To prepare the team for climbing Mount Elbrus successfully, Rob and Gennadi planned several acclimatization days during which our bodies would be used to the thinner air of high altitude.
The first day of acclimatisation was a light hike with day packs on Mount Elbrus, including a lunch with a beautiful view of both the West and East summits of the mountain.
After lunch, we headed towards a glacier for ice crampon training. Half-way into the training, Delanii lost her footing and slid down the glacier, screaming. I had to chase after her and managed to catch one of her trekking poles to stop the slide after about 50-75m. Delanii was a bit shaken but suffered nothing worse than a few scratches.