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Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Klyuchevskaya Sopka (4,750 m or 15,584 ft), located 56 04' N, 160 38' E, is the highest " title="Mountain">mountain on the " title="Kamchatka">Kamchatka Peninsula, " title="Russia">Russia, and the highest " title="Volcano">volcano in " title="Asia">Asia. Its steep, symmetrical cone towers just sixty miles from the " title="Bering Sea">Bering Sea. Klyuchevskaya's first recorded eruption was in " title="1697">1697, and it has been almost continuously active ever since, as have many of its neighboring volcanoes. Klyuchevskaya last erupted in " title="1995">1995. First climbed in " title="1788">1788 by Daniel Gauss and two other members of the " title="Joseph Billings">Billings Expedition. No other ascents were then recorded until " title="1931">1931, when several climbers were killed by the flying lava as they descended. Similar dangers exist today, and few ascents are made.