Saturday, August 19, 2017

Konyukhov climbs Everest again

Famous Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov has begun another ascent of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

This marks the second time that Fyodor Konyukhov, now 60 years old, will have bested the 8,848 meter high mountain. The first time he peaked Mount Everest was 20 years ago, when he accompanied Evegeny Vinogradsky, a mountain climber from the city of Yekaterinburg. Konyukhov said that the first time he climbed the mountain, he was so exhausted that he had to crawl on his hands and knees in order to reach the very top, RUVR.ru reports.

Konyukhov will be accompanied on his most recent adventure by six experienced Russian mountain climbers, as well as seven seasoned Nepali Sherpas. Nepali Sherpas are part of a tribe that lives near the base of Mount Everest whose members regularly accompany climbers as they attempt to summit the world's tallest mountain.

Fyodor Konyukhov is experienced at traveling in such extremes. The painter and traveler has reached the South Pole once, the North Pole on three separate occasions and has sailed around the world. Konyukhov is also the current world record holder for crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat in 45 days, and for crossing Greenland on a dogsled in 15 days, according to RUVR.ru.