Elbrus Team Gathers in Moscow

Posted by: | July 27, 2009
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Greetings Everyone,

Casey here checking in from Russia.

Everyone is doing really well despite the standard jet lag we are all feeling.

The last few days have been busy with sightseeing in Moscow while trying to chase down missing luggage. The group spent the better part of yesterday seeing the sights, which included the Famous Red Square, St. Basil’s, and the Kremlin. Some of the team even had a quick visit to Lenin’s tomb. After our day in the city we wrapped up the day with a very traditional meal of beef stroganoff. I won’t mention any names (Kevin) but someone thought it would be ok to order Nachos! Needless to say they were not quite up to US standards. Sometimes we just have to learn the hard way.

We woke early today for our 3 hour flight to Mineralyne Vody which is in the southern plains of Russia that lead to the Caucasus Mountains and Mt. Elbrus. After the standard delays that everyone encounters while traveling here we were on our way. The drive took us about 4 hours and was through the beautiful country side that reminds one of the Midwest (think of rural Ohio). There were sunflower fields that streched out as far as the eye could see. After a few hours of driving and a few near misses with the wandering cows we finally arrived at the Baksan Valley which leads to the mighty Elbrus. We are currently in a small ski town called Azau.

Our plan is to catch up on some much needed sleep and spend tomorrow hiking and taking in the views.

Stay tuned! more to come soon.

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