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CIS wrap up: Summits on Peak Lenin
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Jul 15, 2004 13: 39 EST
Scott Woolums reported in today that Lenin had its first summit of the season two days ago on the 13th by a French skiing team. As for the Adventures International crew, “we pulled into Camp 3, Karen and George are doing great. Set up camp in over 60 mph winds and snow! Some hard trail breaking over a foot deep along the ridge before Camp III.”

Scott just sent through this live picture and dispatch while up in Camp III in 50 plus mpg winds using Contact 3.0. It’s a full house this season Scott writes, “Lots more people arrived also with teams from Poland, Holland, Russia, France, Kazakhstan and Germany on the mountain… Over 20 people moved or carried loads up to here today after two days of marginal weather. Another French snowboard team is here with us tonight. Everyone else has descended back to C2.”

The trio is planning on a rest day tomorrow, however, if the weather turns nice they may end up having a go of it.

Westwards, Luis and the AC Elbrus team are safely in the barrels at 3500m, “What are these weird things you ask? Old converted fuel drums that have a door and bunk beds inside. This is where we will be sleeping, eating, and basing our higher climbs out of,” writes Luis. Weather, the typical crux of Elbrus is currently poor, so the team will have to wait and see what’s in store for them in the next couple of days.

Adventure Consultants is going for Elbrus, 5642m, one of the 7 summits. Their leader is none other than Luis Benitez, a four-time Everest summiter.

Scott Woolums is a two-time Everest summiter and avid expedition techie. He has used Contact 2.0 in the past to send back incredible live footage of tents being ripped apart on Everest's Camp III, and also sent back live dispatches from last year’s Khan Tengri expedition. He is now back in Asia and is armed with Contact 3.0 for his Lenin/Khan Tengri double header. Peak Lenin is 7134m and is located in the Pamir's. It is one of the mountains necessary to climb in order to become a Snow Leopard.

Image from the route to Camp III, Lenin, courtesy of Adventures International.
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