Ger McDonnell has returned to Ireland on Sunday 13th August and is making a great recovery from his injuries that he received while on K2. He will be in Ireland for the next few weeks finalizing his plans for the The Irish Beyond Endurance expedition starting in November. www.beyondendurance.ie. He is also spending time with his family in Limerick before leaving to return to Alaska.
We just have had a text from Mick to say he has returned to Ireland today 15th August. We believe that Mick is going on a year out, travelling around the world.
Simon Scott has informed us that Banjo will rest at base camp for a few days before making the return journey to Ireland and is expected back on the 27th August.
Banjo safe at base camp.
We are delighted to confirm that Banjo is now safe at base camp with the Polish climber Jacek and the remaining three Russian climbers. It has also been confirmed by the leader of the Russian team that 4 of his team, sadly died in the Avalanche of Sunday 13th August 2006.
To the family and friends of the Russian climbers, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies.
Thursday- chetverg 10.08.06
our last day of hiking! We got the bus up to the Adylsu valley. We walked into the valley along by another river. It was good fun because we had to scramble over rocks for a while and we crossed the river twice on rickity bridges made out of trees. We came to the Green Hotel, which is actually only a green flat space where people can camp! We ate our lunch here then walked along a ridge to the Jankuat glacier, pat said it has melted a lot even since last year. Coming back along the ridge Ruth stumbled somehow and flipped down the side about a meter, she was ok though just a few cuts and twists. we had to walk all the way back to the hotel, so we were very tired by the time we got there. Just time for a clean up then off to Cheget for dinner.
Well tomorrow we head back for Moscow and spend a few days visiting markets and some of Pat’s friends before going home to Ireland. I’m really looking forward to going home and to sleep in my own bed. I Will let you know how I get on when I get back to Ireland. So for now Slán from the Elbrus region in Russia. We all had a great time, climbed a big mountain and I made lots of new friends.
Porridge and eggs for breakie-yum! We set off on the cable car again, and then we took the chair lift to the barrels, so we could save some energy for going higher. We set off through the snow, past diesel hut where we stopped yesterday, after about an hour it started to get icy so out came the crampons. It was really steep and icy but we took our time and walked for another few minutes. By that time we were due our lunch, so we sat on some rocks to eat. We had lovely peace juice, a chocolate bar, some dried fruit and a biscuit. All good to keep our energy up! It was really cold up there, and I was glad for my fur this time! Then it was time for my favourite part, coming back down! We made it back in time for the chair lift and then got the cable car back. Then it was time for another chill out in the sun!