Elbrus South 13th July
Leader: Paul McCaffrey
Summit success! This morning Katie, Manesh, Ian, Duncan and Fred all summited in stunning weather along with leaders Paul and Vladimir! They are now heading down to the valley for some well earned rest.
The group have just returned to the valley from a couple of nights camping up at Syltrankel lake, where they acclimitised well by summiting both Syltrankel Peak (3827m) and Mt. Mukal (3899m). The first night at camp was pretty wild with high wind and thunder storms, but last night better than expected with a beautiful cloudless sky.
Tonight Paul will check everyone’s kit before they head up onto the lower slopes of Elbrus tomorrow. The group are apparently concerned about the frequency of the busses in the Baskan valley, as the donkey who was waiting at the bus stop they passed on the way up to Syltrankel was still waiting for the bus two days later!