Woburn, MA – March 1, 2013 - Kaspersky Lab continues to support and inspire Olga Rumyantseva, a Russian mountaineer committed to ascending the highest volcano in each of the world’s seven continents within just one year.
Today, Olga successfully finished her solo climb of the second volcano, Kilimanjaro (preceded by Mount Sidley in Antarctica). It took her just four days to reach the top of the highest peak in Africa (5895 meters) despite unfavorable weather conditions with high humidity and a temperature of about 0º Celsius. Olga reached the summit on February 28, at 8am Moscow time.
Olga has already shared her first impressions of the climb: “I completed this task even faster than I had planned, though it was more challenging than the first volcano. The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition schedule is very tight and I don’t have much time to recover in between. But I’m as determined as ever, and with the support, inspiration and values of Kaspersky Lab behind me, I know I can overcome any obstacles.”
Kaspersky Lab is providing Olga with everything she needs for the expedition and also invites her followers to track her progress on Facebook and take part in a contest to win a dream trip for two by checking in at one of the 7 Summits which Olga is set to climb in 2013. Participants simply need to describe their dream trip and explain why it would mean so much to them. Olga will select the winners, who will receive tickets to their dream destination.
With its passion for discovery and its determination to break new ground, Kaspersky Lab has a long-standing tradition of supporting geographic expeditions. Eugene Kaspersky himself is a keen traveler who has explored several remote and uninhabited regions of the world.
About The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition
The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition sees mountaineer Olga Rumyantseva become the first woman to make a solo ascent of the Seven Volcanic Summits, the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents, within one year.
Supported by Kaspersky Lab, Olga will solo climb Mt. Sidley (Antarctica), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mt. Giluwe (Papua New Guinea), Damavand (Iran), Elbrus (Russia), Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) and Ojos del Salado (Chile/Argentina). Summiting these volcanoes is considered one of the toughest mountaineering feats in the world, and the fact that Olga will be the first in history to ascend them alone in less than 12 months merely adds to the challenge.
The Kaspersky 7 Volcanoes Expedition is the brand’s latest collaboration 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, having set a new world record. Another expedition dating back to November 2009 saw the company sponsor the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition. This project brought together women from Brunei, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom who skied more than 900 km 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 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www. 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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