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Some Final Pictures from Elbrus

 

Guides Vern & Carole Tejas had a few more pictures from this year’s final Elbrus climb that they wanted us to post. Enjoy!

Sputniks relax!

Friends, family and loved ones,

Not needing our spare weather day on the mountain, we Sputniks had time to play. Some went for a run. Some went hiking and fishing. And some went paragliding.

Up, up and away!

Beautiful day to fly!

Soar like an Eagle!

All our best,
Carole & Vern Tejas

Team Sputnik descends!

Friends, family and loved ones,

We bid farewell to the beautiful twin peaks of Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe.

Then down we went to the valley below. Down to the green of vegetation, the thick oxygen rich air and hot showers, we embraced all. After we thoroughly bathed and put on fresh clothes we celebrated over plates of Russian BBQ know as Shashlek.

We put away lots of lamb and vodka and beer.

Food was had by all.

All our best,
Carole & Vern Tejas

Sputniks Summit

Friends, family and loved ones,

Awake early and out of the hut at 4 am, the team was excited. It was blowing and snowing all night so there was some doubt that we would launch. However as soon as we started up the mountain the wind abated and the clouds lifted somewhat.

Break time at 5100 meters
The upper mountain was covered with a foot of new snow so the going was slow. The round trip took us fourteen hours, but it was well worth the effort.
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Cheers from the top of Europe

All our best,
Carole & Vern Tejas

Sputniks Summit

Friends, family and loved ones,

Awake early and out of the hut at 4 am, the team was excited. It was blowing and snowing all night so there was some doubt that we would launch. However as soon as we started up the mountain the wind abated and the clouds lifted somewhat.

Break time at 5100 meters
The upper mountain was covered with a foot of new snow so the going was slow. The round trip took us fourteen hours, but it was well worth the effort.

Cheers from the top of Europe

All our best,
Carole & Vern Tejas

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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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