Blog by Sergey Kofanov

Click to enlarge You cannot imagine how often I get calls from my friends, former clients, my friends friends and even just occasional people. Everyone has the same question: “Listen, I’ve just climbed (insert here your version of mountain name) and I really liked it. Could you please recommend me somewhere else to ...
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Blog by Natasha Poletaeva

Everest, the highest point of the planet, is the only place in the world where people pass by deceased without any affection... As a general matter, after yet another tragedy on the slopes of Mount Everest people ask a reasonable question: can these climbers’ dead bodies be removed from the slopes of the highest moun...
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Blog by Sergey Kofanov

From 2005 to 2008, while working as a mountain guide, I mainly focused on the program of the Seven Summits, which consists in climbing the highest peaks of every continent of our planet. During these 4 years I have done this program twice and today I want to share with you their experiences and answer questions such as how ...
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Blog by Mountain Planet

Mountains care very little whether mountain guide certified or not. Do clients and mountain guides themselves need to care about the certificates? 1. CERTIFICATION: DOES IT PAY OFF? In many countries mountain guides are required to complete necessary training and examination and get certified through professional...
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The impossible is possible. There was a time when man thought that flying was impossible. There was a time when I thought it would be impossible for two men to climb a new route in alpine style on Jannu’s north side. But with his phone call in February 2007, Valery Babanov forced me to think hard about the possibility of th...
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Blog by Sergey Kofanov

If you hear that climbing Kilimanjaro is a piece of cake, don’t believe it. I climbed it at least 15 times (and it is only until the moment I stopped counting), and I can assure you that every time we had to fight to survive. Probably, I can remember a couple of relatively simple climbs, but they were due to the fact that I...
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At the dawn of the 21th century the stocks of America’s most Innovative companies experienced a dramatic decline.  The dot.com bubble, previously fueled with the investments, was now bursting which caused some of the largest companies to shut down their startup projects. The investors seemed to be losing faith in the int...
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Mountains can be dreadfully unforgiving. One needs to pay constant attention even when moving on well-known terrain... Mount Mont Blanc, for instance, which may be considered the beaten track for the professional mountain guide, is often called the ‘White Killer’ seeing as it causes deaths every year. Every profession...
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Download printable version here Well, guess what: is it Mont Blanc? Kilimanjaro? Is it Aconcagua? Take a moment to read and find out what factors make mountains most guided.​ It is hard to calculate the exact number of guided сlimbs on the most popular peaks in the world. Nevertheless mountainplanet.com managed to...
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Tallest does not always mean toughest. There are plenty of mountains lower than Mount Everest and much more deadly. Some of them merely sweep away climbers from its slopes. These peaks have earned the reputation of “white killers”, “man-eaters”, “savage rocks”, etc. The typical threats expecting climbers on the world’...
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Blog by Robert Mojsov

Let’s go climb a mountain in Macedonia! Yes! Let`s do that! It`ll be great! But, umm…where is Macedonia? That`s the main question everyone asks when encountering the name of The Republic of Macedonia. Macedonia is a small country located in the center of the Balkan Peninsula. It`s neighboring countries are Bulgaria to th...
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Just before the beginning of the climbing season on Mount Everest, the Mountain Planet project put together the most interesting facts not only about this unique mountain, but also about people connected to it.   Mount Everest in numbers by Mountain Planet   8306 people climbed Mount Everest since the first...
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Blog by Sergey Kofanov

One study shows climbers have a higher chance of dying while driving to or from the climb than on the climb itself. Another study shows the data that pregnancies have a higher risk of death than climbing. Forget about it! All the statistics I have ever read do not support any of these statements. There is no documented data...
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Recent medical research suggests that climbers should avoid any workouts for the lactate threshold and endurance at least 3-4 weeks before high-altitude climbing, by replacing them with training for power and strength. Learn if it’s true, and also discover the secrets and advices from well-known athletes and mountain guides...
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Blog by Daily Mountain

