Red Bull 7 Giants And One Stefan Glowacz!

Red Bull 7 Giants was a series of unique, first-ever climbs and Stefan Glowacz did it the hard way.

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Leaving the city behind
Stefan Glowacz during the Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Leaving the city behind

German climber Stefan Glowacz's journey began in the town of Ivdel - in deepest, darkest Russia - a place in the outer reaches of Siberia where once upon a time if you happened to fall foul of a Tsar you might have been sent out into exile. A place from which there was no return...

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Extreme camping
Stefan Glowacz during the Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Extreme camping

Stefan's mission was to reach the frozen expanses of the remote Man-Pupu-Ner Plateau in the Komi Republic and become the first person ever to climb on the mysterious Seven Giants rock formation.

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Face your fears
Event participant during the Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Face your fears

Having been forced to abandon a first attempt in November 2012 due to bad weather and an injury to a member of the party, the weather gods weren’t exactly smiling on Glowacz as he set out for the second time in February 2013.

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Take the long road
Stefan Glowacz during the Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Take the long road

“We started from the remote town of Ivdel. The journey was extremely challenging, mostly because of the weather – on some days the temperature dropped to -45 Celsius with strong winds."

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Icy plains
Stefan Glowacz and event participants. Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Icy plains

Not for him a ride in a plane or helicopter! Staying true to his philosophy of pure mountaineering, Glowacz, the former vice world champion in rock climbing, insisted on launching a full expedition to the plateau instead of taking the easy option.

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'Til the sun goes down
Stefan Glowacz and event participants. Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

'Til the sun goes down

“A helicopter can take you to any place in just a few hours, but it completely destroys the whole idea of what I'm trying to reach. I deliberately refuse technical assistance – flying to the point never brings the same enjoyment as reaching the remote location by your own."

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Land of the Giants
Stefan Glowacz on the top during Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Land of the Giants

"It took us almost seven days of skiing to reach the plateau and two more days to climb on the ‘Elder Brother’, the biggest of the Giants. Man-Pupu-Ner is a unique place, and it's incredible that I was able to visit it.”

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Well-equipped
Detail of the climbing kit of Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Well-equipped

Bavarian Stefan Glowacz, who, at the age of 48, is still staying true to his philosophy of pure mountaineering, remains one of the world’s most progressive climbers.

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Time to climb
Event participant during Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Time to climb

Towering 30 metres above the Man-Pupu-Ner Plateau, the Seven Giants are a mystical rock formation in a remote part of the Urals.

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Tall story?
View of the Urals Giants Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Tall story?

Legend has it that the huge pillars were once a family of seven giants who terrorised the region and were turned into stone by a powerful wizard.

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Reaching the top
Stefan Glowacz climbs duting Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Reaching the top

“I have never seen anything like Giants before,” explains Glowacz. “I couldn’t stop thinking about reaching those mysterious rocks, during winter when the harsh northern nature is especially beautiful. That’s how the Red Bull 7 Giants project was born.”

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Feeling the cold
Stefan Glowacz during Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Feeling the cold

Dealing with temperatures that dropped as low as -45 degrees Celsius, it was a true test of endurance and desire.

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Fire and Ice
Participants try to warm up during Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Fire and Ice

Camping out during a Russian winter is not advised unless absolutely necessary!

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Keep walking
Stefan Glowacz during Red Bull 7 Giants project located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District, Komi Republic, Russia

Keep walking

A film about the Red Bull 7 Giants project will be released in autumn 2013.

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