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This picture was taken at the mountainous southern part of Kabardino-Balkariya, which is called Balkariya. This is the highest part of the Greater Caucasus called as Central Caucasus. Inside the republic this mountainous massif consists of several mountain ranges, which stretch out in parallel to each other from the South-East to the North-West. They are the following: the highest Major (or Water-Shedding) Ridge, Lateral Range (where Mount Elbrus is situated) and Rocky Ridge, as well as lower Chalky and Woody ranges. Each of them, except the Major Ridge, is intersected by the valleys of such big rivers of Balkariya as Cherek, Chegem, Baksan and Malka. We wanted to visit each of these valleys and look at the highest peaks of the region, including Elbrus, of course.

Thus the route of our bike travel was strategically planed from its start in Kabarda (flat country in the north of Kabardino-Balkariya), going up-stream along Cherek to its part situated between Rocky and Lateral ridges, then going in the north-west direction thru Kabardino-Balkariya, Karachaevo-Cherkessiya, and Krasnodarskiy Kray along Rocky and Lateral ridges and between them. The Rocky Ridge, which you can see in the picture, almost always was seen to the right of our way. Only in Adigeya the ridge came to naught.

GPS coordinates: 43.240989 Lat, 43.307668 Long, 1705 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1933 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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