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Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team See the Sights of St. Petersburg

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

This is the last day of the trip for us.  We’ve had a really nice day here in St. Petersburg.  We kicked off the morning by beating the crowd to the Hermitage Museum.  Once we got in we disbanded and everyone took in the seemingly endless art works at their own pace.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the experience there.

Now we’ve all met up again for a boat tour on the canals.  The weather is really nice here with plenty of sun and just a little crispness in the air.

Tomorrow we’ll all head to the airport for our flights home.  It’s too bad the weather kept us from getting to the top of Mt. Elbrus but this group has really made the most of the situation.  Pete and I feel really lucky that everyone had such a positive attitude throughout the trip.

Thanks guys!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Throne Room in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Photo: Seth Waterfall St. Petersburg Canal Tour. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Elbrus: North Side Team Explores St. Petersburg

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Seth Waterfall | September 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Greetings from St. Petersburg, Russia.  This has been one of the two days without rain on the trip and we are psyched!  We really had a great tour of the city with our local guide Tatiana.  We visited St. Issac’s cathedral, Peter and Paul’s cathedral and fortress, and the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood.

Tomorrow we’ll be touring the Hermitage museum and then taking an evening canal tour for the last day of the trip.

Here’s a photo from St Issac’s.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

St. Issac Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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James and Pete…Different kind of summit…Did prez ask to meet the famous mountaineers - you and crew ?...Enjoy the sights…Best Waltero

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Posted by: Walter on 9/6/2013 at 4:27 am

Janet & Peter, Random says 4 hooves up for the summit tomorrow!  Resting and relaxing at home, Gretchen says “I could have done the 1st 17 miles with you!”  We… read more

Posted by: Pat & Jeanne on 9/5/2013 at 8:23 pm


Mt. Elbrus: North Side Team Heads for St. Petersburg

Posted by: Seth Waterfall | September 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Seth here.  We’re all checked in for our flights to St. Petersburg.  Today is our transfer day so there’s not much to report.  Everyone met up for coffee in the morning and the group had a down day while Pete and I cleaned and dried the tents and other gear.  We’ll be taking a red-eye to St. Pete’s tonight and then we’ll start touring the city tomorrow afternoon.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Elbrus: North Side Teams Returns to Kislovodsk

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Checking in from Kisklovodsk!  We managed to get out of Mt. Elbrus Base Camp today even though the roads were a bit slippery.  The weather had a bit more in store for us as we all awoke to thunder and rain early this morning.  After breakfast we waited out the soggy conditions and with just a bit of delay we loaded the 4x4’s and made the trip back to town.  After a well deserved shower we met up for a great dinner.  The next stop for us is St. Petersburg which should be great!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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James and team, no luck with weather, no summit, but you do have great stories to share! Just admiring you for the hard work for the preparation and climbing. Thankful… read more

Posted by: Soonja Choo on 9/3/2013 at 3:16 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Safe and Sound at Basecamp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 8,300'

Hi, this is Seth.  We’re all back down at basecamp.  It was a bummer to walk down today without the summit but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  Everyone was in good spirits even though we didn’t top out.

The weather has just not cooperated with us for a summit bid.  We were never able to reach high camp and that forced us to try to go for the top from Camp 1.  Even then the winds pushed us back after just a few hours.

Like I said, that’s the way it goes sometimes.  The important thing is that we’ve all descended safe and sound.  We have some great stories that is for sure.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Final stretch back to Mt. Elbrus Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Team -

BUMMER !!

I just returned from Burning Man where we battle wind and dust instead of wind and snow.  I’m sorry to hear that Elbrus has been… read more

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 9/3/2013 at 11:31 am

James and team

I hope you have a wonderful time in St. P! 

I am rEally looking forward to hearing your stories, learning more about the partcular challenges you… read more

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 9/3/2013 at 3:03 am


Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Tries for the Summit

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,300'

Hey there, this is Seth checking in from Camp 1 on the northside of Mount Elbrus. We tried to go to the summit tonight, last night, but that was not to be for us. The wind is out of control, you might be able to here my tent flapping in the breeze. Although calm when we woke up, the snow had stopped about a foot to two feet, where it had drifted in. Pete Van Deventer and I broke trail for a few thousand feet towards the summit. The winds just steadily grew and grew as we climbed. And just became to where we couldn’t really see too far in front of our faces anymore due to ground blizzard conditions and decided it just wasn’t safe.  The winds have been decreasing on our descent and back down here at high camp, we are all hunkered in all safe and sound. Tomorrow brings a new day and we’ll check in then. Ciao.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall checks in after the Mt. Elbrus summit attempt.

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James and team, based on your blog, time is running out for your climb to the summit. Trust that you will follow team’s prudent decision putting your safety a top… read more

Posted by: Soonja Choo on 9/2/2013 at 6:55 am

James and team

I suspect you are disappointed not being able to achieve a very important part of your trek. It’s hard to be in great shape, pumped-up and ready… read more

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 9/2/2013 at 5:57 am


Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team One Last Shot for the Summit

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | September 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,300'

It’s just another day in the tents here on Mt. Elbrus.  We’ve been getting snow since about 3am last night.  Fortunately we have not had much wind so that has kept our sanity mostly intact.

We are nearing the end of our trip now.  With only a couple more days left before we need to be back in basecamp, we’re trying to come up with a plan that could still put us on top without risking us missing our flights to St. Petersburg.  What we’re thinking of right now is a single push from Camp 1 to the summit and back tonight.  That will allow us to descend to basecamp the following day.  Barring that we may have to return home safe and sound but without the summit.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Mt. Elbrus from the northside route. Photo: RMI Collection

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Seth:  A comment you taught me could be appropriate at this time:  the three P’s, perserverance, patience and a positive attitude along with a bit of luck will get you… read more

Posted by: phil usher on 9/1/2013 at 5:33 pm

Choo and team,

Bit bummed to read about the weather stalling things but I’m sure you’re still making the most of it! Only a success if you make it up…and… read more

Posted by: Lauren on 9/1/2013 at 3:17 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Hit by a Weather Storm

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | August 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 11,200'

Well hello again from Camp 1.  We’re still waiting for some good weather. Last night was a wet, windy and wild one.  At about 10pm the side of my tent hit me in the face and woke me up.  The next several hours were very blustery.  At around 1am the wind died completely and the thunder and lightning started.  As the flashes got closer and closer the wind picked up and blew the thunderhead out.  Then it started to snow.

By the time we started breakfast everything at our elevation had chilled out.  It was a hilarious discussion as we related our tent experiences from the night.  There was a large cap on Mt. Elbrus but everyone was still game to go for an acclimatization climb.  We had to wait for one more snow squall to move through but we made it to 14,420’ a new altitude record for some folks.

Once we got back to camp it was almost dinner time.  We’re all done with dinner now and Pete and I have cleaned up the pots and put the stoves away for the night.  We’re anxiously awaiting tomorrow as there is another storm forecasted but we’re hoping it passes us by.  We want to climb!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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James and team

Sure sounds dramatic over and up there!  Very glad to hear everyone is safe.  Looking foward to hearing the team continue ascendig as the weather permits.  Be… read more

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 9/1/2013 at 4:09 am

Hi everyone & Doug
I’m sorry your weather has not cooperated.The forecast for 5000m & 5600m for Monday looks clear & sunny. I hope you can summit Monday.Stay safe… read more

Posted by: Lorraine Quinn on 8/31/2013 at 9:43 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team Halted by Weather, Retreated to Camp 1

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | August 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,300'

Hello from Camp 1.  Today we made a bid to get to high camp but we had to turn around due to thunder storms.

We had planned on moving directly up to high camp today and foregoing our scheduled acclimatization day in order to get in front of a storm that is suppose to hit the mountain soon.  That wasn’t to be however.

The team made a great effort and had camp packed up and ready to go before 9am.  There was a cloud cap on the mountain and as we started the climb toward Lentz Rocks, the cap dropped and big thunderheads moved in.

We made the conservative call to retreat.  After rebuilding our camp the thunder picked up and we had some hail and rain.  Right now the wind has picked up but the sky has cleared.  Even with the lull we’re committed to staying in camp for the rest of the day.

We have plenty of food and fuel and we’ll just see what the weather brings in the next few days.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

An RMI team approaching Lentz Rocks. Photo: RMI Collection

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James and Pete…June 2010 Electrical storm disrupted Lori / I’s Elbrus summit bid…Thxfully we were able to make it - And you too…Calm and poise and Godspeed…Waltero

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Posted by: Walter on 8/31/2013 at 5:50 am

Sometimes you just have to wait it out, thunderstorms on a mountain can be big trouble

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Posted by: Tom on 8/30/2013 at 3:32 pm


Mt. Elbrus: North Side Teams Takes Rest at Camp 1

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | August 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,500'

We’re tucked in and doing great at Camp 1 on Mt. Elbrus.  Today was a rest day for the team but we still had to pick up some gear from our cache.  That got taken care of first thing in the morning and in the afternoon we did a little bit of training out on the glacier.

Tomorrow we’re planning on putting another food cache in at high camp.  Once that is done we just need a couple of days of good weather for a summit bid.  Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Looking up toward the summit of Mt. Elbrus from below Camp 1.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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Paul

I’m very proud of you and I cannot wait to hear about all the exciting details of the climb. 

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Posted by: Sherri on 8/30/2013 at 7:36 am

Hi Lisa,
All this talk of moving your food cache is making me hungry (and tired)
Best of luck on Summit day. Be safe
Lin

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Posted by: Linda Poirier on 8/30/2013 at 7:23 am


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Recent Images From Elbrus Northside

  • Throne Room in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • St. Petersburg Canal Tour. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • St. Issac Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Final stretch back to Mt. Elbrus Basecamp. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Mt. Elbrus from the northside route. Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI team approaching Lentz Rocks. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Looking up toward the summit of Mt. Elbrus from below Camp 1.  Photo: Jeff Martin
  • The view from Camp 1(12,500ft) on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI Team en route to the North Side Base Camp on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Mt. Elbrus has two large summit domes and the Saddle separates the East Summit from the West Summit. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Elbrus team enjoying some pizza in Kisklovodsk. Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • The Team Touring Moscow  Photo: Seth Waterfall
  • Mt. Elbrus as seen on approach to Northside Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI Guide J.J. Justman enjoys dessert in Kislovodsk, Russia after climbing Mt. Elbrus.
  • Sun lighting the path to the Mt. Elbrus summit.
  • Spectacular views on summit day.
  • RMI Guides Seth Waterfall & JJ Justman with our local Russian Guide on the summit of Mt. Elbrus.
  • Approaching Lenz Rock (High Camp).
  • View from High Camp.
  • The view from Elbrus Northside Camp 1.
  • Looking up toward Mt. Elbrus summit en route to Camp One. Photo: Jeff Martin
  • View of the Caucasus Mountains.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Mt. Elbrus - East and West Summits.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • View of Mt. Elbrus on the approach to North side Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Base Camp in the lush valley on approach to the North side of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • On the road to Elbrus Northside Basecamp. Photo: Linden Mallory