Comrades, Family & Loved Ones,
After a careful and lengthy (very lengthy) deliberation, we are pleased to announce that our Team will be referred to hereafter as “Red on Arrival”. It was a Team decision, but Tracy won the prize for naming the Team (an awesome Elbrus coffee mug!) and Kevin won honorable mention (and a half deck of playing cards with scenes of Elbrus on the back) for spearheading the process.
Once named, Red on Arrival went for a nice hike today up Cheget Ridge.
The weather held out until after our hike was over, so we had some good views of down valley and Elbrus, including the lower part of our climbing route.
We descended to the Village of Cheget for lunch, which featured chicken shashlik, followed by more chicken shashlik.
Our gear check this afternoon went very smoothly so we had a couple of hours afterwards and before dinner to relax and browse in some of the local shops.
Tomorrow we are planning to continue our acclimatization by hiking on the lower reaches of Mount Elbrus itself. Everyone is doing well!
Thanks for following,
Carole & Vern Tejas