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KNEE TRAUMA. SO DISAPPOINTED...
15 August 2014
Yesterday I was doing one of my workout and suddenly felt some pain in the right knee. The day before, I ran a half-marathon distance (21 km) at a good pace for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and in general for the last month I achieved an average volume of 100 kilometers per week. I decided not to force the issue and gave myself a few days rehab but the pain did not go away. I went to the doctor then, did X-Ray and finally - MRI. Diagnosis - a stress fracture of the right kneecup. Sounds scary but that type of injuries usually...
THE NEW YORK MARATHON AWAITS...
1 May 2014
For the past few years New York became the city where me and autumn meets each other. In the very first week of November that city holds the most famous marathon in the world - the New York Marathon that attracts more than 60 000 participants. This year I start my training plan for the New York Marathon two months earlier than usual. In average, training for any marathon takes about 4 months but this year I've decided to expand my training schedule. My goal for this autumn is 2 hours 52 minutes (at least as my training plan predicts)...
OLYMPICS ON THE TOP
20 February 2014
Everytime it sounds so nice when your friends are calling and telling you: "I've just opened a magazine, and there you are!". In the February issue of the in-flight magazine "Aeroflot" has published an article devoted to how the Sochi Olympics flag was raised over the highest world summits. I had the honor twice to raise the Olympics flag on these summits - once in February 2007 on the highest peak in South America - Aconcagua (6 962 m), and two months later - on the highest peak of the world - Mount Everest (8 848 m)...
CLIMBING IN THE NIGHT
15 January 2014
On January 3rd our New Zealand adventure began. Every time visiting this country I promise myself to come back here and go skiing. Besides at all here is awesome heli-ski. At this time we have a very intensive plan - climbing volcanoes, visiting lakes, glaciers, mountain rivers, bungee jumping, trekking to the Mount Cook and many more. Frankly speaking it's very difficult to choose the most New Zealand vivid impression - this country is just awesome. But the most exiting thing of this trip is the Tongariro night climb...
KOSCIUSZKO - THE MOST UNAPPROACHABLE
2 January 2014
Anyone collecting "7 Summits" list comes to Australia sooner or later. The highest Australian peak is Mount Kosciuszko (2 228 m). In most cases climbers come here later rather than sooner, and as a rule - after such major peaks like Mount Everest and Mount McKinley. There are two reasons why. First - because Australia is far away. Second - because climb is easy an could be done anytime. So they leave Kosciuszko "for later". And mountain just waiting - it knows very well that nobody get off the hook...
NEW PERSONAL BEST!
14 October 2013
At October 13 in Chicago I cut 18 minutes off my personal best. I ran 26,2 miles in 3 hours and 12 minutes although the initial plan was about 2 minutes faster. Shame but my result doesn't help me to qualify for the marathon in Boston (where I dream to get in). In my age group it was necessary to show results faster than 3 hours and 10 minutes. Apparently I have to make the following marathon in 3 hours to match Boston standard for sure. With me in Chicago flew 17 of my friends - seven of them were running marathon and all the rest...
RUNNING ON THE PLAIN AGAIN...
24 June 2013
On the 24 of July I started the next 16 week training period for Chicago Marathon that is to take place October, the 13th. Concerning the autumn marathons I have difficulties during the last years, the problem is that summer is the high season and the preparation period is sometimes cut short by one or another long expedition in August-September. Last year was an exclusion when I did not have any expedition during the prep period and that is why the result of the Berlin Marathon was proper (3:30:24). It is not clear yet how...
EXPEDITION TO MCKINLEY (6195 m)
1 June 2013
At the end of May I was leading the expedition to the highest peak of the North America - Mount McKinley (6197 m). The ascent was conducted in a very speedy mode due to the right strategy, good physical condition of the team and awesome weather. We landed at Kahiltna Glacier on the 20th of May and on the 30th all five participants were standing on the top of the peak. On the 1st of June we safely returned to civilization having spent only 12 days for the whole expedition. It is worth mentioning that standard ascent takes...
EVEREST NORTH COL (7100 m)
1 April 2013
Our expedition started traditionally from Kathmandu in Nepal. And here we faced the first disorder concerning the Chinese authorities permission for ascend. While the partners were regulating this issue we flew by a small heli to Namche-Bazar for three days for acclimatization. Namche-Bazar is the capital of all sherpas and the biggest settlement on the way to the Everest Base Camp from the Nepal side. During the three days that we spent in Namche we met a lot of my acquaintances from all over the world - someone was...
