Vitaly Nenashev from Russia has become the first person to float over Europe’s highest mountain, Elbrus, in a hot air balloon. He climbed to an altitude of 1.8 km in his balloon, named “"Rossiya" (Russia), braving temperatures as low as -27 °C while drifting over Elbrus’ western ridge. In total Nenashev’s landmark journey covered 70 km.
"I rose 8,300 meters above sea level. I have a record, and Elbrus!", Nenashev said after touching down on dry land.
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