Elbrus Express Dispatch — Day 1
The first day of the Mountain Madness Elbrus Express expedition is one of few mellow days on the busy itinerary. It is set aside for those arriving on an overnight flight. A few of us, however, arrived the day before, which gave us some time to explore the beautiful city of Moscow before meeting the rest of our team for dinner in the evening.
Juice, Russian style. Lyra Pierotti photo (all)
As our team slowly trickled in, I took a few hours to see the sights of Moscow. I hopped on the aeroexpress train into town and walked a couple of miles to Red Square. The streets were hot and muggy but I savored the heat, knowing that things could be different in a very short amount of time. Tomorrow morning we will board a plane and fly south, then drive into the Caucasus Mountains near Georgia. Weather has been favorable lately, but the weather on Mount Elbrus is known to be fickle and temperamental, so we are prepared for a full range of experiences.
Red Square scene.
After I had my fill of busy tourist attractions and Russian street food, I started the hunt for the green metro line. Matching the shapes of letters and words, I identified the correct metro station, and squeezed into a packed subway car. I quickly found my way back to the much more modern aeroexpress train, and walked back to the hotel. Jet lag took hold until the late afternoon when it was time to meet our team for a casual dinner. Our group joins us from all over the world. Some as close as London, a few from the United States, some from India, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, and one from the exact opposite side of the globe in Sydney, Australia.
Catching the metro.
Stay tuned as our expedition presses forward! Next we meet the rest of our group and get our first glimpse of the ancient rocks of the Caucasus.
~ MM Guide Lyra Pierotti