THE BERLIN MARATHON - A NEW RESULT
1 October 2012
After New York Marathon the Berlin Marathon became the second of my marathon majors. I had been preparing for it during 16 weeks according to a special program and as the result I did it by 3 hours 30 minutes and 24 seconds.
KHAN-TENGRI EXPEDITION (7010 M)
8 August 2011
On the 4th of August at 3:40 p.m. local time Andrei Budnik – one of the expedition participants – reached the the top of Khan-Tengri (7010m).
SERGEY KOFANOV RUN HAMBURG MARATHON
22 May 2011
"SportistMord" ("Sports is death") – is a German joke. Probably, with the aim to prove the contrary about 200 different level marathons are held in Germany every year.
KILIMANJARO EXPEDITION (5895 M)
9 May 2011
Today at midday according Tanzania time all our team was standing on the highest point of Africa – Kilimanjaro. The ascend was going in difficult weather conditions, but we went down successfully to the assault camp Kibo Hut (4700 m).
SERGEY CONDUCTED A SEMINAR FOR “UNILEVER” TOP-MANAGERS
1 February 2011
Sanjiv Kakkar, President of “Unilever Russia”, invites Sergey Kofanov to speak at Unilever Corporation Annual Summit at which top-managers discussed past year results and new development strategy.
SERGEY KOFANOV WAS DEPICTED ON THE NEW MAGAZINE COVER
10 January 2011
At the end of the previous year a new magazine "ClimbFresh" appeared in Russia.
ARARAT EXPEDITION (5137 M)
26 August 2010
The expedition has been started. All news are coming soon. See Russian Version for a while..
KHAN-TENGRI (7010 m) EXPEDITION 2010
21 July 2010
The expedition has been started..
SERGEY KOFANOV RAN EDINBURGH MARATHON
29 May 2010
..its Official - Edinburgh is the Fastest Marathon in the UK. The May edition of Runner's World magazine carried out extensive research into which of the 10 most popular marathons for UK runners were the fastest. A single comparison (like average time) could skew the results so Runner’s World used 200 different comparisons to establish which was the fastest marathon and the Edinburgh Marathon came out as the fastest marathon in the UK..
AMA-DABLAM (6858 M.) EXPEDITION
12 April 2010
Ìû have done it despite the first attempt of assault was unsuccessful. We have done this despite the fact that after the second and successful attempt we were close to "catch" cold overnight stop on our climb-down and were back to the tent about midnight. We were the first to do that this year and the news is spreading ahead of us - everybody in settlements between the Everest basic camp and Lukla airdrome knows us..
SERGEY KOFANOV HAS RUN THE NEW YORK MARATHON
1 November 2009
As a rule by the moment of drawing more than 500 000 (!!!) people are registered on the marathon website, whereas there are only 30 000 ruffled places. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to get ready for the start properly – I didn’t have enough time for training, and a week before start I got back thigh muscle pull. Under these initial conditions a more or less acceptable result was out of the question – a minimum task was to toe the starting line, and the maximum one – to complete the distance.
LENIN PEAK. DEBRIEFING.
20 August 2009
The idea of putting ourselves to the test on some fairly challenging and high summit came to us in the last year. With Mounts Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus already behind our backs, the next logical step would be one of those 7,000-meter peaks in the mountains of Pamir or Tien Shan. Originally we were more inclined toward Peak Korzhenevskaya. However, political tensions in Tajikistan..
THIS IS WHERE OUR SUMMIT PHOTO SHOULD HAVE BEEN, BUT...
7 August 2009
We did not make it… We were catastrophically under-acclimatized, yet we fought bravely, striking up our assault camp ever higher. We decided to assault the summit not from the classical altitude of 6,100 meters, but from the rather unusual 6,500 meters. Eventually, at 6 a.m. on August, 7 we were already at the 6,700-meter mark, with a mere 400 vertical meters separating us from the summit, which we hoped to clear in 2 – 2.5 hours. We would have made it beyong doubt, but..
OUR TEAM COMPLETES THE ACCLIMATIZATION PHASE
1 August 2009
Hello everyone. We are doing fine. We are alive and well, resting at the Base Camp at the 3,600-meter mark. Unfortunately, the inclement weather that started three days ago disrupted our acclimatization schedule somewhat. According to plan, during our second acclimatization ascent the day before yesterday we had to spend a night at 6,100 meters. However, hurricane-force wind with snow and rainstorm prevented us from getting any higher than 5,900 meters...
