August 20, 2012
Phil called in to report at 3pm his time on Monday. They have been hammered by the weather and still no attempt on the summit yet. Tonight they’ll take a last look, and if lucky, they’ll go for it. If not, they’ll be forced to descend to the valley and the hotel in Terskol.
Our best wishes for the success of the team!
Update: August 21, 2012
Phil called in to report at 3pm on Tuesday, Moscow time. The whole team is back down in the town of Terskol. They gave it their best try today, got to 17,000’ before it became too cold and windy. The margin of safety just became too narrow to proceed. They packed up and headed down to Terskol. Tomorrow they’ll spend the day in town, and the next day back to Moscow.