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Georgia, Svanetia. Tetnuld climb

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Caucasus, Georgia, Svanetia.
Climbing Tetnuld by South West ridge, classic route (former 2a Russian grade). Season: June - August (Best time - July-August)

Information intended for evaluation purposes only. In order to avoid surprises and possible dangers and complications, we recommend to take part in the organized program of the MCS AlexClimb "Caucasus Georgia Svanetia, climbing Tetnuld" - by well known route, accompanied by experienced guides. This will significantly increase the probability of success and safety of your climbing in Svanetia.

The Tetnuld climbing route begins from Svanetian village Adyshy, which can be reached from the "capital" of Svanetia - Mestia, 2-3 hour by very bad road (4x4, 6x6).

From the Adyshy village climb up by the left (in the direction of motion) slope of the valley, traversing the slopes covered with thick vegetation, go to alpine meadows above and move towards a noticeable rock bastion - southern spur of Tetnuld massif. The first night camping site is located on the large flat meadow, the altitude 3100m, with many traces of the previous camping sites. Distance from Adyshy - approximately 4-6 hours.

After spending one night start going up to the moraine on the left (in the direction of motion) of the bastion, and climb large scree slope to the bridge between the spur and the main body of the Tetnuld massif. There are many camping sites on the Bridge, but as much as possible you should climb up to the upper camping site located on the Saddle of the main Crest  - hence the access to the glacier is not difficult, the entire Tetnuld route is clearly visible. The upper part of the climb to the camping site - an easy scrambling, belaying usually is not required. The distance from the previous camping site is about  3-5 hours.

Summit day. Early start from the camp -  3-4 A.M. Cross the flat glacier (moving roped - many crevasses!) without gaining altitude approach to the rock step - the only access to the "Tetnuld Pillow" - the upper glacier flowing down from the South West crest of Tetnuld. This technical obstacle is not present in the old descriptions - it appeared relatively recently, as a result of melting and sinking of the main body of the glacier. Getting to the top of the rock step requires some effort - the rock height of about 60-70 meters, climbing is not really difficult, but you should be  careful - there are many loose rocks! Belaying is required, pitons. The climbing of that section requires 1.5 - 2 hours normally. Further, follow the gentle glacier on your right towards well discernible base of the South West ridge. After gaining the Ridge the route becomes quite obvious -  climb up the moderate, relatively narrow snow-ice ridge to the Summit of Tetnuld. Keep away from the edge of the ridge - danger - snow carnices! From the base of the Ridge to the Tetnuld summit it is approximately 2-4 hours. Belaying using the icescrews is required if there are ice-covered sections. The simultaneous movement while climbing the Ridge is recommended.

Descent by the same route, if necessary - rappelling, takes usually 2-3 hours to the camp on the Saddle. With adequate weather conditions and the physical condition of the group, it is better to continue the descent until the Camp 1 or to the Adyshy village.

We wish you Good luck and Good weather!

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