July 10, 2012
Mike Hamill called in to report that the first Elbrus crew if off to a good start. Everyone arrived, with all their gear and ready to go. We always go in through St. Petersburg and out through Moscow. The idea is to see as much of Russia as we can. After their day and a half of sightseeing in St. Petersburg, they flew down to Mineralnye Vody and did the 4 hour drive up to the village of Terskol, in the Baksan Valley.
Tomorrow’s an acclimatization hike of about 3000 vertical feet to an observatory at the base of Elbrus.
We’ll keep you posted on how they’re doing.