ARMENIAN MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS SCALE THE LOFTIEST TOP IN EUROPE - ELBRUS

YEREVAN, MAY 19. ARMINFO. A group of Armenian climbers, who scaled
the loftiest top in Europe - Elbrus, have returned to Yerevan.

The UN Office in Armenia that contributed to the expedition informs
ARMINFO that participating in the expedition were some 600 climbers
from 15 countries of Europe, including CIS. They climbed Elbrus (5,621
m) to mark the 60th anniversary of Great Patriotic War Victory. The
expedition set a task to appeal from the top of Elbrus to the
humanity calling for combating terrorism. The Armenian mountaineers
Hayk Tonoyan, Tigran Nersisyants, Tigran Khachatryan (Armenia), and
Lev Sarkisov (George) and Artur Karapetyan (Russia) devoted their
climbing also to the 60th anniversary of Formation of the UN and
the year of Physical Culture and Sport announced by the UN. On May
5 climbers arrived in Elbrus region Kabardino Balkaria. On May 6 was
ceremonial start of the expedition. Intensive training was held from
May 6 to 9. The climbers managed to scale the highest Eastern top of
Elbrus (5 642 m) only on May 10 because of unfavorable weather. They
hoisted the flags of the UN and Armenia on the top and returned to
Yerevan on May 13.