In 1997, a new reward was added to the list of mountaineering decorations
- from the badge "Mountaineer of the USSR" to the token "Conqueror of
Highest Summits of the USSR". The first award badge for Mountain climbers
of Russia was introduced by the administration of the Bezengi mountaineering
camp. It is the numbered token "BEZENGI STARS" (the author of the project
is S. Shibaev, The Deputy Manager of the Bezengi mountaineering camp).
According to regulations, the "Gold"
token is given to a person who has notably contributed to the development
of the camp itself and moutaineering in general, both in the Bezengi area
and throughout the country to the propaganda of mountaineering as a sport
to the development of co-operation between mountain climbers from different
countries. A small set - only 150 items - makes the reward very valuable
and really unique. The "Silver" ( 1-400) "Stars" are given to mountaineers
who have conquered the six five-thousand-meter-high summits of the Bezengi
area - Shhara, Junghi-tau, Mijirghi, Dykh-tau, Peak of Pushkin and Koshtan-tau.
Mr. Ali Anaev, The Director of the
Bezengi mountaineering base, has introduced discounts for the awarded
persons --from 30 to 80 granted toward all services of the camp. The
token that was finally created by S. V. Dudko, an artist-mountaineer from
the town of Krasnodar, looks rather impressive. The celebration for rewarding
the first "stars" took place on August 3, 1997 in Bezengi.
As of 01.06.2000, only two people have
been awarded with the both types of the badges Bezengi Stars:
Yury S. Saratov, Master of Sports, Moscow - the Head of the rescue
service of the Bezengi base, Deputy Director of the base for sport and
training - "Silver Stars" № 1, "Gold Stars" № 9
Evgeny F. Gasilov, Candidate of Sports, St. Petersburg - a rescue
service instructor of the Bezengi base - "Silver Stars" № 7, "Gold
Stars" № 10.
Overall, 19 people have been awarded with the "Silver Stars" and 32 people
with the "Gold Stars".