17:22 16.11.2017

Ukrainian climber hopes to complete ascent of 7 highest mountains with Vinson Massif feat

KYIV. Nov 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian alpine climber Tetiana Yalovchak is part of an international expedition in November 2017 climbing the Vinson Massif in Antarctica. If successful, she will have climbed the seven highest mountains.

"We start on November 22. Weather conditions promise to be challenging, because the climbing season has not yet begun there," Yalovchak said on Thursday at a press conference at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

According to the climber, members of the international team are still unknown and the expedition will last two weeks.

"I don't know who will be in the group. But uninteresting people don't climb high mountains," she said.

Yalovchak said she began climbing when she was 29 years old. She financed her first ascents by selling her apartment. This enabled her to be the first Ukrainian woman to get to the top of Mount Everest.

"Before Denali (Alaska, U.S.), I paid my own money. Then sponsors stepped in," she said.

Yalovchak is a native of Donetsk. She moved to Kyiv after Russia invaded Donbas. She has made more than 50 mountain ascents.

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