July 23, 2006 - Moving to our High Camp

Unsettled weather on Elbrus

It’s the 23rd of July and I’m going to give you a brief update.  The Berg Adventures 2006 Elbrus team has occupied the barrels.  We have moved up to our highest camp in position for the ascent of Elbrus in the coming days. Steve on the slopes of Elbrus

Last night we were all wakened in our comfortable hotel rooms by hard rain and a violent thunder storm.  Not surprisingly we looked up at Elbrus today to see a lot of very unsettled weather.  I should mention that we spoke to teams coming down yesterday and they turned back due to very high winds for the most part.  Teams from the day before had reported cold, windy temperatures but more of them were able to make the summit.  I can assure you that nobody went today.  We are up here acclimatizing, getting ready and we’ll wait to see what happens a couple of days from now and not today.

Olga was really amazing, everyone was very impressed that shortly after we arrived, and unloaded all our gear from the chairlift she had a wonderful lunch assembled on the table at the barrels.  It’s hard to describe but everything comes up those mechanical lifts that gets you to the barrels.  I even saw a fellow today bringing up some fresh mattresses for sleeping at the barrels, on chairlifts of course.

We’ll keep reporting on how our acclimatization is going and what the weather looks like now that we are in position.

Mattress delivery via chairlift

Above: Comet Hale-Bopp over Mt. Elbrus from Pik Terskol, Caucasus, April '97. ©"Observers", AlltheSky.com