Mount Elbrus – 5,642m/18,510ft
The timing of this expedition could not have been worse seeing as conflict between Russia and Georgia started the day before departure and with Elbrus literally a few miles from the Georgian border it added an extra dimension to a climbing expedition.
I was in a team of five others, all of whom summitted, and without any major complications I made the top on the 17th August and was a step closer to achieving my ambition. Having climbed two smaller acclimatisation peaks in the surrounding area, Andirichi and Krumrichi, a two day push combined with a long summit day brought us all safely to the top of the highest mountain in Europe.
For me it signified the end of 12 months of hard-work and training which resulted in successful attempts of the highest mountains in South America, Africa and Europe and the realisation that my dream is an accessible one.