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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!

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The view from Elbrus Northside Camp 1.

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Mt. Elbrus: Team Waiting Out the Wind

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, JJ Justman | August 30, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,500'

What to do when the wind is blowing 70 mph at Camp 1 on Mt. Elbrus? That is the question. And the answer is tough filled with so many choices. Read my book? Nope, forgot it at base camp. Read Seth’s Harper magazine? Done. Drink hot drinks? Check!

The team was productive today at Camp 1. We secured our tents for the heavy winds and during a lull we went down and retrieved our cache at 11,500 feet. We now are sitting on a stockpile of food and fuel so Bring it On wind!

Everyone is feeling great at 12,500 feet. And a little adversity does a body good. I just hope my iTunes movie hasn’t expired on my iPhone!

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Team Moves to Camp One

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | August 29, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 12,300'

Hello from Mt. Elbrus,

It wouldn’t be an expedition without a little bad weather. Today we awoke to rain and thunder showers. However, it wasn’t really that bad so we packed our bags and hit the road for Camp One.

The team did great carrying heavy packs that only got heavier with all the rain. We made it into camp mid afternoon, got our camp set up and just finished a hot gourmet meal by yours truly.

Tomorrow we are going to wake up late, enjoy some Starbucks coffee at 12,500 feet and then head down to 11,500 feet to grab the rest of our gear. We hope everyone is enjoying our blog. Take care and we will touch base again soon.

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

Looking up toward Mt. Elbrus summit en route to Camp One. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Mt. Elbrus: Team Carries Gear Above Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | August 28, 2012
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Elevation: 8,500'

Hi everyone,
This is the Mt. Elbrus North-side Expedition checking in from our Base Camp.  Today we carried a big chunk of our gear up to about 11,500’ before returning to 8,500’.  The summit was socked in today but the lower slopes had mostly sunny skies which was perfect for us.  Our group is 100% healthy and strong and everyone is having fun.  We’re going to spend the afternoon relaxing and prepping for our move up to Camp 1 tomorrow.

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View of the Caucasus Mountains.  Photo: RMI Collection Mt. Elbrus - East and West Summits.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Team Arrives North Side Base Camp

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | August 27, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside
Elevation: 8,300'

We have put the adventure back in adventure travel! Today our team made the arduous and breathtaking seat of your pants four wheel drive ride into Base Camp on the North side of Mount Elbrus.

It really was smooth sailing but the road demands full attention. It’s a rally car racers dream. We have set up camp in this beautiful Russian valley. We took an afternoon stroll to the mineral springs that bubble out of the ground (Perrier and San Pelligrino eat your heart out)! However no one had the guts to take a dip in the enclosed mineral pool. The water is a balmy 40 degrees!

The team has packed the packs with group gear consisting of dinners and breakfasts for up high: ropes, pickets, fuel and personal clothing. Tomorrow we will carry to Camp 1 and return to base.

I have to get going, tonight Seth and I rock/paper/scissored for who gets to make chow…I lost. Get ready for chili cheese hot dogs with southern quesadillas!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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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Mt. Elbrus: The Northside Team Bound for Mineralnye Vody

Posted by: JJ Justman, Seth Waterfall | August 26, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Northside

Hello everyone, it’s JJ and Seth along with the 2012 Mount Elbrus Northside Team! We packed our bags and headed out early this morning to catch our flight to Mineralnye Vody.

It was then a full day of grocery shopping, sorting gear and packing all our expedition gear. We will have a long, adventurous drive to base camp on the north side of Elbrus. We will let you know how beautiful the drive is tomorrow.

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Seth Waterfall

On the road to Elbrus Northside Basecamp. Photo: Linden Mallory

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