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Month: May 2018

Seven days on Elbrus

As soon as I saw our transport after arriving at Mineralnye Vody, I knew our Russian expedition to Elbrus was off to a good start. A classic 4×4 with the appearance (and performance) of being from the Soviet era swallowed our ski gear, and after a little contortion, us as well. We were getting the full value expedition experience! Gazing through the windows at the local scenery, with occasional eyes shut traffic related terror, we made our way out of the city and to the remote north side of Elbrus. Away from the popular ski resort on the south...

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Decisions, decisions……

It seems like we’ve had a couple of weeks worth of bad weather to bring the spring ski touring season to a close. Sometimes the crux of a weeks guiding is working out where to go in the first place. When the forecast changes every day, with occasional promises of sunshine in amongst the cloud, it’s hard not to be drawn into sticking with your big plans. Unfortunately this past few days and weeks has seen a large number of serious accidents in the alps, with folk getting caught out in the weather. A lesson for us all, guides...

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Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits

We still have an incredible volume of snow here in the alps for the time of year. Although much of the snow has been stripped below 1800m the snow above that is in good shape. “Team Holland” were over in Chamonix for four days with the main aim being a ski ascent of Mont Blanc. The conditions, and weather were a bit against us however, so we switched the whole programme around and ended up with four quality spring ski touring days, with contrasting ascent and descents all week. The Grand Paradiso from the Chabod Refuge was a good...

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  • Seven days on Elbrus
    As soon as I saw our transport after arriving at Mineralnye Vody, I knew our Russian expedition to […]
  • Decisions, decisions……
    It seems like we’ve had a couple of weeks worth of bad weather to bring the spring ski touring […]

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