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I.S. Voziyanova

The Origin of Alpinism in the North Ossetia

The mountainous landscape of the North Caucasus is a very important source for recreation that gives the opportunity to develop this sphere. Its origin in the North Ossetia began with the first professional alpinists expeditions in the middle of the 19th century, both foreign and Russian ones. The traditions of alpinism can be found in the history of the natives, still the professional alpinism is referred to the names of the foreign travelers. The conquering of the Caucasian mountain peaks contributed greatly to the science: the topographic maps and orographic descriptions were made, the glacier zone of the mountains was investigated. Alpinism also served as the first step in the development of tourism in the Central Caucasus in general and in the North Ossetia in particular.

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