TODAY OUR TEAM REACHED THE 4,700-METER MARK
24 July 2009
Hello everybody. Everything is going fine and according to plan. Over the last two days we moved from the Base Camp to the Advanced Base Camp at 4,350 meters, spent the night there and made an acclimatization ascent to 4,700 meters. This morning we fitted our gear and packed our loads to be delivered by porters to the upper camps. The weather was magical the entire day – no wind gusts or clouds – a real summit day.
IT IS RAINING IN LENIN PEAK BASE CAMP…
21 July 2009
There is a downpour at the Lenin Peak Base Camp each day starting from 2 p.m. In fact, this is normal for Central Asia and means that the weather is good. This is why all expeditions try to set out as soon as possible in order to reach the next camp before weather turns foul. During today’s acclimatization There is a downpour at the Lenin Peak Base Camp each day starting from 2 p.m. In fact, this is normal for Central Asia and means that the weather is good.
FIRST REPORT FROM THE LENIN PEAK BASE CAMP (7,134 M)
20 July 2009
Today (or rather late yesterday night) Sergey Kofanov took off with a team of his alpinist friends for the town of Osh.. The objective of the new expedition is the assault of Lenin Peak (7,134 m). Besides Sergey, the team includes Ilya Slutskiy, Rafael Nagapetyants and Andrei Budnik.
THE PRICE OF A SUMMIT. SERGEY KOFANOV REPORTING FROM TALKEETNA, ALASKA.
7 July 2009
Hello everybody. It’s hard to believe, that just 10 days after starting our expedition to Mount McKinley we are back in Talkeetna. I am too exhausted to describe all the events right now, will do so later. For the time being all I can say that a just a day before the assault our main question was whether the helicopter would be able to land at 5,300 meters and airlift Volodya, who unexpectedly developed acute back pain.
SERGEY KOFANOV AND VLADIMIR STEPASHKO LEAVE FOR ALASKA...
19 June 2009
Today marks the start of another expedition as part of the Seven Summits program – Sergey Kofanov and Vladimir Stepashko have left Moscow and Kiev for Anchorage. The fine-tuned roped team plans to scale the highest summit in North America - McKinley Peak (6,194 m). The team will spend one day in Anchorage to shop for the missing gear and...
SERGEY KOFANOV AND ALEXANDER TVEREZOVSKY RETURN FROM MOUNT ELBRUS...
12 May 2009
The participants of the expedition of Mount Elbrus, Sergey Kofanov and Alexander Tverezovsky, have returned to Moscow today. According to them, the ascent happened in harsh weather conditions, which is not surprising for Elbrus in May. Eventually, after reaching the 5,300-meter mark (ridge) on May 11, Sergey decided to turn back.
KHAKASIA SKI EXPEDITION PARTICIPANTS SETTING OFF TONIGHT.
10 March 2009
A team of Seven Summits Club members Alexander Orlov, Konstantin Zhelezov and Sergey Kofanov are leaving for Irkutsk tonight. Their plan is to cover over 100 km of unpopulated expanses of the taiga on skis to visit lost taiga hamlets that are virtually cut off from modern civilization.
ACONCAGUA. 6,962 M. OURS REACH THE SUMMIT AGAIN. SERGEY KOFANOV’S TEAM.
23 February 2009
Yesterday, ahead of the Fatherland Defender's Day, a team of comrades led by their celebrated comrade Kofanov ascended to the highest peak in the southern hemisphere – Aconcagua, accomplishing the ascent in full strength and...
SERGEY KOFANOV REPORTING. MESSAGE FROM PLAZA DE MULAS: "TODAY WE ARE HEADING FOR...
20 February 2009
Today, February 20, at 8 a.m. Argentinean time, Seven Summits Club guide Sergey Kofanov sent the following communication: "We are now at Plaza de Mulas, 4,300 meters above sea level. We are fully acclimatize and today are going to make a break for Nido de Condores (5,500 m).
SERGEY KOFANOV REPORTS FROM SOUTH AMERICA
13 February 2009
Sergey Kofanov’s team has moved out of Penitentes toward the entrance to the national park of Aconcagua. Today they plan to cover about 12 kilometers and spend the night at the first base camp, Confluencia, 3,300 meters above sea level.
SERGEY KOFANOV KEEPS SETTING RECORDS.
10 February 2009
Today, February 10, Seven Summits Club guide Sergey Kofanov left Moscow for Argentina. His destination is Aconcagua (not his first time there). Yet this time around he is making this ascent as part of this new project titled Seven Summits in One Year. It will be recalled that since the summer of 2008 Sergey Kofanov has already climbed: Kilimanjaro (7th time)
SERGEY KOFANOV WINS GOLDEN PITON.
