rough weather.

The weather remains bad, but the forecast announces an improvement tomorrow. If so, that will permit rescuers Alexey Boyko, Anatoly Syshchikov, Kirill Povetkin, and Toporkov (no first name shared) to reach the base of the mountain, reports Anna Piunova of Mountain.ru.

The four are already on the way to Uzgurush, the last point accessible by road. From there, they will have to continue on foot, with supplies and gear carried by donkeys. They plan to fly a drone and scout the face with binoculars from Base Camp. They will then make decisions based on what they find.

Piunova, who is coordinating rescue efforts, notes that they have managed to raise money enough to cover the rescue expenses for the moment.

Angela Benavides

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