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Russians Bag New Route on Khan Tengri

Khan Tengri (7010m), Tien Shan, on which Alexander Kirikov and Gleb Sokolov reportedly climbed a new route earlier this month. [Photo] Simon Garbutt

News Flash: The following news flash is a preliminary report posted as a service to our readers. Alpinist has not confirmed the veracity of its contents but will post a story in detail when more information becomes available.–Ed. recently reported that Gleb Sokolov and Alexander Kirikov have climbed a new route on Khan Tengri (7010m), the second highest peak in the Tien Shan. The Russians reached the summit on August 8 after six days on the wall.

Sokolov, with countryman Vitaly Gorelik, was nominated for the 2010 Piolet d’Or for their climb (ED, 2400m) on Peak Pobeda (7439m), Kyrgyzstan.

Alpinist will post more information about the new route on Khan Tengri as it becomes available.