Blog by Sergey Kofanov

CLASSIFICATION OF GUIDED CLIMBS

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

How To Remove Dead Bodies From Mount Everest?

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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HOW MUCH MONEY AND TIME YOU WILL NEED TO CLIMB ALL 7 SUMMITS

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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TOP 10 MOST RECOGNIZED MOUNTAIN GUIDES CERTIFICATIONS

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 Magic Pillar. A pure alpine-style first ascent of the west ridge of Jannu in Nepal (article from American Alpine Journal)

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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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO SAFELY

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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HOW CAN INTERNET STARTUP MAKE CLIMBING SAFER?

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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MOUNTAIN GUIDING: 10 VITAL TRUTHS TO UPGRADE SKILLS AND AVOID DEADLY RISKS

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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TOP-10 KILLER MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD

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

10 REASONS TO MAKE MACEDONIA YOUR NEXT CLIMBING DESTINATION

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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Mount Everest in Numbers

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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TOP-10 MOST GUIDED MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD AND WHY

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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Blog by Sergey Kofanov

7 RULES TO PREVENT DEADLY RISKS WHILE CLIMBING

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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HOW TO TRAIN FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE CLIMBS

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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