Elbrus 2019 – Team Celebrates in the Valley

Greetings Comrades,

We were treated to a short but heavy snowfall early this morning from our perch in the hut bunkrooms. Cool to see but boy were we glad that we decided to make our summit bid yesterday instead of today, when the upper mountain looked totally socked in.

After breakfast, we descended to the valley and checked back into our hotel. There, we got busy: showering, relaxing, eating and playing cards. This lasted until dinner time, when we walked to the neighboring village of Cheget and had a celebration dinner at the “Seven” restaurant– Seven because a number of the glaciers and terrain features in this area happen to be in the shape of a 7. We gorged on bbq lamb, chicken and veggies and washed it all down with an assortment of beverages…

We will check back with you tomorrow, our last day in the beautiful Baksan Valley.




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