The second Trek & Mountain Reader Expedition – to climb Mount Elbrus in Russia – has begun, with the team flying out from London Heathrow to Moscow, and onto Mineralyne Vody on Thurs 9th August.
The expedition, sponsored by Berghaus and organised by Adventure Alternative, aims to complete a north-south traverse of Europe’s highest peak. This, the most challenging way of completing the Seven Summit, involves load-carrying from base camp to two further camps on the mountain, camping in snow, and braving sub-zero temperatures on the way to the summit.
Summit day itself is a 15-hour push up to the saddle below the summit ridge, where big packs are stowed, and daypacks donned to complete the final push to 5642m, and once steps are retraced, the descent begins down the south side of the mountain.
You can follow daily updates (via satellite phone) from the Elbrus ’13 team via our Trek & Mountain’s Facebook page, and we also have a SPOT GPS tracker which shows the exact position of the team on the mountain. And if you want to find out more about the team, check out our team profiles HERE.