Queens of modern climbing - what do we know about them? Women conquer highest peaks along with men, showing strength and astounding willpower. They ascend eight-thousanders and at the same time remain strikingly beautiful. Who are they? 1. Edurne Pasaban (44) She is a renowned Basque Spanish mountaineer. On May 17, 20...
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Blog by Dmitry Sidorov

-- What is the difference between God and a Mountain Guide (MG)?-- I am pretty sure you know the punchline: God does not think s/he is a MG. I heard (and told myself) this anecdote countlessly and still find it hilarious and laugh my butt off every time I hear it. Why? Because... it’s a good old funny gag; onl...
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Blog by Sergey Kofanov

Until we arrived at Jannu base camp, neither Valery nor I knew for sure where our future route would go. Of course, we had a couple of ideas based on friends photographs and stories, but we still had to establish the relevance of those impressions. Often, images dont reflect the real picture; or, even worse, they distort it...
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Blog by Natasha Poletaeva

Beware of yaks and never hand money to Nepalese people with your left hand: Mountain Planet experts have prepared a list of things to avoid in Nepal. High season coming soon: once you read the article — share it with your friends!   1. Dont give Nepalese people money or gifts with your left hand It is better to use y...
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A Nepali woman climber has set a world record by scaling all three highest mountains in a climbing season. Nima Jangmu Sherpa, 28, made the historic ascent on Mt Kanchenjunga this morning becoming the only woman in the world to climb Nepal’s three highest peaks above 8,000 metres in a single season within 25 days, accordin...
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Timaru-born mountainer Chris Jensen Burke has added Mt Kanchenjunga to her list of conquered peaks. The 49-year-old successfully climbed the 8586 m high mountain - the 10th peak she has conquered with summits over 8000m - which sits on the border of Nepal and India, after a failed expedition last year.  In conquering Mt K...
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Fans often go out of their way to show their favourite footballers how much they mean to them - not many will be able to match climber Dan Zengluobu, though. The Lionel Messi super-fan posted a photo from the top of Mount Everest (8,848m) as he held an Argentina shirt with the stars name on the back. His extraordinary e...
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Mountain climber Nadav Ben Yehuda was rescued from Kangchenjunga mountain top after fellow climbers believed he had frozen to death; after spending entire night deprived of oxygen, food, water in sub-zero  temperatures, he was rescued and evacuated to the hospital by a helicopter. Despite the more than 20 long hours dur...
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Dhaulagiri (8167m) remains unclimbed this session. Climbers around the world including Carlos Soria, Christopher Manning, Nicholas Rice, Ryan Kushner, Debasish Biswas and Waldemar Kowalewski had attempted Dhaulagiri this spring. All the expeditions had to be abandoned due to unfavourable weather. Veteran climber Carlos Sori...
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On July 14, 2018 Selva di Val Gardena will host the fifth edition of the Karl Unterkircher Award in memory of the South Tyrolean alpinist who died ten years ago on Nanga Parbat. The alpinists nominated for the 2018 award are Simone Moro, Ali Sadpara and Alex Txikon for the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, Ines Papert an...
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Most ascents by a female, most ascents by a male, the first double-amputee to summit the south side, and more – 2018 will go down as one of the most successful years ever on Mt. Everest. Record Year: 2018 Everest Climbing Season Everest-chronicler Alan Arnette estimates the number of successful summits from both sides o...
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Alex Honnold confirmed with Alpinist earlier today that he and Tommy Caldwell set a new speed record on the Nose of El Capitan on May 30, climbing the approximately 3,000-foot route in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 15 seconds. "Hiking down.... Psyched," he texted. The previous record of 2:19:44 was set last October by Brad Gobright...
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A 71-year-old Polish climber has been evacuated from the high camp of Mt Makalu. According to Mingma Sherpa, Company Director at Seven Summit Treks, Lech Wieslaw Flaczynski from Poland was airlifted from 6,600 m on the world’s fifth highest mountain after the climber suffered from altitude sickness while descending from th...
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In a break from his ongoing Pole2Pole project, in which Mike Horn is trying to circumnavigate the earth via the polar regions, the South African adventurer has set out to climb Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. Horn arrived at Base Camp on June 6 and is planning to climb the Diamir face. Success on Nang...
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