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Mt. Elbrus: Northside Team Enjoy a Well Caffeinated Rest Day

After two days of carrying big packs and moving from near sea level in Moscow, to 8,000’ at Base Camp, to 12,000’ at Camp 1, it was a fine day to rest and let our bodies catch up to the altitude. We had a leisurely rolling breakfast and coffee session outside the dining hut in the sun, watching climbers on the route above, some still ascending, some descending from their midnight departures. Some of us found nooks to tuck into and devour our books, while others stood around and chatted. Caffeine consumption was a theme for most.

We did a short climbing refresher on the toe of the glacier in the afternoon, double checked that our climbing equipment and skills were ready for a carry to 15,000’ tomorrow, and then returned to camp to nap and wait for dinner. The most exciting part of the day was saved for just before bed when Pamela spotted a red fox cruising through camp. Everyone pulled out to catch a glimpse, though the fox was quick to slide behind some rocks, out of sight. Our plan tomorrow is to make a small cache of gear at our next camp, Lenz Rocks, in preparation for a move and summit in short order.

RMI Guides Pete Van Deventer and Mike Uchal, and Team “we saw a red fox and it wasn’t the clothing brand”


Comments (2)

Keep pushing Dan!

Posted by: Tom Maddalena on

Glad everything is going smoothly. At least you saw a Red Fox and not a Red Bear. LOL . Saying hi so my Sonny Boy, Marc. 

Papa Bear

Posted by: David Gollob on

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