Kaspersky Lab is happy to announce the latest achievement in the Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition: mountaineer Olga Rumyantseva has reached the summit of Mount Giluwe, the highest volcano in Australia and Oceania.
The climb was a great success, with Olga completing the ascent in just one day. Although it’s a solo climb, Olga is not entirely on her own – Kaspersky Lab is enthusiastically supporting the renowned climber at every stage of the expedition.
Mount Giluwe is situated in Papua New Guinea and considered the highest volcano on the Australian continent. It’s location on the edge of the tectonic plate makes the area seismically active; there are multiple mountains and 18 active volcanoes on the island. Giluwe itself is not particularly active – the last eruption was more than 200,000 years ago.
Commenting after completing the 5th stage of her year-long expedition, Olga said: “Giluwe rises up to 4367 meters, so even the close proximity to the equator doesn’t make the weather particularly warm – there is snow on top of the mountain, and it often rains heavily. You wouldn’t call it a pleasant climate. Still, this time the main complication was not the mountain itself, but the remote location and inhospitable environment. I am very glad that Kaspersky Lab was supporting me in this faraway and risky journey. I’m now looking forward to the next challenge: the Mexican volcano Pico de Orizaba.“
Kaspersky Lab is proud to play its part in this challenge as well as other sporting events and geographic expeditions all over the world. These projects reflect the company’s core values: a determination to overcome boundaries and relentlessly pursue new goals.
About The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition
The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition sees mountaineer Olga Rumyantseva become the first woman to solo-ascend the Volcanic Seven Summits, the highest volcanoes on each continent, within one year.
Supported by Kaspersky Lab, Olga will solo-climb Mt. Sidley (Antarctica), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mt. Giluwe (Papua New Guinea), Damavand (Iran), Elbrus (Russia), Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) and Ojos del Salado (Chile/Argentina). Summiting these volcanoes is considered one of the toughest mountaineering challenges in the world, and the fact that Olga will be the first in history to ascend them alone in less than 12 months merely adds to the challenge.
The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition is a new step for the brand in collaborating with explorers. At the beginning of 2012, with the support of Kaspersky Lab, renowned British explorer Felicity Aston became the first woman in history to cross Antarctica alone, having set a new world record. Another expedition dating back to November 2009 saw the company sponsor the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition. This project brought together women from Brunei, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom who skied more than 900 km from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole to mark the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth.
About Olga Rumyantseva
Olga Rumyantseva was born in the Russia city of Tver. From an early age she had a keen interest in mountain trekking and mountaineering. What started out as a hobby scaling peaks in the Caucasus, the Khibiny Mountains and mountains in Central Asia later turned into a lifestyle. She received a first grade in mountaineering and became director of the Moscow State University alpinism club. In 2008 Olga started her dream job when she became a mountaineering guide. Throughout her climbing career she has ascended numerous mountains on every continent.