From the breathtaking flanks of Mount Ushba (4,719m), which offer some of the most technical routes in Europe, to the majestic white pyramid of Mount Tetnuldi
(4,974m), Georgia's Greater Caucasus is a climber's
Tetnuldi, which rises 15,918 feet above sea level in the Caucasus range.
While Embassy Tbilisi held a number of events to mark the anniversary, the Tetnuldi climb and accompanying cultural activities were the highlight for the summit team and the 30 U.S.
Summiting Tetnuldi provided a powerful image of U.S.-Georgian partnership, but Walker, Rakviashvili and Kimball, all experienced mountaineers, were also aware of potential risks.
Tetnuldi is more difficult to climb than some of its taller neighboring peaks, and proved "a rollercoaster of emotion" involving some pain, Walker said.
While the climbers were making their way up Tetnuldi, 30 American and Georgian diplomats led by Deputy Chief of Mission Bridget Brink and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze traveled to Svaneti to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations.