Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Prepare for Summit Climb

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 12,000'

The mountain might as well surrender right now. It has no chance against this intrepid group of climbers. Ok, kind of kidding. But we are summit bound early tomorrow morning.

We topped off our preparation for our summit climb of Mt. Elbrus with a bit of training early this morning. Focus was on the use of the mountain climbers best friend, the ice axe, used primarily while ascending steep snow covered slopes. The team practiced with care and enthusiasm ,confidence in this arena will help immensely when confronted with some challenging terrain. And yes, that is what the near future holds for us.

Honestly we go at this climb like all climbs, humble and hopeful. If this beautiful hunk of Mother Earth allows us to stand on the summit, we will be grateful and thrilled. Nature is the boss and we will give it the utmost respect.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The Garabashi Hut (12,000') on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Will be thinking of all of you today.  Be safe and have a great time. Looks like good conditions and you are all READY! May the force be with you!

Posted by: Kathryn on 7/9/2013 at 4:07 am

Have a safe but fun summit climb. Will look forward to your tales when you return. Love from Richmond.

Posted by: Elsie on 7/9/2013 at 3:59 am

Good luck on the big climb!  I will be cheering for you.  Looks like the weather is good.  Have a great time.
Love,
Corell

Posted by: Corell Moore on 7/8/2013 at 9:17 am

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