On January 29, 2013, the Russian Ministry of Sport and the Russian Mountaineering Federation held a joint press conference to recap the achievements of "Alpari: On Top of the World". In the project, a team of mountain climbers sponsored by Alpari set a new world record and a number of Russian records over the course of last year.
From February through December 2012, Team Alpari – Lyudmila Korobeshko, Ivan Dusharin and Maxim Shakirov – summited the tallest mountain on each of the earth’s seven continents. The team made it through the seven peaks in less than 300 days, setting a Russian "Seven Summits" team speed record.
In honor of the ambitious project, the Russian Mountaineering Federation presented Alpari chairman of the supervisory board Andrey Dashin with a "Golden Ice Axe". Just to remind you, Dashin, along with a group of Alpari employees, actually took part in "Alpari: On Top of the World", joining up with Team Alpari to take on Mount Elbrus in Stage 5 of the project.
Dashin sees the mountains as the ultimate proving ground: "The mountains allow you to really get to know who a person is. Under stress, a person is exposed for what they really are. They don’t have any reason, nor do they have the chance to pretend. Mountain climbing reveals a person’s true spirit and lets you see if they are truly driven towards success. It also serves as a great example for the business world."
In addition to owning the Russian Seven Summits team speed record, Team Alpari can also lay claim to two notable personal records. Team captain Lyudmila Korobeshko became the first Russian woman to make the summit of Everest twice. Korobeshko is joined by Ivan Dusharin in the record books, who, upon reaching the summit of Vinson Massif at 65 years of age, became the oldest Russian to complete the Seven Summits.
You can read more about the adventures of Team Alpari and their remarkable achievements on the "Alpari: On Top of the World" site.