Following the last season. Lenin Peak 2006
The summer is over…
The end of the season approached unexpectedly as Pamir Autumn came. More and more often it was snowing, the sun shining less each day. Onto the subject of the Pamir summer 2006 weather.
First I want to note even the oldest and most experienced local old-timers don’t remember such perfect summer weather. The weather was fine, clear and almost without snow, becoming marred only at the very end of August but for those climbing at the end of the season this wasn’t an impediment. A month of clear weather is the best gift for both beginners and professional mountaineers. On the flip side however, thoughts can’t help but slip towards global warming as the potential cause... at the beginning of the season there was an earthquake and a serious hurricane at Lenin Peak. Dozens of tents were torn and taken away by strong wind gusts. Even big yurts didn’t endure such awesome destruction and began to fall in just like a houses of cards.
Thank God, everything turned out all right and without any human victims. This was followed by a startling calm, so much so each of us expected a sudden dirty trick from nature. The earthquake and warm weather made themselves felt and the way from base Camp (3800 m) to Camp I (4400 m) along Lenin Glacier became impassible. The crevices became too huge and deep and increased day by day.
But a new route, which was much safer than the old one was quickly found fortunately. Now you can get to Camp I walking along usual rocky path which is parallel to last year’s one along Lenin Glacier. There is a possibility that Camp I (4400 m) might be moved to another place in 2007. The reason is intrinsic activity of glacier, in other words the glacier is becoming uneven and cracked. Those who were in Camp I in 2006 certainly noticed the extraordinarily uneven surfaces of the camp’s plot. Knolls and hollows are ample evidence of future large fissures. It would be enough to say that in 2003 Camp I placed on the altitude of 4200 meters. In a year that place of moraine was vastly cracked and Camp I moved to the altitude of 4400 m. Most likely the Camp should be removed and rebuilt again.
There was another more pleasant event of this season. According to last 10 years statistics about two people a year are dying on Lenin Peak. Since 2006 season that bad statistic has become invalid - nobody was seriously injured or killed. Last summer we had a lot of good news!
This season Lenin Peak was visited by two keen journalists. One of them was Lena Dmitrenko from “Risk on site” journal (Moscow). She was a sociable and companionable person who managed not only to keep her eyes on the mountain, but also celebrate a birthday at the altitude of 4400 m! The second curious guest-journalist was Tatyana Litvinenko from Uzbek TV (UzTv1, information program “Akhborot”). During her short time of being there she made a film about life in the camps and climbing of the seven-thousand peak.
In the base camps of “Asia Travel” pleasant innovations also appeared. Particularly, on the “Lukovaya Glade” we placed volley-ball playground, a place ideal for organizing volley-ball games including international games.
You will discover the second original innovation in the single national yurt decorated in the manner of the best Kyrgyz traditions where you can taste a dinner cooked especially for you. The dinner in this yurt lets you feel like Kyrgyz and will leave in your soul a small part of Kyrgyz culture.
In closing some words about successful climbers. Thank to them last season was accepted as record with the number of ascents. From 165 comers 53 persons completed it successfully! It’ s a record on even last years!
By the way, shortly before our visit to Lenin Peak, the Tajikistan government had renamed this peak to “Peak Nezavisimosti” (“Peak of Independence”). The Kyrgyzstan government kept old name however so now is has two names!
Photos of the «Ascension on Lenin Peak» tour:
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