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TESTIMONIOS: Alexei Bolotov

by purelife on June 14th, 2011

Alexei Bolotov
Rusia, ingeniero metalúrgico

Nosotros, los rusos, tenemos muchas tradiciones heredadas de los militares. Rusia es un país que ha participado en guerras y por eso es normal que nos haya quedado algún resquicio.
Desde que nacimos nos han dado una educación colectivista por el comunismo. Lo hemos hecho siempre todo unidos; hemos ido juntos a la guardería, luego al colegio, luego al trabajo… siempre juntos, como un colectivo.
Por eso no fuimos héroes al ayudar a Iñaki, lo hicimos porque sentimos que éramos un equipo. Y lo importante, al fin y al cabo, son las personas.
Las montañas por sí mismas no significan nada, son sólo piedras y hielo. Quien les da vida es el ser humano al subirlas y hablar de ellas; al vivirlas les da entidad.
No podría decir que el montañismo en sí es un deporte, porque aquí no hay mejores o peores. Esto no son los juegos olímpicos donde uno es más rápido por tres segundos o porque ha saltado dos centímetros más. Aquí lo importante es que cada uno sea consciente de los límites de su cuerpo.
Además, la fama que consigues con el deporte, para el alpinista no significa nada. Eso que llaman ‘gloria’ para el alpinista no existe. Esto no es fútbol o tenis. No da dinero.
Por eso no vamos ahí arriba en busca de éxito, vamos porque es lo que nos da vida.

Alexei Bolotov
Russia, metallurgy engineer

We, Russian people, have many military inherited traditions. Russia has participated in wars and, as a result, we still have some traces.
Since we were born, we have received a collectivist education through the communism. We have always made everything together. We have been together at the nursery, and after at school, at work… always together, as a group.
That’s why we were not heroes for helping Iñaki. There is not such thing. We did it because we really felt we were a team. And, at the end of the day, you have to look after the team, the human lives.
A mountain, itself, is meaningless; they are nothing but a mix of ice and rocks. Is the human being who brings them to life climbing them to the very top, and talking about them. When you live a mountain you are giving it an entity, it becomes a ‘he’.
I couldn’t really say mountaineering is a sport, because this is not about who is better or worst. This is not the Olympic games, where you are the winner for three seconds or for jumping two centimetres more. The goal in alpinism is to be aware of the limits of your own body.
Besides, all the fame you get with sports means nothing as well. What people calls ‘glory’ doesn’t exist for climbers. This is not football, or tennis, we don’t get any money from that.

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