August 11, 2011

Mt. Elbrus North Side Wrap-Up

Monkeying around on the stone mushrooms. Mike Roberts photo.

On August 6, 2011, The second Adventure Consultants Mt. Elbrus Expedition reached the highest point in Europe. It was a challenging trip with lots of tough weather and I think that many of us were quite surprised to find ourselves standing on top. When we arrived at high camp on Aug 5th, the winds were hammering 50 km/h and didn't abate during the night. At 3am, we fired up the stoves but ended up shutting them off and pushing the start time back to almost 8am. After walking for six hours, we reached the summit plateau and we're treated to a gift hard won through foolhardy perseverance: perfect views and a breathless walk in the sky.

Back in Canada now and about to start ten days of work. It's great to be home.

River crossing in the Russian MOG.

The Team of 16 (not all pictured).

Inside the cockpit of the MOG.

Base Camp.

Carrying gear to Camp 1.

Rock Garden.

Hiking back to Base Camp past the Rock Gadren.

Mt. Elbrus reflected from Camp 1.

View over the Caucasus Mountains.

The Hotel at Camp 1.

Evening at Camp 1 on the north side of Mt. Elbrus, Europe's highest peak in Caucasus Mountains.

Partner in crime Mike R.

High Camp at 4700 meters.

Windy summit day!

Heading for the top.

Part of the team on the summit of Mt. Elbrus.

Evening light on Mt. Elbrus. Next time, I'm bringing skis.

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