On the mountain and off the grid!

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Accilmatisation walks in the valleys around Chajet

After posting almost daily for a period of time while I travelled in Turkey I must apologise for the last few weeks that have been devoid of updates.

 

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On the summit. Even though my watch was reading several hundred feet lower than the summit there was nowhere higher to go!

The reason – I stepped off the grid and went to climb Mt Elbrus in Russia. For me Mt Elbrus was another step toward completing the 7 Summits – the highest point in each continent .  And I’m pleased to say that the trip was successful.  At 10:41am on the 27th July I, along with 6 others from our IMG team stood on the summit of Mt Elbrus.

Our day had started much earlier – at 2 am we were awake and by 3:00am we were on the trail. The weather at the time was good, cold, – clear and still. Six hours later we were in white out conditions in the saddle between the two summit cones of the mountain with a growing sense of urgency pushing us along. If we didn’t summit soon then conditions were likely to prevent any progress higher.

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Summit photo – but no views to be had here.

We only spent 20 minutes on the summit – we definitely had no reason to stay and admire the view as you can see from the photo but with weather conditions worsening getting down safely was a priority for us.  By the time we reached the saddle on the descent there was lightening and thunder very close by and we could feel and hear the electrical charge in the air.

I’ll admit now that my training for the climb had been a little short of what it should have been. As the descent progressed my legs became less able to handle the punishment they were receiving and at times I collapsed into the snow unable to hold myself upright.

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Serious preparation time in our cabin at 13,500 feet.

In the end our team of 10, plus 3 guides completed the ascent and made a successful return to the cabin. Unfortunately this was not the case for all on the mountain that day.  One climber died near the summit after being struck by lightening.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by & share my story with your friends please.

 

Gavin

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