September 2016: Never flirt with a rock avalanche especially when it’s “danger-close”. We’ve seen climbers with chattered bones just because a small sized rock barely touched them while racing down the hill. This was Mount Kazbek, an absolute beauty in the Georgian Caucasus range, a dormant volcano. Every summer after the snow melts, the cliffs become unstable and #rockavalanches ranging between small & severe occur almost every minute. And that’s exactly what happened to us as we were headed to 4,200 Meters that day to perform a pre-summit gear test & expedition briefing at the edge of the glacier. I will never forget how tense we all were that day navigating the narrow glacial passes under the cliffs; you have to be careful not to fall into any crevasses, fast and light on your feet to get out of there quickly and silent so you can hear your surroundings properly in case rocks fall. I counted 4-5 major incidents that we observed from a safe distance; but 2 of them got us panicking for cover! The first one was on the way up and very close I didn’t even think of reaching for my helmet camera, we had to run as quickly as possible to hide behind big boulders… The other one by pure chance as I was filming in anticipation! That wonderful sound in the background is the sound of huge boulders racing toward our position before they changed direction! I’m grateful for everything majestic nature has shown me to date. This video is dedicated to everyone who hauled-ass that day, well done! @oscar_asly@joannehayek@karambarnaba@anzorzhurtov Sasha and Olga. Train Hard & Explore more, looking forward to the next one! @omni_athletes#omniathletes#omniathleteforlife#mountains#mountaineering#mountkazbek#georgia🇬🇪
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The magnificent days of the #blueskies … Wake up every day at sunrise, pack up, load up, jump out @ 15K ft, freefall to 4K ft, pull your pilot shoot and enjoy 3-4 minutes of pure bliss under canopy unless your primary canopy doesn’t open and you have to cut it away which is also fun but not my kind of fun. I’ve had 2 of those in the span of one year as a student and I can’t say I’ve enjoyed one millisecond of the whole process; let alone praying for the second canopy not to collapse throughout the ride down. But you suck it up, and keep repeating, and only then can the day start. First video was over the beautiful desert of Dubai shot from my helmet Cam, this was jump #189 on my log book from a twin otter after a 4 way group exited right before me, I gave them about 5 seconds before jumping to avoid any disruptions to their formation. Second video was over the green Maryland landscape in the US with Master Dave, twin Otter exit, but add 4 front flips just for fun since we were already at 16K ft. I miss my blue skies. #skydiving#skydiver#skydiverlife#omniathleteforlife#omniathletes
July 12: day 5, 10:28 AM. We finally hit our mark at 5642 meters, Summit Success! The highest Point in Europe, #mountelbrus . We were supposed to take it easy that day because we had been trekking and climbing for 4 consecutive days without rest, covering 80 kilometres of beautiful Caucasus mountain ranges and more than 7000 meters of elevation gain/loss. The plan changed quickly when we got the weather report; 2 bad options to work with: Choose to summit in high speed winds or sit around in base camp and wait another 3 days for the storm to pass. We all decided to suck it up, give the summit attempt our best shot and leave before the storm got in. But what an experience that was! 50K winds quickly became 80K winds on the steep summit ridge; the winds were hitting the face of the west summit and blowing ice splinters like bullets on more than 100 climbers. A perfect and chaotic mess! I saw more than 60 climbers turn back, some almost got blown off the line while some hunkered down to cover their faces from freezing -20C gusts. The summit plateau was hostile but it was as majestic and beautiful as any of the summits we were able to visit so far. The elements were just suitable for us to summit and I am eternally grateful for every opportunity, our amazing team and our hero guides. #mountaineering is the journey I have chosen, now it’s time to reflect on this one and look forward to the next 5 remaining challenges to complete the magnificent #explorersgrandslam . #mountvinson#antarctica coming up fast in T-20 weeks! #omniathletes#omniathleteforlife#mountains#mountaineering Train Hard and Keep Exploring.
Day 4: so far a total of 75+K of trekking and acclimatisation. Arrived to our base camp and finished an acclimatisation climb to 4800 meters. Total altitude gain and loss so far is 5000m +. #omniathletes#mountains#elbrus