We are putting the final touches on packing and getting our gear together. The atmosphere in the shelter has changed from frivolity to seriousness and focus.
I was joking with Adam that we should be playing Eye of the Tiger from my iPhone playlist, but he thought the song might have come from the Rocky movie where Rocky beats up on the Russian dude, Ivan Drago. I think that was a different movie, but we didn't want to start an international incident on our summit night.
Anyway, we are turning in for a short night of rest and have to be up for a 3:00 breakfast. Our snowcat comes at 4:00 am (7:00 pm Steinbach time) and we must be ready with crampons on...
You can follow us on the Spot locator all the way up to the summit (hopefully).
Wish us luck!
Sergei and Leonid
(Our new Russian names - you pick who is who)
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
- Mark Twain