Dispatches from the Caucasus

by Lauren on August 14, 2012

Prior to our summit attempt of Mount Elbrus, our team of 13 acclimatized at the base of the mountain. We spent three days here, going on hikes during the day and telling travel stories over evening tea. We lucked out with the weather, in that it was sunny virtually sunny the whole time.

Our summit day couldn’t have been more perfect. See the full story here.

Summit day was long, a 12-hour round trip. Even though we were moving at a snail’s pace given the altitude, many of us were tired at the end of the day. I went through three liters of water and was thirsty of more, much to the dismay of one of our Russian guides, Nicolay. “The human body is 80% water!” he would exclaim. “More water not needed!”

After hours of walking downhill, some of which was along a precarious ledge, a group of us opted to ride in a snowcat. This would take us the rest of the way to camp. Back for some replenishing carbohydrates and soup.

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