Ticket to Crimea: Thematic Exhibition Opened at SUSU

Sun, sea, mountains and Russia! All this has been brought together in Mikhail Gromyko’s photo exhibition called “Crimea”. It should be noted that the exhibition is dedicated to the anniversary of the Crimea's returning to Russia.

Mikhail is a postgraduate of the Department of Theory and Methodology of Physical Culture and Sports of the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service and an active rock climbing instructor at the SUSU Sports Centre. His passion for sports contributed to the creation of his own exhibition.

“I'm into rock climbing, and I love discovering new interesting places in our vast homeland and telling other people about them. This time I have cast my eyes on the Crimean rock routes and their nature,” says the author.

The exhibition is dedicated to the beauty of the Crimean nature. The photos were taken in June-July 2023 during an expedition to the rocks of the peninsula. Mikhail notes that it was a real challenge. There were some problems with logistics and restrictions on drone flights:

“To take pictures of all these landscapes, I had to climb a rock of more than one hundred meters high. It wasn’t always possible to climb mountains with someone else. Going alone means carrying plenty of equipment, applying certain skills, and on top of all this, choosing a good angle so that you can present your work.”

In total, about 20 rock routes were climbed during the trip: 2 multi-pitch climbs(120 meters solo on Mount Koshka), Bolvan rock (40 meters solo multi-pitch climb), multi-pitch climb on Mount Palvani-Oba (120 meters) and Sugarloaf (100 meters) in a two-man rope team. Also, 7 “Deep Water Solo” routes were climbed (2 of them were opened for the first time and included into the international database), as well as the longest via ferrata in Russia was completed on Mount Ilyas-Kaya. The main locations were the city of Sudak, the village of Novy Svet, the villages of Laspi and Simeiz.

“Each of the photos is good in its own way. I can note an interesting photo with a jellyfish. I have never had anything like this in my collection. Also a photo from when I kayaked at Caradac. I don't have much kayaking experience, so it was very interesting to float. No one is allowed into an extinct volcano, especially if it's located in a wildlife reserve, but you can swim up to it from the sea and explore it,” shares Mikhail Gromyko.

You are welcome to visit this photo exhibition. It is located on the 3rd floor of the main university building.

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