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ARTICLE: Beyond the Front Lines, Ukrainian Mountaineer aids War Effort

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 UKC Articles 11 May 2022

One of Ukraine's most-celebrated mountaineers - currently seeking asylum in the UK - explains how climbing has helped with the tough choices forced upon him by the war. 'We can prepare for the mountains. In a war, you never know where the next rocket will explode.'

It was 2:09 p.m. on 26 July 2021 when Valentyn Sypavin found the body. He remembers the exact time, because as soon as he realised that the yellow piece of fabric he'd uncovered in the snow was a dead man's jacket, he turned on his camera to document the find. In the photo of his watch that he later posted online, Sypavin's position was clearly visible: 7,995m above sea-level, high above Camp Four on K2. 

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