29 January 2009
The US magazine Climbing has published the results of its Golden Piton competition. Both categories and winners were rather specifically American. It will be recalled that last year’s winners included Valery Babanov and Seven Summits Club guide Sergey Kofanov. This year, Sergey became the seventh and youngest Russian to have completed the Seven Summits project.
TEAM LED BY SERGEY KOFANOV AND LUDMILA KOROBESHKO ASSAULTS THE SUMMIT OF VINSON MASSIF (ANTARCTICA!) HOW IT HAPPENED...
10 January 2009
On January 2, 2009, at 5 p.m. local (Chilean) time, the third team in the Seven Summits Club season scaled the highest peak in Antarctica – Vinson Massif (4,897 m). Despite the intense frost and snow, all ten team members managed to reach the summit. This accomplishment marked several simultaneous records..
DETAILS OF THE ASCENT FROM SERGEY KOFANOV.
15 December 2008
Hello everyone, this is Sergey Kofanov from Antarctica. The last two days have been very eventful, but let me take you one step at a time. First, on December 12 at 4 p.m. Chilean time, the team of the Seven Summits Club led by Sergey Kofanov reached the highest peak of the white continent. The climb proved quite a challenge..
SERGEY KOFANOV AND HIS TEAM ON THE PEAK OF VINSON MASSIF!
13 December 2008
Yesterday, December 12, a team led by Sergey Kofanov left the assault camp (3,900 m) to climb the summit. Alexander Abramov left the low camp (2,900 m) in the same direction to reinforce the team. One of the team members, Alexander Orlov, had to turn back without reaching the summit due to a health condition. Abramov accompanied his descent.
SERGEY KOFANOV’S TEAM LEAVES FOR ANTARCTICA DESPITE ALL ODDS.
7 December 2008
On the night of Saturday, December 6, Sergey Kofanov’s team was still in Punta Arenas, Chile, waiting for the fourth day running for clearance to leave for Antarctica.
SERGEY KOFANOV’S TEAM FINISHES PREPARATIONS IN PUNTA ARENAS
3 December 2008
Sergey Kofanov’s team in Punta Arenas is finishing preparations for the departure – the team members have procured all the requisite gear and food, and are ready for tomorrow’s flight and are ready for tomorrow’s flight. Our other fellow countrymen are slowing converging on Punta Arenas – the Seven Summits Club has organized a program involving a visit to the South Pole.
GOOD WEATHER ON PATRIOT HILLS. FIRST TEAM REACHES ANTARCTICA.
30 November 2008
Two days have passed in a state of constant waiting – every two hours the rangers would send us a weather report for Patriot Hills in Antarctica, and every two hours we were in a state of full readiness to leave, but...
ANTARCTICA 2008. ON THE SHORE OF THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN. FIRST REPORTS FROM ABRAMOV AND KOFANOV.
26 November 2008
After landing in Punta Arenas two days ago are recovering somewhat from the incredible 30-hour flight, Sasha Abramov and I plunged full force into preparing the expedition. First we visited the office of ALE, which provides us with logistical support in Antarctica. Then we went to meet the flight crew of the IL-76 plane that...
FIRST NEWS OF THE ANTARCTICA 2008 EXPEDITION.
24 November 2008
On Saturday, November 22, the head of the Seven Summits Club and leader of the expedition to Antarctica Alexander Abramov along with Club guide Sergey Kofanov successfully departed from wintry Moscow, heading toward the summer in Chile. In a short timeframe they have to prepare all the essentials for the teams traveling to Antarctica.
ALEXANDER ABRAMOV AND SERGEY KOFANOV OPEN THE EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA.
23 November 2008
November 22 marked the start of an unprecedented Seven Summits Club expedition to Antarctica, led by Alexander Abramov. The expedition includes a total of three teams. More than twenty alpinists will attempt to climb Antarctica’s highest peak – Vinson Massif, located in Western Antarctica and towering 4,897 meters above sea level. This climb is often referred to as the “key to the Seven Summits project”. One of the teams will additionally visit the South Pole.
ANTARCTICA IS OFF LIMITS. ROUTE TO VINSON MASSIF CHANGES.
20 November 2008
Today the scheduled flight of our first team headed by Sasha Abramov for Antarctica did not materialize, made impossible by inclement weather that hit the white continent rather unexpectedly. In Punta Arenas, the whole day has been sunny; the spring is in the air, while Patriot Hills in Antarctica is battered by storm winds with snow..
