Zajo team exp. Tilicho Peak 2006

Vladimír Gembeš, Peter Kostelanský, Ján Majer, Ivan Prokop, Martin Stolár, Stanislav Tomovič, Ján Zorkóci and the leader Marián Šajnoha were the participants of the first Slovak expedition to the himalayan 7000m-high - Tilicho Peak, soaring in the massif Grand Barrier in the National Park Annapurna.

As it always occurs at the beginning, first the carousel of seeking materials, information and money began to rotate. It rotated almost for one year and slowed down only at the time of the departure of our cargo. The carousel fully stopped when we boarded the aircraft. It was the 17 September 2006 and at 13.10 we got airborne carried by the Quatar Airbus 320 bringing us from Vienna via Doha to the capital of Nepal – Kathmandu.

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Mountain rescue service

Being a member of mountain rescue service I am relatively often in contact with rope techniques. Mostly it occurs during training rescue operations, sport climbing and very often at sharp rescue actions, where rope really comes to an intensive use. Reviewing the time, during which I devote myself as a professional to mountain climbing and rescue works I can state that many kinds of ropes have gone through my hands, but the RAASTA-rope is to be ranged among the elite ones. It distinguishes through a very good property having been mainly appreciated by rock climbers. The rope demonstrates minimum stretch at continual loading, but it behaves like a common dynamic rope while catching long falls. Another positive feature of the rope that does not need any commentary is its weight. Once the surface conditioning against water will be solved, we could claim that RAASTA – rope should become a tough competitor towards all world ropes makers. In conclusion:
- finally I have a good rope, for which I thank you, Stano Bobek.
- the rope has functioned properly and soft having rescued my life oftentimes.

Hail Castrol!

SKI CORDILLERA 2006

This time, our target was to come to the top and perform downhill skiing in some of the regional mountains, as well as to explore the unknown mountains Cordillera Apalobamba, but mainly to get lots of experiences. We went towards big adventure, at which planning we could use only minimum of information we got from the natives. The adventure and the climbing in the mountains do not end with achieving the top, they only end, if you are down at the base camp or within the civilization.

Surely, the rope was one of those equipment components that like lifeline joined us with the world at overcoming glacier splits, abrupt ice vaults or ice falls. During the expedition SKI CORDILLERA 2006, we had an opportunity to test the prototypes of a new generation of Slovak ropes manufactured by the company Žilmont that is going to sell them under the brand “Gilmonte”.

Under tough mountainous conditions, by frost and at height we appreciated not only the working quality, but especially low weight, softness and satisfactory knotability of the rope. It seams that in Žilina a player grows that will mix cards in the rope market not only at home, but also abroad.

Martin Ondreáš

Presidium of the Police Corps

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The members of our special police units are very often exposed to the conditions, under which it is necessary to provide a high-quality a reliable protection of their movements at heights, while roping down or during force operation launched down from the roofs. For such kind of protection we use high-quality climbing equipment like static or dynamic ropes.

Our co-operation with ŽILMONT lasts a long time. Following our very good business relationships we have been offered to test a new dynamic rope RAASTA-10,0. We have used that rope to protect our colleagues and to train roping down under different atmospheric conditions. During the whole testing period we were extraordinarily satisfied with the rope. Even after longer use the rope does not show any abrasive wear; at the same time it retains excellent handling features. We appreciate its low weight and the ability of quick untying the knots after loading by heavy weight.

Basing on our personal experiences we allow to claim that it goes about one of the most superior ropes in the market.

P.B.
Presidium of the Police Corps of the SR


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