Where Earth Meets Sky: Kamchatka Skyrunning

Photo: Skyrunner, Courtesy of The Kamchatka Mountaineering Federation

CELEBRATE KAMCHATKA’S VOLCANOES THIS AUGUST.
REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN AN AVACHA VOLCANO SKYRUNNING RACE AND EARN A 10% DISCOUNT OFF YOUR AIRFARE!

Every August, Kamchatka welcomes visitors to join in a celebration of the peninsula’s volcanoes with festivities and sporting events. Watch for these events in August.

SKYRUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP, AVACHA VOLCANO, AUGUST 12-13, 2017.

Experience where the earth meets the sky with the dramatic sport of skyrunning,  as a participant spectator or even volunteer. The event will bring athletes from all over Russia, and welcomes athletes and adventure travelers from all countries.

KAMCHATKA: Avacha SkyRace® –  August 12.
KAMCHATKA: Avacha Vertiсal Kilometer® – August 13.

To register for one of the races, send the following information to email address rescue-kamchatka@rambler.ru or fax number  +7 4152 276560: Full name, title, date of birth (day/month/year; 20FEB97), gender, nationality, phone number, email address, club/organization name (if applicable), arrival and departure flights (number, date, time). For visa support and accommodations inquiries, send an email to: kamchatka012014@yandex.ru.

Deadline to apply: August 10, 2017.

2017 KAMCHATKA SKYRUNNING PROGRAM DETAILS
2017 KAMCHATKA SKYRUNNING APPLICATION

REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN AN AVACHA VOLCANO SKYRUNNING RACE AND EARN A 10% DISCOUNT OFF YOUR AIRFARE!

Participants of Kamchatka Skyrunning may register directly with organizers (see application form & program details in the article above). Air tickets to be booked with AirRussia.US; offer valid on all Yakutia Airlines round-trip published airfares on the Anchorage-Kamchatka routing, 2017 season, except promotional class “V”. Subject to availability of inventory in requested fare basis.
Promotional code: KAMCHATKA SKYRUNNING 2017.

Photo: Registration of participants, Courtesy of The Kamchatka Mountaineering Federation

The elevation gain from the race start to Avacha Volcano’s 2741 meter summit is 1850 meters. The race record belongs to Vitaly Chernov, from Irkutsk, Russia, who climbed the volcano in 1 hour 22 minutes and 52 seconds in 2014. The women’s record belongs to Ekaterina Osichkina from Kamchatka, who reached the summit with a time of 1:37:04 last year.

Photo: Before race, Courtesy of The Kamchatka Mountaineering Federation

 

WHAT IS SKYRUNNING?

So, what is Skyrunning?  According to The International Skyrunning Federation (ISF), the sport’s governing authority, Skyrunning is an extreme sport of mountain running above 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) where the incline exceeds 30% and the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° grade. Unlike mountain running, crampons, poles and gloves may be used during the course of the race. Skyrunning has three disciplines, Sky, Ultra and Vertical.

Photo: Kamchatka Skyrunning, Courtesy of The Kamchatka Mountaineering Federation

HISTORY

The idea of skyrunning came from Italian mountaineer Marino Giacometti and his friends. They pioneered races on Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa on the Italian Alps in the early 1990s. Today it’s a fast-growing discipline and counts some 200 races worldwide with around 50,000 participants from 65 countries.

In Russia, skyrunning is proud to have official recognition from the Russian National Ministry of Sports through the Russian Mountaineering Federation with which the Russian Skyrunning Association is affiliated.

Photo: View from the Avacha Volcano, Courtesy of Alexander Mukhin

 

KAMCHATKA’S VOLCANO DAY CELEBRATIONS, AUGUST 11-13, 2017
Ascent of Avacha Volcano

Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula hosts 300 volcanoes, 29 of which are active. Volcano Day is an official holiday in Kamchatka gathering annually several thousand locals and visitors at the foot of Avacha Volcano.

Photo: Avacho Volcano annual climb, courtesy of Dmitry Ryzhov

Avacha Volcano is the most accessible for ascent as it is located within sight of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and its ascent is very popular among residents and tourists. The main event is the climb to the top of the Avacha volcano (2741 meters/8992 feet). Average time for ascending is 4-6 hours; average time for descending is 2-3 hours. Celebrations and performances are held throughout Kamchatka.

 

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