Revival of the tradition of Elbrus annual speed climbing competition. Development and popularization of sports climbing. Attracting attention of the world community to the rich opportunities of outdoor recreation in Elbrus Region.
Elbrus, the summit peak of Russia and Europe, is located in 12 km from the Main Caucasian Crest. The regular shape of the volcanic cone and slopes covered with glaciers at the elevation higher than 3000 m form a sort of a mountain stadium. The speed climbing path follows the classical route: Azau clearing — Bochki – Pastukhov’s Rocks — Col – Western Elbrus. According to the multi-year statistics, the weather in Elbrus Region in the middle of September is good and steady, and probably there will be no extensive ice zones.
Registration and Briefing.
Registration: until September 5 in «Top Sport Travel» office (by e-mail, fax (+7-812-320 05 86), phone (+7-812-740 12 10 ), September 13 - in Hotel Elba, September 14 morning — in Azau station, afternoon and night — on Barrels, September 15 — on Barrels before Start time.
Briefing: 14.09.2008 at 11.00 Azau station.
The qualification climbing to Pastukhov’s Rocks 4800 m from Bochki huts will be held as follows:
- Date: September 15, 2008
- Start: 11:00
- Starting Place: Garabashi, Bochki huts, 3708 m
- Participants: everyone with a climbing experience over 18 years old is admitted.
The speed climb to Western Elbrus 5642 m will be held on September 17, 2008 in two categories: Extreme and Classics.
In case of nasty weather on the day of the competition the organizers have provided for one more day, September 13th. The participants shall take it into consideration when booking return tickets.3. Participants
Everyone over 18 years old with a climbing experience who has paid 1000 rubles application fee rate is admitted to the competition.
The participants shall have the corresponding insurance and medical certificate proving that the participant has no limitations for climbing and sports.
Participation requests please send us by e-mail until September 5, 2008, by fax (+7-812-320 05 86), by regular mail to the following address: Russia, St-Petersburg, 191123, Radischeva St. 40; Top Sport Travel.
The requests will be accepted also: September 13 - in Hotel Elba, September 14 morning — in Azau station, afternoon and night — on Barrels, September 15— on Barrels before Start time.
The preparation and the competition procedure are supervised by Top Sport Travel and Information Center for Climbers www.Russianclimb.com
The competition procedure will be directly supervised by the Big Jury.
The competitions will be held in two stages.
1 stage. Qualification (September, 15, 2008).
The participants with a climbing experience who have passed the qualification standards will be admitted for the finals. The standard will be calculated from the starting time until reaching the section line, set for Pastukhov’s Rocks. The participants are considered finished if they reached the section line independently and climbed down to the starting place not later than at 15.00.
2 stage. Speed Climbing (September, 17, 2008).
The time of the competitors will be defined from the starting to the reaching of the section line set on the top. The competitors are considered finished if they reached the section line independently and climbed down to the starting place not later than at 16.00.
In case of failure to climb down independently or return to the starting place after 16.00, the competitor’s result will be canceled. The control section line on the col shall be passed before 12:00, if the control time has been exceeded the competitor will be removed from the competition and he is recommended to descend down.
It is prohibited to use any transport, skis or somebody’s help. It is also prohibited to use any performance enhancing drugs. Those who break this rule will be disqualified.
The winners will be defined by the best ascension time.
The winners and the prize holders will be awarded with merit certificates and valuable prizes, established by the organizers and sponsors.
Each participant shall understand that climbing to Elbrus can involve a certain risk.
The competitors will bear responsibility for their safety and health. The receiving party provides the first aid, transportation of the victims and the sick if necessary. The organizers shall check the route and in case of necessity arrange a rail support at the most dangerous paths.
The fact that a competitor goes for start means that his physical abilities and climbing skills are sufficient to cover the upcoming distance.
The competitor shall consider the real weather conditions and the status of the route of the upcoming distance.
The equipment used by the competitor shall correspond to the safety requirements.
Organizer has a right to cancel competitions in case of unpredictable weather or any other circumstances.