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Mt. Elbrus: North Side Teams Moves to Camp 1

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | August 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,500'

The progress continues on Mt. Elbrus!

We followed up yesterday’s successful carry with a move to Camp 1 on today at 12,500’. Last night’s rain cleared out, and this morning was beautiful when we woke. Having already seen most of the terrain seems to make things easier, and the group did great on our first move today. We are settled in to camp, and all the hatches are battened down just in case we see some more rain. I don’t think anybody is bummed to not have to share our camp area with any bovine friends. The plan tomorrow is to head a short way back to our cache site to retrieve everything, and then brush up on our cramponing and rope travel skills just outside camp. We’ll be in touch!

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Seth Waterfall and team

The view from Camp 1(12,500ft) on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Arrives Base Camp

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Seth Waterfall | August 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 8,300'

If success is defined by waking up, having a good breakfast, climbing to a new height on Mt. Elbrus, getting our cache gear on place, and most importantly, getting down before the rain started, then we had a spectacularly successful day. It was a beautiful climb up to our cache site 11,500’, with plenty of great photo opportunities, and everyone got a chance to stretch their lungs out after the last several days of traveling by planes and automobiles. The rain was kind enough to hold off until we got back, and with any luck, it will clear out tonight, setting us up for a move to camp1 tomorrow. We’ll let you know how it goes!

Best from Russia,

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer, Seth Waterfall, and team

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

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Mt. Elbrus: Waterfall & Team in Kislovodsk

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | August 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

We’re in Kislovodsk!  Today we made it one step closer to the mountain.  We had an early start in Moscow and then caught a 2 hour and 15 minute flight to Mineralnye Vody.  From there it was just an hour drive to the city of Kislovodsk where our hotel is.  Once we checked into the hotel, everyone sorted their gear while Pete and I went to a supermarket.  We picked up some fresh food for basecamp.  We’ll be getting an early start tomorrow for the 4x4 road to camp.

Here’s a shot from the awesome pizza place we went to for dinner.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The Elbrus team enjoying some pizza in Kisklovodsk. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Elbrus: Seth and Team Tour Moscow

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer | August 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a fun, if slightly soggy, day in Moscow.  The day started with thunder and lightning at sunrise but as we all met up over breakfast the light show subsided.  After breakfast we took a nice walk around Red Square and met up with a local tour guide.  She took us into the Kremlin and showed us all around the old cathedrals inside.  While we were in the Kremlin the skies opened up and it started to rain.  We gave everyone the option to bail out and return to the hotel but this crew is tough and all of the stuck it out.

After touring the Kremlin some folks wanted to do their own thing for a bit so we split into 3 groups for lunch time.  After that we met back in the hotel and reviewed the gear necessary for the climb.  Pete and I split up after that and checked out everyone’s gears individually.  Everyone seems very well prepared with top-notch gear and plenty of mountain food.

Everything is lining up nicely for our departure for Mineralnye Vody and Kisklovodsk tomorrow.

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall, Pete Van Deventer and Team

The Team Touring Moscow  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Arrives in Moscow

Posted by: Pete Van Deventer, Seth Waterfall | August 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hello from Moscow. 

The RMI Mt. Elbrus Northside team has all arrived and the trip is officially under way.  We met up this evening for a meet-and-greet and then went out to dinner.  The team seems very well aligned as far as goals and expectations for the trip.  It was a short night for us as many folks have just arrived in Moscow and, it’s raining with thunder and lightning all around the downtown area.

Tomorrow we’re scheduled to take a tour of the Kremlin and the other sights around Red Square.  I’ll take some photos and send them on in the afternoon.

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall & Pete Van Deventer

Mt. Elbrus as seen on approach to Northside Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Team Exploring in Kislovodsk

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | September 05, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hello everyone.
We are checking in from Kislovodsk, Russia. The team has had a tough time re-acclimatizing back into the civilized world. We re-learned what nozzle turns on the hot water and what fork to use first with our salads. Tomorrow the team flies to St. Petersburg for our final “descent” off the mountain! In the meantime, I’m going to bury my face in this cheesecake!

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

RMI Guide J.J. Justman enjoys dessert in Kislovodsk, Russia after climbing Mt. Elbrus.

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Mt. Elbrus: The Northside Team Back to Basecamp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | September 03, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hello from Elbrus Northside Basecamp!  Our good luck with the weather has continued.  Our hike down from Camp 1 was rather pleasant, other than our huge packs.  We took our time and now we’re relaxing and waiting for our ride back to Kislovodsk.

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Mt. Elbrus: The Northside Team Reaches the Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | September 02, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 18,510'

Hey everyone it is JJ Justman and Seth Waterfall and the ENTIRE Northside Elbrus team on the summit of the highest peak in Europe, Mt. Elbrus at 18,510’.  We have a beautiful day- sun is shining, birds are chirping, butterflies are flying.  And the team just did fantastic, 100% success. We’re very proud of the team.  We got a little bit of work to get down hill but tell you what, the team’s just doing great and we’re gonna get down to camp, have a little water and go from there. Thanks for following along. And thanks for all your wishes. We will touch base one more time, just letting you know that we got down safe and sound, but everything is great on the highest mountain in Europe. Ciao for now.

Update 7:55 a.m. PST:  JJ called to report the team is back at Camp 1, which is off the glacier.  The team is doing great and they have a lot of packing to do before the continue their descent.  The team will check in again from Kislovodsk.

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.


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls from the Mt. Elbrus summit!

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Mt. Elbrus: The Northside Team Preparing for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | September 01, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 15,300'

Hello everyone, this is J.J. Justman with the Mt. Elbrus Northside team.  We are happily at high camp, getting our tents up. Seth and I have our kitchen set up and we’re making water and hots for the team. It is is a beautiful day!  Again, guides are a little superstitious bunch so I’m gonna knock on wood, and cross my fingers and toes, but we just have a marvelous day moving up here to high camp at 15,300’. We’re just gonna settle in, relax, make a bunch of hots, some soup, a little bit of dinner, drink a little more water and then we’re gonna get ready for a summit attempt tomorrow. So wish us luck, wish us good weather here on Mount Elbrus for tomorrow and hopefully will be calling you from the top with some good news. Thanks for following along and we will talk with you again soon, bye.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Approaching Lenz Rock (High Camp). View from High Camp.


RMI Guide JJ Justman checks in from Mt. Elbrus high camp.

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Mt. Elbrus: The Northside Team Carry Supplies to High Camp

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, JJ Justman | August 31, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12m,300'

Hi there this is Seth checking in for the Mt. Elbrus Northside Expedition.  Our friend the wind finally gave us a break today!  At around 2 am the big gusts died off and by sunup everything was calm.  Everyone was stoked to get up and finally get on the glacier.  By 9:00 we were cramponed up and climbing.  The route was great and JJ set a nice pace.  We made it to our high camp in 4.5 hours.  We dropped off some food, fuel and a little gear there and then boogied back down to Camp 1.  If the weather allows we will move up to high camp tomorrow!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The view from Elbrus Northside Camp 1.

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  • 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
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