In the words of the venerable Dr. Seuss: “You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way.” Which is exactly what we did this morning, when we moved from our hotel in the valley to our hut at 12,500 feet on Mount Elbrus.
As a first order of business, we settled into our digs. The Team was pleasantly surprised! We then we spent some time rigging the climbing gear that we will use to clip into the fixed lines on our summit day.
After lunch, we hiked up to check out the former site of the historic Priut-11 Hut, which was built in 1939 and which burned down in 1998. It snowed to varying degrees while we were hiking and the visibility wasn’t great, but the temperature was relatively comfortable and it was great to finally be on the mountain itself and walking on the snow.
Tomorrow we’re going to hike to Pastakov Rocks at about 15,000 feet for some more acclimatization and practice with footwork and other techniques on the snow.
We’re all doing well up here. Thanks for following!