North Ossetia Mountain Camping

North Ossetia. Mountain hike

A world-famous climber, Ossetian by nationality – Kazbek Khamitsaev is known in sports circles under the nickname “Snow Leopard”. He is the President of the Mountaineering Federation of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the chairman of the climbing club “Kazbek” and the head of the project “Russia on the tops of the world.” Kazbek Borisovich Khamitsaev was born on September 8, 1954 in the village of Akhsar (North Ossetia). At the age of 15, he became interested in mountaineering, rock climbing and began to develop these sports areas in the Republic of North Ossetia. After graduating from the Electromechanical Department of the North Caucasus Mining and Metallurgical Institute, he began working as an engineer, and in his spare time he organized high-altitude hiking. He is called the founder of mountaineering in North Ossetia. It was he who became the first Ossetian climber, under whose leadership athletes conquered several mountain peaks. In 1988, Khamitsaev’s group climbed the peak of Korzhenevskaya (7 105 meters), in 1989 – the peak of Lenin (7 134 meters), in 1990 – the peak of Korzhenevskaya (7 105 meters) and the peak of Communism (7 495 meters), in 1992 – to the Khan-Tengri peak (7,010 meters) and Victory peak (7,439 meters). In 1995 and 1997, Kazbek Khamitsaev twice as part of international expeditions conquered the highest peak in the world – Everest (8,848 meters). The first climb to Everest was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. At the highest point on the planet, the flags of Russia, North Ossetia, China, Nepal, the banner of the World and the flag of the USSR were raised. Then, while climbing Mount Everest in 1995, Khamitsaev had the idea to climb to the top along a more difficult path – in the center of the northern mountain wall. He tried to realize his idea two years later. In 1997, a group of climbers under his leadership managed to go through the steepest and most dangerous part of the way – the first rocky bastion – and even hang 1, 5 kilometers of railings, but suddenly the rockfall started changing plans. The group climbed Everest along the north-east ridge, however, Khamitsaev promised himself to return to the original route. Today, Kazbek Khamitsaev, Honored Worker of Physical Culture of the North Ossetian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, is the chairman of the Mountaineering Federation of the Republic of North Ossetia, and the head of the project “Russians on the World Tops”. He was the ambassador of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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