trekking to Mt. Cheget
the summit of Mt. Gumachi, 3805 m
the summit of Mt. Elbrus, 5642 m
successful climb of Mt. Elbrus
11 we reached the summit of Mount Elbrus together with our guide Andrey Ershov.
started organizing this trip one year ago and after 30 faxes and 2 telephone calls
we reached Moscow where we stayed for one day before travelling to the city of
Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus region.During
the organization we had questions about the safety of the region and the war with
Chechnya. Andrey explained us how big the region was and the surroundings of Mount
Elbrus were not included in the fights. The area was stable.
based in the village of Terskol in the Baksan Valley and had some climbs in the
area (Mt. Cheget, Mt. Viatau, and Mt. Gumachi) for acclimatization.
September 9 we started out for our climb of Mount Elbrus. Because it was Sunday
we could take the cablecar on all the way from Azau Glade at 2200 m to Garabashi
Station at 3750 m. We had one night in the drums and took off the next day to
the camp at the glacier at 4300 m. Next morning at 04:30 we started off for the
summit. Weather conditions were good. Clear sky and little wind and after the
sunrise it became a sunny day.
reached the saddle (5200 m) at 09:45 and after a rest, hot drinks and some vomiting
we all, 3 women and 4 men, reached the summit at 11:45. Well within our deadline
of 13:00 hours!!!
the way from our tents to the summit we walked on our crampons. The way back took
us 3 hours to the tents, where we had a rest until 17:00. We broke up the campsite
and went down for a good night sleep to Garabashi Station and the next day back
to Azau Glade for the first beer and vodka.
had a very successful climb. All of us reached the summit, no accidents, little
illness and a very safe trip, in spite of a war that was going on somewhere...
team leader of the Dutch Elbrus expedition - 2001