Some don’t ever come down from around here; Staying high, Uno and 3G. Elbrus Base Camp.

We arrived at base camp this morning after a very cold chairlift.  Base camp is a series of small huts each one about 20ft by 8ft. They are spartan inside. Each one has 8 beds, two small windows, a mirror and a small shelf. On the walls are assorted screws and nails serving as hooks to hang gear off, climbers ingenuity.  When the generator is running we also have two bare bulbs that struggle to light the hut and a tiny space heater.


The huts.

They are simple, honest structures. And we will live in them for the next four days. Staying high constantly. Living on the mountain. Constantly straining against the altitude.

The one thing I find kind of strange about the huts is the fact that I still get three bars of signal and 3G! Thats better then some places in London (I’m looking at you Tower Bridge!). The portapotty here also wins the award for best placed portapotty. This award is somewhat negated by the fact that it is possibly the worst one I have ever been in. I have a cunning plan though. I simply won’t go. Just hold it all in and try not to think about it.


At once the most precarious and beautiful portapotty on the planet.

Once our kit had scattered about the hut we dressed in our wet weather kit and went for another acclimatization hike to 4100m ending up at a memorial for people who had died on the mountain. It was a sobering thought. Some people don’t ever come down from around here.

We rested at the memorial for quarter of an hour then went back down. Lunch was huge. At these heights your body burns more calories. Everything takes more effort.


Near the Memorial.

We napped and I found out that my bunk was located right under a leak. I switched to the other end of the hut and took a nap.

One thing you don’t realize about being at a base camp is just how much down time there is. Your sole purpose for being there is to simply be there. I guess for someone more spiritual it would be a good place to meditate or do yoga or something. I however began to bounce off the walls.

Luckily we had Uno so our afternoon dissolved into hugely competitive games of Uno that would continue throughout our stay there.


Oh thats right ladies…..Compression tights!

In the evening we were also joined by Natasha the second guide who would be helping Andrey.

Dinner was huge and afterwards the aggressive Uno continued until the generator shut off for the night.


This was my view for hours on the mountain

Elbrus Tours

The company that I am climbing Mt Elbrus with is Elbrus Tours. They are a small travel company based out of Moscow that specializes in trips to  Mt. Elbrus but also offer trips to other mountains within Russia. You should check them out!

Elbrus Tours

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2 Responses to Some don’t ever come down from around here; Staying high, Uno and 3G. Elbrus Base Camp.

  1. I had a similar experience in Mongolia… an exercise in solitude. I sat in a ger for hours. Played with a cat. Waited for lunch. Waited for dinner. Went for a walk. Wrote in my journal. Definitely forces you to slow down a bit… if you can, of course. Uno would have been nice in that ger, I think!

    • Barbara says:

      The problem with Uno and spending too much time with the same people is fierce rivalries develop that threaten to tear the group apart! Next time I think I will pack Buckaroo or Hungry Hungry Hippos. It does force you to slow down though which is a good thing.

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