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In Memoriam Boris Avdeev - Approaching Ushba (4710m, Caucasus) | by S_Peter
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In Memoriam Boris Avdeev - Approaching Ushba (4710m, Caucasus)

Boris Avdeev approaching Ushba (4710 m, Caucasus, Svaneti/Georgia).

 

In June/July 2010 Boris Avdeev and I went to Svaneti (Georgia) together, one of the hardest, but most memorable, successful and enjoyable trips I ever had. We climbed Shkhara, and our climb resulted in new geological data, the first accurate elevation survey of the summit (establishing 5193m), and the first partial ski descent from the main summit via the south pillar (ED-/5B/55°+), arguably the most difficult ski line existing in the Caucasus.

 

Svaneti was our last journey together. Boris died on April 19th in an avalanche on Mt. Dana, California. He was training for our upcoming Caucasus expedition. Boris was my strongest and most dependable climbing partner and our friendship had shaped through intense moments on hard routes, mutual respect, and forgiveness for each other's faults and weaknesses.

 

Boris was an exceptionally strong climber, a brilliant geologist, and a young, intellectual, joyful man embracing life to the fullest. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

 

www.borisavdeev.com

 

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Taken on September 21, 2010