Annual Fajr Climbing Competition
held on EntrePrise wall of Tavanir court in Neishaboor
on February 19 – 21, where 109 competitors in difficulty
and 36 climbers in speed class, participated in the contest.
The Competition of difficulty held in three round on the routes
5.12a, 5.12cd and 5.13a. Vahid Asgari from Hamadan, Meisam
Taghipoor from Qazvin and Morteza Eftekhar from
Karaj ranked first to three and Artimes FarshadYeganeh
and Amir Pirveisi stood afterward.
In the Speed competition, which held in two rounds on Thursday
and Friday, Hussein Saif from Isfahan ranked the first and Seiahpoosh
from Lorestan and Afzali from Kerman stood next.
IMZ News Department
4th annual Shaghyegh Climbing Competition held in the
Esteqlal court of Karaj city on 9th and 10th January.35 climbers
from seven provinces participated in the competition, which was
hosted by Shaghayegh Mountaineering group.
29 climbers entered to second round that was hold on friday morning
when eight of them was selected for final round. Amir Pirveisi
who was the only climber to captured the (5.13 a), won the competition.
Hosein Yazdandoust and Mojtaba Saghafi stood
Photos and complete report
IMZ News Reporter
January 10, 2003
Mohammad Jafari earned gold medal of Asian Youth category where
Mansour Aqaie got silver medal of juniors, both in difficulty
It was during fourth Asian Youth Rock Climbing Championship that
held in Malaysia with participation of 110 climbers from 10 states
Morteza Eftekhar, the other Iranian climber, ranked fifth
in difficulty class of youth category.
Mansour Aqaie in junior category and Hamidreza Toozandejani
in youth category, both stood fourth in speed class, too.
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annual Rock Climbing competition of IRAN Mountaineering clubs
held in the memory of Alireza Dallalian on the artificial rock
wall of Shohadaye Ghods sport complex of Hamadan on 12
and 13 December 2002.
130 climbers from 30 clubs throughout the country participate
in the competition, which held in three round. Amir Pirveisi
from Khodayari club of Hamadan won the competition. Vahid
Asgari from Yaran club of Hamadan and MohammadReza Ramezanpour
from Sabznavardan club of Khorasan stood afterward.
It’s worth mentioning that all members of IRAN Youth Climbing
team, which is going to leave IRAN for Asian Youth Climbing Championship
in Kuala Lumpur, participated in the competition.
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Iranian Conference on Mountains Environmental
Sustainability was held in Tehran by “I.R.Iran Coordinating
Committee for International Year of Mountains” on 8 and
9 December 2002. This conference were implemented in meeting hall
of Iran National Olympic Committee, in which more than 350 participants
from academic centers, concerning governmental organizations,
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), mountaineering groups and
other interested persons were gathered.
The conference topics were:
- Natural environment of mountains
- Cultural and socio-economic issues and eco-tourism
- Planning and sustainable management in mountains
More than 10 selected paper were presented, in which, most important
issues of mountainous ecosystems were discussed.
In the opening session, Dr. H.Bahraini, Head of Faculty of Environment
in University of Tehran, and Head of Iran coordinating committee,
was the first speaker who emphasized on paying attention to mountain
environments in Iran. Behind him, Mr. Anooshiravan Najafee, Vice
President of Natural Environment in Department of Environment
(DOE), Dr. Y.A.Hakimi, Representative of FAO in Iran, Mrs. V.
Taleghani, Member of Parliament and advisor of parliament in environmental
issues, Mr. Dennis Fenton, Representative of GEF and Mr. Kamyab,
Representative of UNDP in Iran, were the other speakers. By accomplished
pursues, president Khatami sent a message to conference, but due
to delays in transmission, reading this message in opening ceremony,
In the next sessions of first day, some of academic professors
presented their papers in the field of important subjects of mountains,
through which, some of titles were "Water and Mountains"
by Dr. M. Mahdavi, "Mountain Challenges" by Dr. A.Yavari
and "Mountainous Ecosystems" by Dr.B.Riazi.
The second day was continued by presentation of two reports: “From
Rio to Johannesburg” and “Bishkek Global Mountain
Summit“. Four working groups with participation of scientists,
experts and other people were established on the basis of following
issues: Human resources and tourism in mountains, Natural resources
in mountains, Management in mountains and Threats to mountains.
After meeting and discussion, each working group, presented it’s
conclusions and strategies for mountain conservation and sustainable
By the closing of conference, the primary version of final statement
was declared by Dr. H.Bahraini. It will be revised and send to
This conference was ended by acknowledgement to environmental
conservation officers and all the people who attempt for mountains.
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On Friday 4th October 2002, a team, consisting
of 7 members from “Damavand Ski & Mountaineering Club”
left Tehran to Kermanshah and entered to “Parau” cave.This
cave is located in southern plateau of Parau near Kermanshah and
have 26 shafts with total depth of almost 752 meters. This is
one of the most difficult caves in Iran which has the grade of
After several days exploration in the cave, the spelunkers were
divided into two groups. The first group had four members and
3 members remained in the second one, they were Ali Rahimi, Victoria
KianiRad and Amir Ahmadi. Several days later, the first group
after leaving the cave, were anxious due to absence of their friends
in second group. They announced the matter to their organization.
