Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Experience the St. Petersburg Sights

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

New team member! We now have a second man on the team. Carter is his name and is husband of Lucy. We put him right to the test by climbing the 218 steps up to the colonnade at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. No crampons, nor ice axe needed, but we did put on at least another six miles touring around and he handled it no problem. Super nice guy and loads of fun to be with, guess I need to make him a summit certificate. So much to see, what a great job they do here to make it user friendly. The rich history and the sights we visit, accompanied by a local guide, are overwhelming to say the least. Can’t forget the multitude of food options with the group making some great choices. Definitely not cheap to get some calories on board, but if you do a little research the taste buds are well rewarded. I have been on the Borscht taste testing program when possible, this kind of beet-type soup can take on many identities. So far the smoked pear version has been the most far out in flavor.  Being at the end of the Bay of Finland and part of the Baltic Sea,they say that they get about fifty sunny days here a year.  The usual maritime climate prevails. We have been fortunate with the glorious days we have been so lucky to experience. Better get here quick before the nice days are gone for this year. That said, could not of had a nicer evening boat cruise to top off such a wonderful day.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Church on the Savior of Spilled Blood. Photo: Mark Tucker

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