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Thread: Defender 90 Climbs Mt Elbrus, Russia. 1997 footage.

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    Defender 90 Climbs Mt Elbrus, Russia. 1997 footage.

    Came across a clip of this video on Instagram. Had NFI where it was, or who made it, or what they were saying.
    Some research gave the answers - I never even knew this was accomplished. Go the 90!

    The location is Mt Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe at 5642m. Mt Elbrus is located to the east of the Black sea, in the Caucasas mountains.

    "Russian Alexander Abramov guided a ten man expedition, where a Land Rover was driven to the peak. It took 43 days to accomplish this goal, but there were a lot of struggles that had to be overcome. They had to change tyres and utilize winches to pull the vehicle up and it was a continuous cycle of ascending and descending the mountain to retrieve replacement parts that had got damaged. After a lot of sweat and tears they finally reached the peak on September 13, 1997. The Land Rover was abandoned after an attempt down, when they lost control. They later returned to fetch it, but found it too difficult. It still sits in the same spot today and can be seen by other climbers and adventurers.”


    Pro tip- watch video with closed captions, and choose "auto translate" to English to have half a clue about what they are saying.

    -Mitch
    'El Burro' 2012 Defender 90.

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    -Mitch
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    The Lada Niva has several altitude world records to its name. In 1998, the vehicle climbed to Everest Base Camp (5,200 meters above sea level) without assistance. The British Land Rover tried to surpass this achievement, but could only rise to the record altitude of 5,642 meters with the help of cables and winches. A year later, the Niva drove onto the Tibetan plateau in the Himalayas (5,726 m above sea level).



    In April 1998, the Niva conquered the North Pole. During an international parachuting event, it was dropped onto the shore of the Arctic Ocean. After landing on the ice and being freed of suspension lines, it started up and successfully reached the top of the Earth. From 1990 to 2005, the Lada Niva served at Russia’s Bellingshausen polar station in Antarctica, carrying cargo even at temperatures 54 degrees Celsius below zero.

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