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Damavand 5671m

$4500 Marathon

4-5 August 2002

 

Dear Friends,

  As you all know this year 2002 is named as year of mountains by United Nation and it is our responsibility to celebrate it highly and by running different type of events  attract the attention of public and medias to mountains and show their importance.

I.R. Iran has decided to run a new type of competition on the highest mountain of Iran. We have called it Damavand  Marathon. This competition will be held in August 4-5 from Rineh which is village on the bottom of Mt.Damavand to the summit. We have also considered  $4500 prizes for those who will attend in this competition.

The itinerary of this competition is as follows.

Day 1) 4th August 2002

  In the first day all participants be gathered in Rineh 2300m and after registration and opening ceremony they will go to the starting point and start the competition towards Gosfand Sara 2900m which considered as BC of Mt. Damavand.

a)Arrival to Rineh at 8.30am

b)Registration 8.30-10 am

c)Opening ceremony 10-11.30 am

d)Lunch 12

d)Start the competition 14.30

e)Gosfand Sara

f)Sleeping time 9 pm

Day 2 )5th Agust 2002

a) Wake up call  4.30am

b) Breakfast  5 am

c)Starting the competition 5.30 am

d)Bargah Sevom (Shelter)

e)Summit

f)End of competition 12.30 pm

g)Closing ceremony (Gosafad Sara)5pm

h)Back to Rineh

Description:

-All the participants should provide all their altitude foods and sleeping gears.

-The competition will be from Renieh to Summit via normal South route(refer to the attached map)

-IRIMF will provide free transportation from Tehran to Rineh and return.

-All participants should hold international insurance.

-Providing medical & health certificate to show their ability to participate in this competition.

-Hotel reservation will be done by federation on the participant demand (twin bed $35)

-Supplementary food will be provided for each day

-Visa facilities will be available

-Participants are allowed to carry or not carry any back pack

-All participants equipment will be transferred to Gosfand Sara 2900m by car

-Hot & cold drink will be available in Gosfand Sara 2900m & Bargah Sevom 4100m(Shelter)

-All the way to the summit is signed

-All participant will climb up from one way

-The average timing of both day is considered as highest rank

-Registration fee is $100

-Dead line for registration is 20 July 2002

Prizes:

1st -$2000

2nd-$1500

3rd-$1000

 The oldest and the youngest participant will be rewarded.

  Mean while of you have any question please do not hesitate and contact us fax:+98 21 830 6641 .

  Looking forward to see you in Iran soon.

  Best regards   Sadegh Aghajani

  I.R.Iran Mountaineering Federation  President

   Mt. Damavand 5671m

Many global tourists and alpinists consider Damavand the most beautiful conical and unique peak of Asia and the highest peak of Iran. Fly 5 hours from the farthest part of Europe to Tehran. Drive 75km by car to the North of the Alborz chain through plains of flowers and green slopes of Damavand. It is an 8-hour trek and an 8-hour climb to the glorious peak of Damavand.

Mt Damavand with 5671 meters lies  only 100km from Tehran and 75 km to Caspian sea. There have been many myths written about this mountain in Iranian history and it can be called a legend mountain .It is said that there is a monster banned on the summit.

The slopes and skirts of this mount are filled with volcanic lava. Moreover, there are a number of small volcanic mouths near the peak from which sulfur gases usually flow out.

Damavand has several glaciers, the most important of them are

Dobisel and Sioleeh glaciers in the north, Yakhar glacier in the east.

It has four main routes and each has a different character. South route is the normal route which has one refuge at 4100m.North has two refuges whith the first one at 4000m and second at 5000m. West route has one refuge at 4550m and the North East route has one refuge at 4800m. The  summit is covered with yellowish sulfuric rocks and the diameter of the crater is about 180 meters. Albourz Range of which Mt.Damavand is the highest peak is a chain along the range of Alps and Himalayas, but Damavand is not connected to any other mountains of Albourz range. It is estimated that this volcano is 2 billion years old. Because of its particular location with the Caspian Sea on the North and desert on the South it has a particular climate and wild life. Winds generally blow from west and northwest which contains humidity and rain. Because of species and vegetation you can see nomads who are living on its base during late spring and summer.

The first successful recorded climb to this peak goes back to 1900. During that year, some Iranian geographers, affiliated to Mozaffari Geographic Mission, succeeded to reach the top through a very difficult glacier course, called Yakhar Valley. From that time to 1936, there is no recorded climb. But in the 1940s, the climbs were multiplied and new routes were opened.

Damavand is the national symbol of Iran and there are many organizations getting  benefit from the picture of this famous peak; you can find it for instance on bank notes, credit cards or bus tickets.

During the last 50 years many foreigners have been attracted to climb Damavand.

Although Damavand had no eruption since 100.000 years ago and been inactive, the geologists have not denied it might be activated again and offered a few reasons for their points of view. One of the evidences that this Volcano is still active is hot mineral water springs all over it. This mineral water spa attracted people who believe in getting cured by soaking in it.

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