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Hrvoje Tržić won another peak - "Pettisućnjak" Ararat

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Hrvoje Tržić, a member of the Mountaineering Association "Krndija" Našice, conquered another world peak, the highest peak in Turkey.

He went through demanding preparations
"We have just" done "another demanding expedition - it was an expedition to Turkey. The conquest of Turkey’s highest peak, Ararat, 5,165 meters high is also known from the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Mount Ararat is located on the border of Armenia, Turkey and Iran. It belongs to Turkey, but it used to be Armenian territory, so these historical disputes still exist. " - said Hrvoje Tržić, who went on the expedition with the married couple Čajka, Silvija and Ratimir, members of the HPD "Sokolovac" Požega. Hrvoje's girlfriend Nikolina Šebalj, a member of PD "Frankopan" Rokovci - Andrijaševci, also joined the famous trio. "I must emphasize that no" five thousand "is simple and easy, and neither is this one. Last year we conquered Mont Blanc at an altitude of 4,800 meters, followed by Elbrus in Russia, which is the highest peak in Europe with 5,642 meters above sea level, while the crown slowed us down last year and we did not have any expedition. " - Tržić explained to us. The preparations were demanding, from Velebit through Triglav to the Slavonian mountain road. The expedition started on the eighth of this month and lasted for ten days, and all participants rate it as very successful.

Road to the top

They embarked on an expedition by plane from Zagreb to Istanbul, and then headed to the province of Agra, which is located on the border with Iran, where they were met by a guide. The next stop was Dogubayazit, a city of about 100,000 people and it gives a true picture of a multicultural Asian city. On the second day after arrival, the mountaineers started acclimatizing first to 2,000 meters, then 3,300 meters and 4,200 meters from where they climbed to the top of Mount Ararat the next day.

"A big problem was the temperature difference - in Dogubayazit, which is located at 1,650 meters above sea level, temperatures reach above 30 ° C, while at altitudes of 3,000 meters you can feel the cold wind from Ararat and a large drop in temperature. It's already starting to snow at 4,000 meters. ” - Hrvoje explained, describing the climb itself, regardless of the weather, as beautiful. "We were surrounded by snow and ice, the sky was full of stars, we could see Armenia on one side and Iran on the other," he added, noting that there were no significant difficulties in the ascent. At the very top they managed to take a few photos and again a gradual descent followed. As for the equipment, they were well prepared, so there was no fear of altitude sickness, as well as freezing or slipping.

Hrvoje will not stop here, he still has a lot planned, but everything depends on the further development of the coronavirus pandemic.


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