A rescue team from Tehran traveled to district and entered in
the cave with spelunkers from Kermanshah mountaineering council.
After a number of days attempt, this team got sight of Ali’s
powerless body at the far depth of cave. Preparations began immediately
to revival of A.Rahimi. After he gained relatively his health,
the saviours were informed with harrowing event of Victoria’s
deathfull fall in shaft No.18 , which was continued by Amir’s
dieing down due to effect of shock encountered him by death of
The saviours began their efforts immediately to take A.Rahimi
into outside and carried him to hospital. Searching was continued
to find the body of two victims. Saviour team after discovering
the dead spelunkers, decided to carry the bodies out of the cave,
but after some efforts and investigation on the path, they concluded
that body carriage is impossible because of narrow and complicated
passes. Finally, the bodies were buried beneath the Parau cave
and Ali Rahimi was rescued by transfer to outside.
It should be mentioned that Parau cave, had primarily been visited
by spelunkers from Poland and Britain on 1972.
A few pictures from Parau cave
IMZ News Department
The first Competition of fast climb to Mount
Damavand (dubbed Damavand Marathon) was held on 4th and 5th August
2002 in south route.
311 participants left Raineh(2300 m) toward GosfandSara(2900 m)
in southern foothill of Mount Damavand on Sunday August 4 at 5:00
pm after inauguration ceremony.
The first participant reached the GosfandSara at 5:53pm! The second
and third participants reached the GosfandSara 3 and 4 minutes
later respectively. There were 308 participants at the end of
the first day of the competition that reached the Gosfandsara.
At 6:00 am Monday August 5, when the second part of the Marathon
started, 280 of 308 climbers left GoosfandSara to their appointed
destination, Bargah Sevom shelter (4150 m). It took only 1 hour
and 4 minutes (!) for the first participant to reach the Bargah
Sevom shelter where no one of the forerunners stopped to rest.
At 9:04:07 the team of referees located at the peak confirmed
that the first participant had arrived. He had left an amazing
record of 3 hours, 4 minutes and 7 seconds. The second one arrived
there with 2 minutes delay. Third one was 4 minutes behind and
fourth and fifth ones reached afterwards with a short delay.
The referees terminated the competition after the 30th participant
grabbed the peak. Now all the participants headed down to GosfandSara
where they had started the competition in second day.
At 5:00 pm a closing ceremony was accomplished at GoosfandSara
in which Mr. Sadegh Aghajany head of I.R.Iran Mountaineering Federation,
appreciated all the participant's efforts. The eldest and youngest
climbers were rewarded and Prizes were distributed between the
first to ten competitors. There was also an especial approbation
for the only disabled participant who had climbed up to Bargah
Following is the final outcome of the competition:
Rank Participant Province
1. Majid Zolfaghari Tehran (4:05:17),
Winner of First Prize ($2000)
2. Mansour Shahveisy Kermanshah (4:15:26),
Winner of Second Prize ($1500)
3. Hassan Javid Hamedan (4:16:30), Winner
of Third Prize ($1000)
4. Jahanbakhsh SavehShemshaki Tehran
5. Asgari Takallou Hamedan (4:16:52)
6. Mohammad-Sadegh Tajally Kohkilouye
& Boyer Ahmad (4:19:53)
7. Ebrahim Sheikhy Tehran
8. Fazlollah BalalyPour Isfahan
9. Mehdi AmirAbadi Khorasan
10. Peyman Azghany Ardebil
Note: The Total Time left by each mountaineer has been
pertained by adding up his timing of the first and second part
of the competition.
IMZ News Reporter
August 5, 2002
Twelve members and three high-altitude Sherpas of Iranian Lhotse
expedition successfully climbed the 8516-meter high Mt. Lhotse
from the west face in May 2002. The first team including 6 climbers
and 2 Sherpas left camp 4 at 8000m on 16th May at 1:30 a.m. and
after ten and a half hours stood on the Lhotse peak. The second
team also attacked the summit from the camp 4 on 17th May and
reached the summit in the afternoon. Expedition comprised:
1-Sadegh Aghajani (Expedition Leader)
2-Eghbal Aflaki(47) summit, May 17
3-Davoud Khadem(45) summit, May 17
4-Jalal Cheshmeh-ghassabani(42) summit, May 16
5-Mohammad Hassan Najjarian (37) summit, May 16
6-Reza Zarei(33) summit, May 17
7-Mohammad Oraz (32) summit, May 17
8-Hamid Naseri(31) summit, May 17
9-Akbar Mehdizadeh(27) summit, May 16
10-Reza Bahadorani(23) summit, May 16
11-Reza Soleymani(23) summit , May 17
12-Amin Azimi(22) summit, May 16
13-Moghbel Honarpajoh(19) summit, May 16
14-Dr. Mahmoud Goudarzi (medical doctor)
Lakpa sherpa(41) summit, May 17
Mingma sherpa(23) summit, May 16
Chang Dawa sherpa(19) summit, May 16
The Iranian Lhotse Expedition was permitted to climb the Lhotse
peak (8516 m) from the west face during the spring season of 2002.
It was the sixth 8-thousander, which Iranian expedition has climbed
independently since 1997.
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