Originally Posted by ATPtennis.com
Safin Seeks Summit of 8000m Mountain
Marat Safin (second from right) with other expedition members in Tibet Former ATP World No. 1 Marat Safin has embarked on a month-long mission to climb the world's sixth highest mountain. The two-time Grand Slam champion is among an eight-member Russian climbing team attempting to scale the 8,201-metre (26,906 ft) Cho-Oyu on the Nepal-Tibet border.
"This is an interesting climb but [Safin] has (had) very good physical exercise," Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of the Nepal Mountaineering Association told Reuters. "He is young and energetic, although the climb is challenging. I'm hopeful he will succeed."
The expedition is expected to last a month. If everything goes well Safin is expected to return to the ATP circuit in time for Masters Series Madrid, which begins October 15.
Writing on his expedition web site, Russian team leader Alexander Abramov said: "Hopefully to his many victories in tennis, Marat will add one more victory on the sixth highest mountain in the world."
Clients typically pay 9,900 Euros to climb Cho Oyu in groups ranging from seven to 12 members. The web site marketing the tours says of the climb: "Cho-Oyu is the easiest eight-thousander of Tibet and one of the most easy eight-thousanders in the world. So it`s no wonder that this summit is one of the most popular among all another summits with altitude above 8000 m.
"We recommend ascent to Cho-Oyu for alpinists who have not any experience on eight-thousanders. Cho-Oyu is an ideal choice for mountaineers ready to test themselves on Tibetan giants, because climbing Cho-Oyu is not technical."
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