The “Ascension” project, organized by the State News Agency of Turkmenistan and the Executive Committee for the preparation of 5th Asian Games, has reached its climax: the Crest of the Motherland and the symbol of Asian Games-2017 have been raised to the highest point of the country - Ayrybaba peak.
These symbols of Turkmenistan and the forthcoming Games have overcome difficult path through the snow, fog and wind, over the steep walls of the gorge together with the members of the expedition. Participants of the action, including the TDH correspondent, have already had an occasion to visit the peak of Ayrybaba, but the current winter ascent was special and certainly unforgettable. First of all, in view of the mission of the expedition being dedicated to the Day of the National Flag, the Year of Health and Spirituality, beginning of a new stage in the lives of the country and people.
The meaning and the idea of the project combine spiritual and physical beginning, athletic energy and civil pathos, will and inspiration, courage, daring and persistence in achieving this goal. Its essence is aimed at promoting the active, healthy lifestyle, sports movement and this year's forthcoming largest events in the history of the country with the participation of athletes from 62 countries.
As the Ashgabat Asian Games will be the output of Turkmenistan to new heights in the global arena, so does Ayrybaba serve as an excellent school of the conquest of the mountain peaks of the planet, the real ticket for our climbers to the famous peaks of the Eurasian continent, the Caucasus, Tien Shan, Pamir.
... On the top tier of Ayrybaba in winter cold winds rage, with cases of sudden and rapid changes of weather, and in addition to climatic, these places pose a lot of topographical pitfalls. And therefore it requires a thorough working out of the route, the requirements for equipment for climbers are particularly serious, and so is the discipline in the team, teamwork, responsibility not only for themselves, but for those climbing next to them.
Day by day, hours on end climbers have to move sometimes waist-deep in snow, with the need to keep account of the state of ammunition, to avoid frostbite and sunburn at the same time. Necessary and well-trained technical skills are a must for moving through the snow and slippery rocks on the edge of a deep precipice.
There was no need to worry for the preparation and equipment of the expedition - everything was organized in advance in the best possible way. But the experience of ascent for our correspondent has clearly increased, because his companions were those with a mark of 6-7 thousand meters in the Tien Shan and the Himalayas.
- Fate has presented a good chance to try hand at conditions corresponding to greater heights of other mountain systems of the planet - says our correspondent. - Turkmen highlands captivate the viewer with austere beauty. In summer the only vegetation here consists of stunted bushes of wild rose alpine grass, and in winter even those are not seen. Only a thick layer of snow, with steep cliffs towering above it. On the way to the top we were greeted by a strong headwind, throwing barbed crushed ice in our faces, every step needed to be calculated and reconciled, in order to not slip, and not fall into a snow pit.
Mountain climbing is one of the most exciting sports, especially when the heart is warmed by beauty of the surrounding landscapes and by importance of the mission that we had to implement. The action, organized by the State News Agency of Turkmenistan and the Executive Committee, was successfully completed.
It is not hard to believe that in the near future, the Turkmen Flag will further expand the geography of its presence on the most famous tops of the largest mountain systems of the planet. Especially, since mountain climbing is rapidly developing in our country in recent years. And this discipline of mountaineering as a sport will be represented among the sports in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020. It seems that our climbers have a good start and some time to even more diligently prepare to compete for the Olympic medals ...
Meanwhile, the next group of climbers from Ashgabat and Balkanabat are already preparing for a hike to the top of Ayrybaba within the training camps held annually in Koytendag Turkmen Mountaineering Club under the auspices of the State Committee of Turkmenistan for sports.
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