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Elbrus Team #2 (The Crevasseputins) Says Farewell

Friends. Family & Loved Ones,

The Crevasseputins toured Moscow today and saw many of the highlights of this fantastic city.

After an afternoon of heavy shopping, we gathered one last time for dinner at a local Uzbecki restaurant.

Fun was had by all.

Tomorrow, most of the Team will start their journey home to You. Thanks for following our climb to the roof of Europe!

Carole & Vern Tejas

Elbrus Team #2 (The Crevasseputins) Arrives In Moscow

Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

The day started early at 4:30 am, with a boisterous round of “Happy Birthday” and a ginormous birthday cake for Borko.

The team then loaded up the bus and off to Moscow we went. All went smoothly until we arrived in Moscow in pouring rain and a bus transfer that was delayed in traffic. Not to be deterred, the Crevasseputins hitched a ride to the nearest Metro station (leaving Vern at the airport with a mountain of luggage) and off we went to the Kremlin. Moscow’s subway system is amazing — in spite of traffic, we were able to navigate across this huge city in no time.

In the rain, we got our first view of Red Square and the Kremlin. We are eager to see more of Moscow tomorrow on our tour, likely in some rain given the current forecast.

Please check back with us tomorrow!

Carole & Vern Tejas

Elbrus Team #2 (The Crevasseputins) Have Fun

Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

Sometimes a photo says it all. Below are highlights from our last day in the Baksan Valley:

Carole and Vern would like to thank our local staff– Nikolai Cherney, The Angelas (our fabulous hosts in the Baksan Valley) and Tatiana (not pictured) — for their help in making our trip run so smoothly.

Tomorrow, The Crevasseputins are going to Moscow!

Carole & Vern Tejas

Elbrus Team #2 (The Crevasseputins) Descend!

Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

Early this morning, we packed our bags and headed back down to the Valley. The warmth! The greenery! Showers at our hotel!

This afternoon was spent relaxing, souvenir shopping and walking on some of the trails next to the river near our hotel.

This evening, we had our celebration dinner at our favorite shashlik spot: delicious kebabs, potato pancakes stuffed with cheese, and a special gift from the proprietor, a pie stuffed with all sorts of goodness.

Tomorrow we’re looking forward to one more day in the valley. Maybe some horseback riding, possibly some fishing and hiking. Or just hanging out. We’ll see. Everyone is feeling great and happy to be down in the thicker air.

Carole & Vern Tejas

Elbrus Team #2 (The Crevasseputins) Summit!

Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

We did it!! The Crevasseputins climbed to the top of Europe at 11 am this morning.

We left the Huts at 3 am and for most of the way to the summit, it was COLD, with strong winds (that we all agreed felt like 160 mph) and blowing snow, all of which made this climb quite the challenge.

But the Crevasseputins more than met it. We were lucky in that for the last 1,000 feet or so below the summit, the skies were totally clear. So while our time on the summit was brief because of the winds, we were able to get some amazing 360 degree views.

Our descent was smooth, with alternating patches of powder snow and some icier sections. Our fixed line practice paid off!

We are all now back safely in the warm Huts and have just finished dinner. Tomorrow morning, everybody is looking forward to descending to our hotel in Terskol for a shower, a change of clothes and perhaps a celebratory libation(s).

Carole & Vern Tejas

A very memorable experience all around. Nice balance of climbing and cultural+travel aspect (St. P + Moscow). Highly recommended climb especially for people who may be looking for little more comfort in an expedition or newbies. I’ve enjoyed our time spent together on the mountain so much that I’ve signed up for another trip which they will be guiding in February.

Mount Elbrus double-coned summit. Left summit is the highest at 18,510 feet
Russian Orthodox Cathedrals in the Kremlin, Moscow.
Cultural Museum on Red Square, Moscow.
Climbers on an acclimatization hike, with Elbrus in the background.
Looking outside out hotel window at the Caucasus Range. Lucky 7
View from the new Elbrus Huts.
Relaxing at the top of an acclimatization hike, Elbrus in the background.
Snow Cat used to transport gear to our highest hut.
Sunrise on Elbrus summit day.
The last 400 feet to the summit.
High on summit day with the shadow of Elbrus under the full moon.
Ushba, one of the most famous mountains of the Caucasus.
Celebration party after summiting Elbrus.
Climbers high on summit day.
View of one of the new Elbrus Huts
View of one of the new Elbrus Huts
View of the new Elbrus Huts
Eugene and Nicolai, two of our Russian guides.
Sunflower fields outside Mineral Vody, southern Russia.
St. Isaacs Cathedral, St. Petersburg.
Peter and Pauls Fortress, St. Petersburg
The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the greatest mueseum of Russia.
View of one of the new Elbrus Huts


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