Tuesday, 15 August 2006 00:00
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Ger McDonnell;

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.

Mick Murphy:

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.

Banjo Bannon:

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.




Tuesday, 15 August 2006 00:00
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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, 10 August 2006 00:00
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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.

Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00
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Wednesday - sreda 09.08.06

We had bleeni which means pancakes for breakfast. At last a rest day! Well some of the group went for a stroll but we just chilled out all day. It was much needed! We did go for a little walk through the wood beside the hotel, it would be a great place for hide and seek! Had a nice swim and Jacuzzi. There has to be one day of relaxation when you're on holiday's!
Tuesday, 08 August 2006 00:00
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Tuesday-vtornic 08.08.06

Another promise of a rest day, but not for us all! Pat stayed at the hotel to do some writing and Tony was too sunburnt to face the heat again, but the rest of us think they were just being lazy!! Natasha took Killian, Peter, Ruth and I for a walk. We set of from the hotel so we didn't even have a bus journey to wake us up! We stayed on the road for a long time then took a turn in by some buildings, which are used as a type of camp for children. I would have liked to just stay there to play with them, but that wouldn't give much training, so on I had to plod with the adults! We walked through a wood along by the raging river. It was nice and cool in the shade. We sat on some rocks and watched the river for a while. It flows so fast and bubbly! After the wood we walked through high grass and over lots of rocks. It was so so hot, I thought i'd melt away! We came to a place in the valley where soldiers guard the border into Georgia. Natasha said there was a nice little lake a bit further on so she spoke to the soldier and he said if we gave him our passports we could go to the lake and he'd give them back to us on the way out. So on we went, it was a very shallow lake so we went paddling in it. The water wasn't all that warm but it was nice on our hot feet. On the way back to the hotel we stopped for ice-creams and watermelon-arbooz in Russian. It was just what we needed after a very hot hike!
Monday, 07 August 2006 00:00
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Monday - ponedelnik 07.08.06

Today we were meant to have a rest day-we planned on going to Cheget then taking the chair lift up and getting a good view of Elbrus. Well we did go to Cheget but we only got the lift up to the first station, then Pat got a burst of energy and we hiked up to the top of Cheget mountain-3461m! But it was worth the climb, we had a cool view and it was really sunny up there. Back to the hotel then for some swimming and a dip in the jaccuzi! Ice-cream means marozhena-ye in Russian, very good to know especially on long hikes!
Sunday, 06 August 2006 00:00
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Sunday - vaskryesyen'ye 06.08.06

We woke up still feeling tired and a bit woosey! We packed up and headed back to civilization! luckily we got the snow machine to bring us back to the top of the chair lift. It was cool going down hill in it. From there we got the chair lift then two gondola's back down into the valley. We were very glad to get back to our nice hotel and have a good wash! My Russian word today is zavtrak meaning breakfast.
Saturday, 05 August 2006 00:00
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Saturday - Suhhota 05.08.06

Awake at 3.30 am! We had our breakfast then got the snow machine to the bottom of the pastukhov rocks, then we set off walking. It was still dark so we had our head torches on. It wasn't all that cold but we were wrapped up well! We saw the sun rise, the sky was beautiful, but we were to busy walking to take pictures of it! We firstly came up through the rocks, then up to a path which ran along the side of the smaller peak. This path was quite narrow with a big drop down on one side so we had to be very careful. it was up hill all the time with no break. Then we came around the side of the mountain and had a little less of a climb into the col, this is a flattish space between the two peaks. Here we had a little rest and got a drink. The sun was really getting hot so we didn't sit for long. From here it was another 2 hours to the summit. After our rest we had another steep dangerous climb. We were all really tired by now and getting hotter and hotter! The next section was through more rocks, there were lots of people going up and down and there was almost a traffic jam! We sat on the rocks for a few minutes trying to get enough energy to go on! i've never felt so tired as I did then! But somehow we managed to struggle on. After the rocks we had another steep narrow bit to get along. It was quite scary but I had the team with me to help me. At last we got onto a safer path, it was still steep but it was a wide area. Then we got our first view of the very summit! I nearly ran to it I was so happy to see it! We got to the summit at 12am. We all had our photos taken with our Irish flag. It was amazing to be so high up again, right at the roof of Europe! There were big groups heading for the summit after us so we left it and began to make our way down. We were so tired it took us a long time to get down and a lot of sliding! I tried sliding on my bum to save my legs but the snow was too soft and just matted up my fur! Eventually we got back to the huts, very tired, hot and thirsty. We all had a nap then got up for dinner around 8pm, we didn't really feel like eating but we had to get our strength back up. Straight after dinner we collapsed into bed again! Vnizu meaning down.
Friday, 04 August 2006 00:00
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Friday - Pyatnitsa 04.08.06

Today we had to pack up and move. We took the gondola up. We met our cook, Olga, then we all went up on the chair-lift. We had to load our bags and boxes of food onto the chairs. From the barrels we got a lift in a snow machine up to the priut huts where we are going to stay for the next few nights. We dropped off our bags and hiked up to the top of the pastukhov rocks. Again we had to wear crampons. It was very hot. We came back to the camp for our lunch. Then Pat decided we'd be best to summit tomorrow so we all went to bed!
Thursday, 03 August 2006 00:00
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Thursday-chetverg 03.08.06

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!

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