Elbrus Day 5

Time to Get Serious

The team all have their gear packed and we’ve just had our last breakfast in the luxury of our Cheget Base Camp at 2,000 metres.

We move up the mountain this morning and will make base at new camps above 4,000 metres as we move forward towards our summit attempt.

I may not be able to post for a couple of days as there is no wifi signal on the mountain. But my buddy @averillarke has agreed to post updates on my behalf if I can reach her by text!

My main priority now is to try and speed up my pace. I have the endurance, I’ve acclimatised well, and my knee is getting stronger every day. It’s a question of fitness and being able to push as fast as I can through the snow without getting exhausted.

The team have had some minor issues acclimatising, some headaches & a tummy bug, but overall they’re in really good shape and we’re all excited about what the next few days will bring.

Thanks for all your good wishes. Tell the Karma chiefs that we’re looking for fitness, health, acclimatisation & a weather window, in the hope of making a summit bid towards the weekend.





  • Communicorp
  • Danone
  • Irish Farmers’ Journal
  • Dublin Airport Authority
  • WeightWatchers, Ireland
  • Limerick City & County Enterprise Board
  • ‘Foot In The Door’ Media Trainer for Independent Commercial Radio, Ireland
  • Clare County Enterprise Board
  • Carlow County Enterprise Board
  • Great Outdoors
  • Adrian Hendroff ‘From High Places’
  • Chernobyl Children International
  • Concern Ireland
  • The Hope Foundation
  • LauraLynn Childrens’ Hospice
  • Travel Department
  • Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race
  • 98FM Dublin
  • Newstalk
  • TodayFM Radio
  • Learning Waves Skillnet
  • BCFE, Ballyfermot
  • Pat Falvey, 'The Summit Book'