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 there!  Best on a safe climb!

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 back down…so be safe!!! Fingers crossed and sending wishes/thoughts/prayers for it to open up and give you a chance if it is right!!!

Pulling for ya! Enjoy and have fun!


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

James and team

Really pulling for all of you.  Sure do hope the weather clears for you to be able to ascent and summit beginning later tonite. Of course ... Safety always first!!!

Best of success

Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 9/1/2013 at 10:15 am

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