SERGEY KOFANOV IS IN MOSCOW! AND INVITES EVERYBODY OVER THIS WEDNESDAY!
17 November 2008
Back from Papua, Sergey Kofanov is inviting everybody for an evening party on November 19 at 8 p.m. at Aktivny Otdykh store at 7 Bolshaya Pereyaslavskaya Street, near Prospekt Mira subway station. He will tell a bone-chilling tale of Papuan passions, the insurmountable Carstensz Pyramid, and..
CARSTENSZ PYRAMID. EPILOGUE.
11 November 2008
... when the landing gear touched down on the runway tarmac heated up to 40 degrees Celsius, our tiny 12-seat Cessna went into a slight skid. The plane banked to the side and continued to brake using a single landing gear until the pilots managed to straighten it, and just minutes later we were already taxiing to the terminal entrance...
SERGEY KOFANOV AND VLADIMIR STEPASHKO ON THE SUMMIT OF CARSTENSZ PYRAMID!!!!
10 November 2008
On Sunday, November 9, at around 9 a.m. Moscow time I got a call from Seven Summits Club guide Sergey Kofanov, who said that he and Vladimir Stepashko were standing atop the highest peak in Australia and Oceania – Carstensz Pyramid.
MESSAGE FROM SERGEY KOFANOV: “PLANE CRASHED IN PAPUA. NOT OURS, BUT…”
8 November 2008
I have just received a message from Sergey Kofanov: Two days ago, a plane of the local airline SkyExpress crashed on the runway in Cayman (an hour’s flight from Nabire). The Papuan Government used our helicopter to clear the wreckage off the runway. It left for Cayman this morning.
MESSAGE FROM SERGEY KOFANOV FROM NABIRE: TODAY WE HAD YET ANOTHER FAILED DEPARTURE TO BASE CAMP.
8 November 2008
Today we had yet another failed departure to base camp. At 5 a.m. we were already at the airport at full strength, awaiting the helicopter from Cayman, where a large passenger aircraft seating up to 100 passengers crashed two days ago.
OUR CONGRATS TO OLGA BOREYKINA – THE FIRST RUSSIAN WOMAN TO HAVE CLIMBED CARSTENSZ PYRAMID – THE HIGHEST PEAK IN OCEANIA!
7 November 2008
After Grigory, Olga and Deny landed at the base camp, the main task for those remaining in Nabire was to fit somehow all the remaining personal and common gear within the 285-kg limit. It turned out that Alexei and Vladimir with all their possessions (sleeping bags, clothing and gear) could not possible weigh less than 100 kg each. The share remaining for me, as well as for the remaining products and utensils, was a mere 85 kg. After minimizing all my personal gear (deciding that I would not even take my sleeping bag) and...
FIRST TEAM OF THE SEVEN SUMMITS CLUB EXPEDITION ARRIVES AT THE BASE CAMP OF CARSTENSZ PYRAMID.
6 November 2008
After all tourists have left for recreation in Vamena, I had to resolve one major problem in Nabire. Since we made a rather large cash prepayment for helicopter transportation, while the date of the pilot’s arrival in Nabire was delayed unexpectedly, there was a probability that the pilot may not make it before our return back to Moscow.
SURVIVAL SCHOOL IN PAPUA OR THE GAME RULES OF THE MONKEY BUSINESS
5 November 2008
Wamena is the most popular ethnographic location in Papua. In this town you can spend a few nights with real wild Papuan tribes, go hunting with them or floating down the river in a pirogue. This is the only tourist venue in the Papua Province. The day after a visit to the studio of a local rock band sharp at 6 a.m...
OUR GUYS REV IT UP AT PAPUAN NIGHT CLUBS.
2 November 2008
This morning, November 1, I did not have any urgent business to take care of, so I stayed in bed till 8 a.m. At eight I got a text message from Yekaterinburg from mother, who asked me for a photo of an exotic Dorian fruit (it was 3 a.m. Yekaterinburg time). To prevent the exotic fruit from stealing my mother's sleep, I went to a local market in the morning, but, as ill luck would have it, there was no Dorian fruit among the exotic abundance on sale that day.
THE WOLF, GOAT AND CABBAGE RIDDLE PAPUAN STYLE!
1 November 2008
Nabire is in for a spell of fair weather. Helicopters keep shuttling to and from the gold mine with enviable regularity from the early morning. Our plan to trek from Ilaga to the base camp had to be postponed somewhat. The fact is that starting today and for three subsequent days a new governor of the Ilaga district will be inaugurated - all regular flights are booked out till November 2 and all charter planes are also busy serving inauguration guests.
