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Interview with Valery Rozov
Photos by: A. Ruchkin, Predrag Vuckovich & Thomas Senf (Швейцария).
Interview with Valery Rozov
I was overwhelmed by the beauty of its forms and surrounding landscapes. I understood at once that I want to be there! It took a long time to find money to finance the expedition, too expensive. Everything was ready 2 years ago, but crises emerged in Russia, and the expedition got on hold again.
Probably, due to the wind. Last year a team from Switzerland and France jumped Holtanna.
Ulvetanna, thanks god, remained untouched. And beginning November 2010 we set out to our expedition.
Unusual climate. All life is linked with the sun. When it’s sunny and there’s no wind, you can undress and sunbathe (even though the temperature is 10 degrees below zero), getting cloudy and windy – the temperature s down dramatically and you do not know where to hide from cold.
We visited our Antarctic station “Novolazorevskaya”. The polar explorers turned out to be nice and open people. Some kind of mixture of modern science, romanticism and enthusiasm, like in movies from 60ties.
I did not manage to warm up before the jump. Immediately on exit I felt I was going numb right in the air. Before opening I understood that I was no longer able to control my muscles. I found pilot chute with difficulty. I opened quite high on all following jumps because of this. It was senseless to be flying directly on such landscape. Flight against white snow became undetectable. That’s why I tried to fly along cliffs to have at least some background.
It was the thought I had during entire expedition: how lucky we are. All the rest was regular expedition routine. Who did what, how to film, who went where. Those were my principle thoughts. Sasha and Sergey vividly described all that in their diaries. MR: Cameramen. Who were they, filming conditions, where from everything was filmed, team and equipment requirements. V.R.: We were an international team. Filming crew consisted if Red Bull cameramen and photographers. Photographers Predrag from Serbia and Thomas from Switzerland. Cameraman Selim, Tengiz and Oetun from Turkey. All are good professionals. Not everyone had good mountain training and, unfortunately, they were not able to work on the upper part of the route.
We became a very good and efficient team – not a single tension or conflict during entire 35 days trip. My special thanks to Yuri Baikovsky. His advise and logistics were of great help. I was really impressed by ALCI team and Victor Serov, who perform air flights in Antarctica. And of course special thanks to Kostya Vasenko for Omega Pacific and Metolius hardware, as well as ropes.
Thanks to our old friends for Basca for splendid sleeping bags. Terrex series, Adidas outdoor ware was very impressive. So did Red Bull without whom I would not have flown anywhere.
Plus a wish to certainly come back!
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