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Climber battles blizzard for chance to be first

...elite group of climbers who have stood atop McKinley in the inhospitable days of winter. In January 1998, he and Vladimir Ananich became the first-and so far, only-climbers to scale McKinley in the dead of winter, meaning late December through...

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Juneau Empire Online Archive Local News: Japanese climber tries solo ascent of McKinley 2/17/98

...If Kuriaki succeeds, his will be the second complete winter ascent this year. Russian climbers Artur Testov and Vladimir Ananich reached the 20,320-foot summit last month, becoming the first to stand on the top in January. Kuriaki...

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Juneau Empire Online Archive Local News: State and Local Briefs 1/12/98

...third climber remained at the 14,000 level. All three were in good shape, Hudson said. Artur Testov, 32, Vladimir Ananich, 40, and Alexandr Nikiforov, 29, want to become the first to climb North America's highest peak in the dead...

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