Woburn, MA – December 17, 2013 - Kaspersky Lab announces the successful completion of the ‘Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition,’ by Russian mountaineer Olga Rumyantseva, on Dec. 9, 2013. Olga recently finished her seventh volcano climb, scaling the summit of Ojos del Salado in Chile. The completion of the challenge led Olga to set a world record, becoming the first person to complete the 7 Volcanoes Expedition in less than one year.
Olga Rumyantseva became the first Russian – and the third person ever – to complete a solo climb of each of the Volcanic Seven Summits: the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents. Sponsored by Kaspersky Lab, Olga began her quest on Jan. 11, 2013 and has solo-climbed Mt. Sidley (Antarctica), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Damavand (Iran), Mt. Giluwe (Papua New Guinea), Elbrus (Russia), Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) and finished with Ojos del Salado (Chile) on Dec. 9, 2013.
The final volcano on Olga’s expedition was a massive active volcano located in the Chilean Andes. Ojos del Salado is the highest active volcano in the world, standing at 22,589 feet above sea level. It is located on the Argentina-Chile border, and is the second highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemispheres, and the highest in Chile.
Kaspersky Lab aims to reflect the Company’s core values of determination to overcome boundaries and relentlessly pursing goals, through the support of the 7 Volcanoes Challenge, as well as other sporting events and geographic expeditions all over the world.
Olga Rumyantseva, Russian Mountaineer
“I was expecting this latter mission to be the hardest one mostly due to inclement weather conditions. But it turned out that my biggest problem was a car accident on my way to Ojos del Salado’s base camp. Despite all this I managed to successfully recover and quickly complete the climb. Overall it has been a very challenging year so now I’m extremely happy and proud of myself. I would like to thank Kaspersky Lab for all its support and inspiration during the year-long expedition. This is definitely a shared achievement.”
About The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition
The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition witnessed mountaineer Olga Rumyantseva become the first woman to solo-ascend the Volcanic Seven Summits, the highest volcanoes on each continent, within one year.
Supported by Kaspersky Lab, Olga solo-climbed Mt. Sidley (Antarctica), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mt. Giluwe (Papua New Guinea), Damavand (Iran), Elbrus (Russia), Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) and Ojos del Salado (Chile). Summiting these volcanoes is considered one of the toughest mountaineering challenges in the world, and the fact that Olga was the first in history to ascend them alone in less than 12 months merely added to the challenge of this expedition.
The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition is a new step for the Company in collaborating with explorers. At the beginning of 2012, with the support of Kaspersky Lab, renowned British explorer Felicity Aston became the first woman in history to cross Antarctica alone, setting a new world record. Kaspersky Lab also sponsored the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition in November 2009.This project brought together women from Brunei, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom who skied more than 550 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole to mark the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth.
About Olga Rumyantseva
Olga Rumyantseva was born in the Russian city of Tver. From an early age she had a keen interest in mountain trekking and mountaineering. What started out as a hobby scaling peaks in the Caucasus, the Khibiny Mountains and mountains in Central Asia, later turned into a lifestyle. She received a first grade in mountaineering and became director of the Moscow State University alpinism club. In 2008 Olga started her dream job when she became a mountaineering guide. Throughout her climbing career she has ascended numerous mountains on every continent.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.
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