Up The Rocks club was established on January 5, 2008 by a group of enthusiasts with a strong motivation to develop rock climbing, mountaineering and backcountry skiing culture in Armenia. Right from the beginning our main objective has been to keep the rock climbing ethics and gratitude to the nature. We have been organizing “Arev” Armenian Rock Climbing Festivals on 2009, 2011 and 2013. One significant work of us is considered to be the document “Rock Climbing Ethics and Standards in Armenia”. In 2013 Armenian Alpine Club was found by moral support of Up The Rocks, in order to supply more efficient and coordinated way of development of Mountain Activities in the country.
Our mine Inspiration to move forward, when the climbing was nearly on zero level, has been Basalt Columns Natural Monuments of Armenia. These rock formations are very unique and have magic power you can feel. They change their color tone during the day, reflecting the color of the sky. Those rocks are the symbol of our Club, even when the climbing is shut down currently on them for very meaningful reasons.
Mkhitar Mkhitaryan – founder-promoter of Up The Rocks
Was born March 3, 1980. Started climbing at 24 and backcountry skiing at 25. “Spitak” rescue team member 2004-2011. Successfully passed German Mountain Rescue Ski-Test by Bergwacht Mountain Rescue Center in 2006. Mountain guide since 2010 (not certified). Co-founder and president(2013/16) of Armenian Alpine Club SNGO. Have climbed in US (Yosemite, Indian Creek, Black Canyon, Red Rocks), Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Iran, Georgia.
Andranik Miribyan – rock climber, mountaineer
Was born October 11, 1977. The most romantic climber of the world. Started climbing and skiing at 25. “Spitak” rescue team member since 2004. In 2006 successfully passed the German Mountain Rescue Ski-Test by Bergwacht Mountain Rescue Center.
Has the habit of amusing his friends in marginal situations, never losing creativity and always finding optimal solutions.
Vladimir Belousov - rock climber, mountaineer
Was born November 2, 1977. In 2001 has graduated Moscow State Industrial University.
Main activities: mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, skiing.
Started climbing at 1993, first serios expedition at 2003. Had climbed in Europe, Nepal, China, Kirgyzstan, Caucasus and Crimea. Two FA routes in Nepal Himalaja on Mt.Kwangde and Mt. Kyajo Ri.
Vasken Koutoudjian – rock climber, mountaineer, backcountry skier
Was born in 1972. Mountaineering is a family affair. With mother, father and brother he discovered the world and culture of alpinism. Was involved in the French Alpine Club's youth team of high performance.
Did several ascents in the Alps, Dolomites, and one expedition in Patagonia in 1996 (New route El Mocho, « Little Big Wall »). Then followed trips in Cordillera Blanca Peru, Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, USA and the second ascent of Mount Ross in Kerguelen, a truly raw ascent, not for the difficulties but the wilderness of the place.
Ski patroler in the rescue team of Alp d'Huez from 2000-2006. Did some work with French mountain magazines and now he’s a professional climbing and canyoning instructor. Old fashioned, but still and always in love with mountains.
Best memory? At the age of 12, beeing with brother (17 years old at that time), doing the Dôme de Neige des Ecrins summit (4015m.)