Elbrus - 2019

This post is a bit delayed to the hectic nature of the high season, apologies! Our trip to Mount Elburs in the Caucasus went exceedingly well. Utilizing a hotel in the town of Azau we completed multiple days of acclimatization on Mount Cheget (10,000ft) and then took multiple forays on the lower flanks of Elbrus itself (up to 15,500 ft).

Weather this early in the season was a bit unstable, with large thunderstorms in the afternoons. Being able to retreat to a warm shower, great food, and beer was a huge help! Summit day was a bit windy but we got 3 of our 4 climbers to the top of Europe. With an extra day to spare we were even able to do a short hike up the amazing Terskol Valley.

Having a great crew of climbers cannot be overstated. I feel fortunate to be able to guide great folks like this!

Dad Life

Dad life has been challenging but extremely rewarding these past few months. Between mountain bike races, European travels, and balancing guiding it has been hectic to say the least!

Aconcagua - @therealjohnmule

Well, that’s a wrap! Another great trip down on big dusty.

After a long fall of daddy daycare and as much single track mountain biking as possible I flew south for the Aconcagua season.

We had a small group of folks that continued to bond throughout the experience. Beyond a few snags and hickups along the way this was perhaps one of the smoothest trips I have ever led in Argentina. Part of this was the amazing weather, but more importantly it was the camaraderie and openness the entire team felt with each other. Without the mutual support none of the trip would have been possible.

The team was able to summit on February 1 in perfect weather, and with one hundred of our closest friends. Our summit day was supposedly the last good weather window in a few days, so as per herd mentality there were a ton of climbers headed up.

The team was able to enjoy many libations not only in basecamp, but at Ayelen and Mendoza

Again, great group of climbers and look forward to seeing them on other peaks in the future!