Tag: Mount Elbrus

Elbrus 2019 – Team “Climb and Punishment” Acclimatizes

Comrades, Family & Loved Ones, There was no punishment today for Team Climb and Punishment. We had a bluebird day for our first acclimatization hike up Cheget Ridge. Warm, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. We hiked, talked, relaxed … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – Team “Climb and Punishment” Flies South

Comrades, Family & Loved Ones, Big news: after extensive brainstorming and deliberation, the team voted unanimously to rebrand itself as Team Climb & Punishment. Thanks to Sarah for coming up with such an awesome name! We had some free time … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – Team 2 Tours Town

Comrades, Family & Loved Ones, After several cold, rainy days in Moscow, we woke up this morning to the sun and blue skies. Perfect weather for our city tour today. Our very Russian tour guide Olga showed us the sights … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – June 28 Team Ready to Launch

Comrades, Family & Loved Ones, Thanks for tuning in to our coverage of Alpine Ascents’ June 28 climb of Mount Elbrus. Team members arrived in Moscow over the course of the day today and we met as a group for … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – Team Elbrus Wraps It Up

Greetings Comrades, The Team made the most of our short time in St Petersburg. We toured the highlights of this beautiful city as a group today and also managed to squeeze in some extracurricular activities: some of the crew took … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – Team Travels to St Petersburg

The Team spent most of today traveling to St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city located near the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.Everything went smoothly and we are all really excited to be here. After dinner, we took advantage … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – The Celebration Continues

Greetings Comrades, We woke up to a clear, sunny day in Terskol— the nicest weather yet. Over a leisurely breakfast, we watched a slideshow of photos from our climb put together by Andrey, our Russian guide. Fantastic shots, and fun … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – Summary of Team Summit!

Hello again, I’m writing this as half the team is having a post- summit nap (well deserved) and the other half is finishing a celebratory beer (also well deserved) in anticipation of having a post- summit nap. Yes, folks are … Continue reading

Elbrus 2019 – 100% on Top!

Greetings Comrades, Just a quick note to let you know that all of us are safely back at our hut after an outstanding climb. It was great to stand on the summit with every single team member. I’ll write more … Continue reading

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  • Is My Training Working?

    Is my training working? Whether explicitly spoken or implied, this is the question many climbers ask of themselves, their friends, and perhaps their guides. At Alpine Ascents, we hear this question weekly. While the best answer to this question requires a comprehensive understanding of you and your objective, there are simpler ways to get a […]

  • Not on the Gear List, But in our Backpacks

    Off-List Must-Haves Gear lists are honed utilitarian tools for packing for a trip. Our gear lists represent years of carefully considering only and exactly what is needed for a given climb. You might wonder: are there things worth bringing into the mountains not on our gear lists? Absolutely! Loaded Smartphone (the Electronic Multi-Tool) A smartphone […]

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    Wash Down Gear When It Gets Dirty

    Cleaning Down Gear: What’s The Real Deal? Today’s down can be chemically treated so it is hydrophobic, and is available in super-powered 900 or 1000+ fill-power. These fancy, lightweight, and expensive items naturally give us pause at the laundry room door. We automatically know not to treat our down gear like a cotton t-shirt. So what’s […]

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