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Author: Parshin Anton, Barnaul
Ascent to the mount “Begemot” (“Hippopotamus”)
Report of the team of the Altai Krai about an ascent to the summit “Begemot” (“Hippopotamus”) (~1700 м .) along the South-Eastern Wall. The route of 4B grade of difficulty passed for the first time.
Trainer: Parshin Anton.
The Altais, canyon of the Chua River .
Extension of the route – 380 m.
Of all the route long – 20 degrees.
We used on the route: rocky hooks – 3 items nuts and stoppers – 52 items.
7. The team was working on the route for 11 hours.
8. Leader: Parshin Anton.
Members of the team: Nikolaichuk Alexander.
9. Trainer : Parshin Anton .
10. Time we started the ascent: 8:30 a.m. the 8 th of May 2006
Time we reached the top: 6:45 p.m. the 8 th of May 2006.
11. Organization: Altai State Technical University .
The summit is located in the side spur of the Aigulax range. Approach to the route starts from the place for camp in front of rapids Begemot (about 755 km of the Chuisky high road). It takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the bottom of the route from the road.
DEION OF THE ROUTE STRIP BY STRIP.
R0-R1 – The beginning of the route is near a small birch. From it you have to climb in the direction of a big chimney along the system of walls and ledges. It is not difficult to climb there: grade of this strip equals II-II+. Station can be made on cam devices. Extension of the strip equals 45 m . We used 3 cam devices to pass the strip.
R1-R2 – Along the same ledges and walls ( 30 m ) you have to climb to the beginning of an interior angle of 5 meters high, grade of difficulty – IV+. After this angle there is a big ledge at the bottom of the chimney. Station can be made on the “heavy hammer”. We used 3 cam devices and one stopper to pass this strip.
R3-R4 – From the ledge you have to hold the general direction up and to the left, to the cedar. There is an 8 meters high wall of IV grade of difficulty, after you will have passed it, you should traverse to the left along not wide ledge for 30 meters , grade of difficulty of the strip – III. Station can be made on cam-devices. We used 4 cam devices, one hook and 3 stoppers to pass this strip.
R4-R5 – You have to climb along the interior angle straight upwards, grade of difficulty of the strip – IV, this angle is 15 meters long. After it you should climb for 20 meters in the direction of the cedar along unnoticeable ledges. Station can be made on the cedar. We used 4 cam devices.
R5-R6 – From the ledge you have to traverse to the left along the ledge and then to climb along the interior angle, rounding flaked piece of rock. Station has to be made on stoppers. Difficulty grade of the strip – III-IV. Extension of the strip equals 35 meters .
R6-R7 – You should climb along noticeable wide, in some places overhanging interior angle. It is difficult to pass this strip, grade of difficulty of it is V. Belay can be organized with the help of middle and large cam devices, on the last meters – with the help of middle stoppers. Extension of the strip is 50 meters . We used 6 cam devices, 7 stoppers to pass this strip.
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