Welcome to a journey beyond your imagination to Europe’s highest summit Mount Elbrus (5,642 m or 18,510 ft). Mount Elbrus is the tallest mountain in the Caucasus Range of Russia, which is 940 miles long and some 80 miles wide covered in an icecap and 22 glaciers. The Seven Summits are composed of each of the highest mountain peaks of each of the 7 continents and Ladies and Gentlemen this is 1 out of 7.
So dear family, friends, colleagues, Mirac and everybody else out there with a genuine interest in climbing and fantastic adventures, please follow us on this page the next days and weeks for adventurous stories. This trip report will contain real-time dispatches from our Mount Elbrus expedition beginning June 1, 2013, which I will try to update daily via phone. Be sure to check back from time to time to follow our progress. If a daily log is late, dont worry, it may be due to any number of reasons, including bad weather and/or a lack of connection with phone.
Take care, and very soon we will be back to see you all with a lot of good memories and thoughts to share.
Viggo, Torfinn, Grete, Trygve, Ronny and Jan Petter.
Weather forecast Mount Elbrus;
Stavanger - Riga - Moscow - Mineralnye Vody - Terskol Baksan Valley.
We will gradually start our acclimatization with daily walks to 3000 meter. Walk high sleep low.
Date June 3rd, 2013,
Day 1 went very good, we walked 1000 meters up to 3000 meter,and no problems with AMS.
Acclimatization will continue tomorrow with walks above 3000 meters.
Fantastic day, but weather conditions could be better.
Take care and best regards from the whole team,
Date June 4th, 2013
Today was the day our physical capability was tested.
We had a steep ascent from 2000-3100m.
The team performed very well, tired on the return but in good shape.
Tomorrow we will move from base camp to camp 1 at 3000m.
We will make an attempt to 3800m before we go back to camp 1 for continued acclimatization.
We saw West Summit Elbrus clear today at 3100m
The team is anxious to leave base camp and head on up the mountain.
Weather conditions were good today.
Best wishes, Jeffrey
We will continue our acclimatization with daily walks to 3500 meter. Walk high sleep low.
Date June 5th, 2013,
Today we moved from base camp to camp 1.
We made a walk to 3750m with return to camp 1 2950m.
Starting to move up to altitude.
The whole team feels good with no sign of AMS or sickness.
Tomorrow morning we will move up to camp 2 at 3750m.
We will make a walk to 4150m and do glacier training.
Weather was good during the day, but wind at West Summit increased in the evening.
Let`s hope for the best.
Best wishes, Jeffrey
We will continue our acclimatization with daily walks to 4800 meter. Walk high sleep low.
Date June 6th, 2013,
Today we arrived to camp 2 3850m name the barrels :-)
We have to move a lot food supply and equipment between camps and good russian cook :-)
We made a walk to 4250m this afternoon.
All team is ok with no serious signs of AMS.
But off course we are all starting to feel the altitude.
Tomorrow we are performing the ultimate physical and altitude test of the team with climb to 4800m before we move up to high camp.
The whole team sends their best regards.
Best wishes Jeffrey
Yahoooo we will reach our Basecamp at 4100m.We will continue our acclimatization with daily walks to Pastukhov rocks 4800 meter. Walk high sleep low.
Date June 8th, 2013,
We have moved up to high camp 4100m.
Weather prognoses do not look good.
Snowing and heavy clouds the next 2 days.
But it changes fast.
We will wait till tonight and see if the weather changes before we make a team decision to try to reach the summit.
If so, we will start the walk at midnight.
Till then, we will rest in camp.
Will be back later today with updates.
Date June 8th, 2103 - Update
We have now got information that we have a weather window at midnight.
So we have decided to make an attempt to West Summit 5462m at midnight.
We are preparing equipment rest of the day, expecting a chill factor of -25 above 5000m.
My next daily log will not be before tomorrow evening.
We are expecting to use 15hrs to the summit and back.
Wish all the best of luck!
L&G, this is it.
Day 8 - 10 WEST SUMMIT (5642m)
Hopefully acclimatization is succesfull and no serious signs of AMS. We will try to reach the highest peak West Summit 5642m starting to walk at 2 AM and for 7-11 hrs, but off course dependent on weather and mountain conditions. And as always SAFETY FIRST. We have 3 day attempts on the West Summit before we need to return.
Wish us all the best and good luck!
Date June 9th, 2013,
We started the ascent at 0300.
I and the team reached the Mt Elbrus West Summit 5642 at 1155 local time.
First attempt. FANTASTIC.
The highest summit in Europe!
All the team with safe return to camp in the evening.
Now celebration starts after 10 days with training and acclimatization, and success.
Best wishes Jeffrey
Ps: Pictures and summary from the trip will be updated when I return 12 June.
Day 11 -12 Return Stavanger, Norway
Our trip in Caucasus ends, the following return,
Terskol Baksan Valley - Mineralnye Vody - Moscow - Riga - home sweet home Stavanger
My journey ends at beautiful Rosendal Norway for a teambulding event with my good colleagues and staff. Looking forward to see you all for two excellent days in the valley of Rosendal, Norway.