Elbrus 2018 Team Puttin’ on the Ritz Climbs Cheget Ridge

Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

Another great acclimatization hike today. Down the road from our hotel, at the bottom of a small cirque, is the resort village of Cheget. We walked down to the village and then climbed just over 3,000 feet up to the beginning of a rocky ridge where we enjoyed some off-the-hook views. We were really close to the Georgian border!

Much of Mt Elbrus was in the clouds but we got some up close views of the surrounding peaks, glaciers and valleys. Being relatively new peaks (only 150 million years old), many of the Caucasus are jagged and dramatic— not as rounded or weathered as peaks (such as in the Andes) that are older.

We descended to Cheget on the chairlift – more great views. When we got down, we had Shashlik (grilled meats and vegetables) for lunch. Delicious!!!

The Team continues to climb strong.Tomorrow we move up to the huts and everybody is feeling super excited.

Thanks for following!

Carole & Vern




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