Vitaly Abalakov

Mountaineer

1906 – 1986

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Who was Vitaly Abalakov?

Vitaly Mikhaylovich Abalakov was a Soviet mountaineer and inventor.

Brother of Yevgeniy Abalakov, another famous alpinist, he made the first Soviet ascent of Lenin Peak in 1934 and two more ascents of this mountain. In 1936 he also made the ascent of Khan Tengri.

In 1938, he and others from his team were arrested by NKVD and were under investigation until 1940. He was accused of "open public propaganda" of western mountaineering techniques and "diminishing" domestic alpinists' achievements and being a "German spy".

Abalakov is credited with such inventions as camming devices in the 1930s, Abalakov thread gearless ice climbing anchor, and many other climbing equipment innovations.

He was awarded Order of Lenin, Order of the Badge of Honor and titles Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR, Honoured Trainer of the USSR.

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Born
Jan 13, 1906
Yeniseysk
Nationality
  • Russia
Profession
Died
May 26, 1986

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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