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Update from Josh

posted 7 Jul 2010, 10:32 by Admin ^   [ updated 9 Jul 2010, 04:05 ]
A message from Josh who is currently preparing for Summit number 2 of 7:

"Mt Elbrus of Russia stands at a chilling 5642 metres above sea level, and while some would laugh at it being smaller than the likes of Kilimanjaro at 5895m, it is most definitely a more technical and more challenging climb.  The temperature on the mountain near the summit camps can get down to – 20 degrees at night whilst hitting a comfy 10 degrees during the day (if you are lucky).

Kai, who I met on the Kili trip, and I depart for the Caucasus Mountain Range in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia, near the border of Georgia on the 16th July. The climb takes a total of 10 days on the North Side, which is the tougher and less commercial part of the mountain. We plan to hike the full way, no porters, and we have chosen to do the tented route as well, well we say it is a choice, but there are no huts on the northern side either...

Preparation has been more difficult than one can imagine. Full gear is required for the climb, we have had to get new plastic boots, harness's and we are renting ice axes from our very nice tour group. Thanks to Kai's connections, we both have crampons.

Our Summit attempt will be on the 22nd of July, the final push is a staggering 1942 metres in one night from camp one (3700m).  We will do our best to see if we can make contact with the outside world. With our Netbook and a Blackberry expect to see many photos and video blogs.

Without 3rds though, I can say with confidence that I would not have been able to achieve the outdoors knowledge, along with the organisation and communication skills to help organise this monumental trip. Thank you 3rds.
Josh Curly" 

Josh, come back alive, come back friends and bag a peak!

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Admin ^,
7 Jul 2010, 11:03