July 18, 2018
Time to catch up with our team over in Russia. After finishing up a great day of touring in St. Petersburg, the team got on a plane and headed to the city of Mineralnye Vody. Sasha Sak, another guide friend with whom we work in Russia, met the team at the airport with their private ground transportation and they then made the 3-4 hour drive to the Baksan Valley and the village of Terskol.
Next day was the team’s first acclimatization hike. There’s an observatory a couple thousand vertical feet above the valley and it makes for a perfect acclimatization hike. Plus, if the clouds cooperate, the views of Elbrus are pretty darn good.
The crew is on the lower slopes of Elbrus today. More acclimatization and an opportunity to get in a little technique refresher. We’ve got the time, we need the acclimatization, so – why not?
So far, so good.