Contribution by Tracey Flood, IPA Hiking Club
For the IPA Hiking Club the month of July was marked with a daring attempt to conquer Mount Elbrus.
Several IPA Ireland members travelled to Russia and undertook a difficult task of battling the elements and pushing their own limits during this epic journey, which was duly documented by photographs below:
After a period of preparation and conditioning at the base camp, our members climbed towards High Camp at the altitude of 3800 metres.
From there they continued to climb using crampons and ropes towards the altitude of 4800 metres. They also trained intensively using ice axes. The weather was changing rapidly…
Unfortunately, during the attempt to summit the fearsome mountain, the group was forced to turn back half way up due to high winds and blizzard conditions.
They did not give up easily – they tried one more time, but after calculating the risks involved, everybody decided it was safer to turn back.
After the escapade, IPA Ireland members spent two amazing days in Moscow, where they experienced kindness and hospitality from our Russian friends:
And even though the Mount Elbrus climb was not completed, everybody had a fantastic time and moreover, now there’s a reason to return to Russia next year!