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IV SOUTH AFRICAN ELBRUS - 2006 EXPEDITION

The Zulu word "isicongo" is used to suggest the summit of the mountain. It is also the name of a project of three South African women that intend to be the first black women climbed the highest peaks on each of the seven continents of the World.

In September Isicongo Ventures sent a team of Mrs. Zuki Matamo, Mrs. Noma Nika and their team leader Mrs. Jean-Marie Robinson to the Caucasus to ascend Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of Europe. After short acclimatization in the Baksan Valley the team started the climb and on September 9 Zuki, Noma and Jean-Marie with their Russian guides of Ersh Travels - Mr. Andrey Ershov and Mr. Viktor Yanchenko - successfully summited Mt. Elbrus, 5642 m. Zuki and Noma became the first black women reached the summit of Mt. Elbrus!
on Mt. Cheget
on Mt. Cheget
Noma, Andrey, Jean-Marie and Zuki
Noma, Andrey, Jean-Marie and Zuki
acclimatization on Mt. Cheget
acclimatization on Mt. Cheget
Garabashi Station, 3750 m
Garabashi Station, 3750 m
Mount Elbrus, 5642 m
Mount Elbrus, 5642 m
loading snow plough
loading snow plough
Noma and Zuki on the slopes of Mt. Elbrus
Noma and Zuki on the slopes of Mt. Elbrus
on the Saddle, 5300 m
on the Saddle, 5300 m
near the Blue Hut, 4080 m
near the Blue Hut, 4080 m
Zuki with vuvuzela and Noma on Mt. Elbrus
Zuki with vuvuzela and Noma on Mt. Elbrus
Noma and Jean-Marie on the summit
Noma and Jean-Marie on the summit
Zuki and Noma on the summit of Mt. Elbrus
Zuki and Noma on the summit of Mt. Elbrus

photos: Andrey Ershov

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