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Elbrus Expedition Dispatch — All together

Hel­lo from Rus­sia! Our whole group is togeth­er now and every­one is doing well. Our group con­sists of 4 climbers, myself, and my assis­tant guide, Soltan. In our group we have: Hanse Ringstrom from Stock­holm, Swe­den; Steve Pig­ott from Can­ton, GA; Joe Dehart from Cary, NC; and David Smith from Knoxville, MD. As you can see in the pho­tos, Steve is a pro­fes­sion­al fire­fight­er and plans to wear his turn-out gear for the summit!

We just fin­ished our last day of dry-land” acclima­ti­za­tion. Tomor­row we will go to the bar­rels camp at close to 12,000′. Then we will climb to Pas­takhov Rocks, near 15,000′, to prac­tice some climb­ing tech­niques. We will be ready for the sum­mit by Mon­day or Tues­day. The group is strong and we expect good suc­cess on this out­ing. We will send an update in a few days.

Geoff Unger

Cheget, Rus­sia