NOTE: 4100 meters equals approx. 13,451 feet above sea level
29 July 2013:
Hi everyone this is Pramila Kumari with an Elbrus expedition dispatch for July
Today we left are comfortable quarters in Azau for huts at elevation of 4100
meters. We had mixed weather. When we started it was cloudy with very low
visibility. As we headed higher towards Puspakhov Rocks sun showed up on and
off and we were able to get some views of the Caucasus mountains and it was
beautiful. We were very fortunate to witness that.
The higher we went it started to snow, and the visibility started to greatly
diminish. Finially we arrived at Puspakhov Rocks. I was thrilled beyond
words!!!!! That was our groups acclimatization hike, and it was successful,
Everyone did it.
We started to head down to our huts. It was fun coming down. Once we arrived
at huts a hot dinner was waiting for us. As we dispatch this message we are
all settled in our beds. Tomorrow we plan to climb to 5100 meters and practice
self arrest and other mountain safety things.
Good night and thanks for following us.
28 July 2013:
Hi everyone this is Scott Patch with a dispatch for the 28 July 2013 Elbrus
Today our goal was to get to 4100 meters to a acclimatize. We woke in the
valley to heavy rain and low clouds. As we ascended the rain turned to snow
and at 3700 meters we were in about 35 cm (14 in) of fresh snow at 3700 meters
(12,140 feet). Despite the fresh snow we slowly moved up the mountain until we
got to 4100 meters (13,450 feet). Everyone felt great!!! After a short. Real
we descended back into the valley for an excels t lunch.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent packing our backpacks as tomorrow we
move to our Elbrus basecamp at 4100 meters.
We are all having a great time and are enjoying the food immensely!!!!
Thanks for following our expedition.
27 July 2013:
Hey everyone this is Scott Patch with an Elbrus 2013 dispatch from Azau,
Russia for 27th July.
This morning we woke to blue skies and crisp mountain air. After a wonderful
breakfast, at our hotel in Azau we set out for our first acclimatization hike
up Mt Cheget, 3450 meters (11,320 feet). It was a wonderful hike, in beautiful
weather and stunning views of Mt Elbrus, Mt Koguti, Mt Donguzorum and Mt Nikra.
After spending about 45 minutes on the summit, enjoying the wonderful views
and great company, we descended to the village of Cheget for an amazing lunch.
After lunch we wondered the stores and outdoor shops of Cheget Village before
returning to Azau for some relaxation.
Tomorrow we will travel to the slopes of Elbrus, approx 4200 meters (13,780
feet) for our second day of acclimatizing. We look forward to getting into
snow and having a great day.
Thanks for following our Expedition!
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