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Klyuchevskaya Sopka
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Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Klyuchevskaya Sopka
Elevation: 4,750 metres (15,584 feet)
Latitude: 56° 04′ N
Longitude: 160° 38′ E
Location: Kamchatka, Russia
Type: Stratovolcano (active)
First ascent: 1788 by Daniel Gauss and 2 others
Easiest route: basic rock/snow climb

Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, and the highest volcano in Kamchatka. The volcano's steep, symmetrical cone towers are a mere 100 km (60 miles) from the Bering Sea. Klyuchevskaya's first recorded eruption was in 1697, and it has been almost continuously active ever since, as have many of its neighboring volcanoes. Klyuchevskaya last erupted in 1995.

First climbed in 1788 by Daniel Gauss and two other members of the Billings Expedition. No other ascents were then recorded until 1931, when several climbers were killed by flying lava on the descent. As similar dangers still exist today, few ascents are made.

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