FAIR WEATHER IN NABIRE TODAY - HELICOPTERS KEEP SHUTTLING...
31 October 2008
Today the weather is fine in Nabire. Helicopters are shuttling to the gold mine and back since early morning, the noise of their rotors preventing me from sleeping since six in the morning. Bob and I spent the first half of the day at the airfield, shipping off fuel for the refueling stop of our helicopter in Enarotali. This turned out not as easy as it would seem, as there is a military patrol along the way from Nabire to Enarotali, and a special permit is required to pass it..
BRAINSTORMING CARSTENSZ PYRAMID.
30 October 2008
To fly to the Carstensz Pyramid base camp on an nonexistent helicopter or trek through impassable jungle without gear or porters along a trail blazed twice by the legendary Alexander Abramov. This is the dilemma faced by the expedition of the legendary Seven Summits Club led by the legendary Sergey Kofanov in the town of Nabire... (Papua Province, New Guinea Island)
ALL EXPEDITION PARTICIPANTS GATHERED IN NABIRE TODAY.
28 October 2008
All expedition participants gathered in Nubire today. Interestingly enough, upon switching flights at the airport on Biak Island, the guys saw the Kamov helicopter being taken onto the airfield for refueling and engine warm-up. According to them, the helicopter was marked with hieroglyphics, most likely Korean, since the helicopter pilot was a Korean. After lunch we contacted our intermediary in Biak, who reported that the Kamov helicopter made a successful trial flight today. They promised to let us know on Thursday or Friday if we would be able to use this helicopter. Incidentally, the Korean pilot has no experience..
NEW ROUTE TO CARSTENSZ FROM SERGEY KOFANOV.
27 October 2008
I landed in Nabire in the morning. Two airlines, TRIGANA and SUSI AIR, shuttle between Biak and Nabire. Both have fleets of small planes like AN-24, double- or single-propeller aircraft. I saw our BELL helicopters without a pilot in the airport of Nabire. Unfortunately, it is Sunday and I could not make proper contact with anybody. I expect a busy day tomorrow..
LEARNING TO SPEAK INDONESIAN USING THE SERGEY KOFANOV METHOD. AND A LITTLE MORE ON HELICOPTERS.
27 October 2008
Presently the situation is like that: the options with the Kamov helicopter are so far a big question mark. Like I wrote before, an unlicensed Kamov with pilot Vladimir is not available at all. Meanwhile, so far as we do not have the needed administrative strings to pull in relation to the Kamov helicopter based on Biak Island - we are trying to resolve this, but..
IMPRESSIONS OF PAPUA. LOBSTERS OUT OF THE QUESTION FOR THE TIME BEING. THREE WAYS TO FLY IN.
25 October 2008
Yesterday, October 24, early in the morning Sergey Kofanov arrived on Biak (an island a few dozen kilometers off Papua New Guinea). The local guide Bob, with whom Sergey had a meeting scheduled on Biak, could not arrive on the same day. So Sergey had to wait for Bob for a whole day. Sergey prudently refrained from consuming fish food for which these locations are famous, since his hotel room did not even have a toilet bowl that Europeans are accustomed to.
FIRST REPORT FROM SERGEY KOFANOV FROM JAKARTA.
23 October 2008
So, Jakarta. Jakarta is humid, hot and stuffy. It has been raining since lunch, much like over the rest of Indonesia. I did not get out of the airport to see the city. It's an hour's drive. Plus it is a traffic jam from hell in the other half of the day. This is why I exchanged the money in the airport... But let me take you one step at a time: complete the migration cards onboard the plane (they are distributed on the Singapore-Jakarta flight). After landing, you will have a hard time finding blank forms on the terminal ahead of passport control. After debarking from the plane and before passport control...
SEVEN SUMMITS CLUB GUIDE SERGEY KOFANOV LEAVES ON A RECONNAISSANCE TRIP TO PAPUA TODAY.
22 October 2008
A week later the Seven Summits Club is staging a new expedition to one of the most unique and least-explored locations on Earth - Papua. The team will ascend the highest peak in Australia and Oceania - Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m). The expedition guide, Sergey Kofanov, is leaving a week ahead of the team to charter a helicopter that will take the team to the Carstensz Pyramid base camp, bypassing the partisan detachments of cannibalistic dart-throwing savages in the jungle and the security detachments of the Freeport gold mine.