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Apr 2, 2021
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I got sick with covid and – up the hill. How a doctor from Voronezh conquered Kilimanjaro

This winter doctor from Voronezh Igor Tyurkin climbed to the top of the highest volcano in Africa – Kilimanjaro. He covered the path of 5895 meters in seven days. She says the ascent was not easy – the coronavirus transferred before the trip affected. However, after that he fell in love with winter and discovered new facets of himself.

How was the ascent – in the material “AiF-Voronezh”.

Coronavirus interfered with preparation

Igor Tyurkin discovered his desire to explore new places almost 15 years ago. Since then, he regularly travels abroad and has already visited 46 countries.

The reason for traveling to Tanzania was a pandemic – this country has become one of the few open to Russians. Self-isolation got tired, and, despite the partially closed borders, the doctor and a group of friends bought tickets to the African country.

“We thought about how to reset ourselves in emotions,” the hero comments. – The period of isolation was very difficult, and it so happened that a group of friends invited me with them on this journey. Due to the fact that the borders were partially closed, and air traffic stopped, among other things, we had to change the departure dates several times. The expectation from this only increased. “

The doctor, who had never been in the mountains before and had never climbed, took this as a challenge. Usually, he approached the choice of points for travel with one thought: you need to rest where it is warm. The Indian Ocean was the perfect solution for this, but snow was new. Surprisingly, on Kilimanjaro Igor Tyurkin fell in love with winter. Rain, wind, snow, slush were pleasant to some extent. And what a beauty opens from the top of the volcano …

“I started preparing for the ascent in advance, but the coronavirus prevented me. I was ill for 38 days and bounced back exactly one week before departure. The workout consisted of walking at least five kilometers daily on the treadmill with the maximum level of ascent. This was quite enough to overcome the physically simple route of climbing Kilimanjaro, – the doctor recalls. “Of course, if it weren’t for the coronavirus, I would have been better prepared, but my knowledge of medicine saved me, I adjusted the treatment program in a certain way.”

“Descent is harder than climbing”

The ascent process itself was divided into stages. Each time with an increase in altitude, the climate changes towards a cold one – from 25 degrees of heat at the foot of the volcano to freezing temperatures at the top. The ascent itself took seven days. The first two days the path was overcome easily. Every day it became more difficult: physical fatigue accumulated, oxygen starvation affected, the postcoid state made itself felt. The final day was the hardest. The group woke up at dusk to be on top by dawn.

“In the last kilometers before the summit, I felt very tired. I did not set myself the goal of being a hero and taking the top at any cost. I clearly assessed my physical readiness, ”says Igor Tyurkin.

Night, blizzard, snow, headlamps of other climbers who decided to end the route prematurely. In my thoughts there was one: “Why do I need this?” Igor was with loyal comrades who, at the right moment, said words of support. This friendly motivation opened up a second wind. It was hard, but they walked. After the group climbed the mountain, it turned out that it would take another two hours to reach the highest point. Several spurts, and our travelers celebrated the victory with champagne.

“More value than champagne at the top was a sip of warm tea and a piece of chocolate. And after that it was necessary to hurry to descend, because the bright sun blinding eyes complicates the path. The descent was harder than the ascent. There was practically no strength left here. It was really hard for me, I even had to lag behind the company a little, so as not to delay them. I took four breaths for each step. Step – and you stand, gain strength. If you walk a little faster, you slip. And again you have to restore breathing. Every step was overcoming. When we reached the camp, I immediately fell asleep. I never fell asleep as quickly as at that moment, ”the doctor recalls.

“Man is a fragile creature”

“I live my life, in which there is a place for both helping people and traveling. All my travels are not only for the sake of emotions. Every time I am in a new country, we dive into the social sphere, see how the healthcare system works. The problems with medicine that exist in Russia can be found in other countries. And you may not find it. This is how we learn from experience, ”says Igor Tyurkin.

When asked which country he liked the most, he answers philosophically: the whole world is interesting.

“All countries of the world are worthy of attention. But there are places I don’t want to return to. For example, China, whose cultural characteristics are of no interest to me. When choosing a country for travel, you need to build on personal preferences. Someone is captured by antiquities. For this, Kombogia is suitable with its abundance of ancient dilapidated temples. Beach lovers can look towards Italy – after all, there is a beautiful Mediterranean Sea, – says the hero. – During the ascent of Kilimanjaro, there was a reassessment of values. Everything became calmer. And man turned out to be, in essence, a fragile creature. The combination of geography, event, time and place is a great brain training. Plus, nothing distracts from work like travel. As soon as you get on the plane, the brain forgets about the daily problems. “


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