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Our first mountain has change to Elbrus in Russia due to some last minute unforeseen red tape from the Americans.  Little hurdle but we’ve moved on.  We leave on 11 July, after the Finals!

Turns out that after the Denali park issued our permit with the knowledge that we were going to fly off the summit, they decided a week before our departure date that they didn’t want this and canceled our permit, regardless of the fact that it also isn’t in their Park Rules.  We will continue to negotiate with them for permission.  So McKinley will be moved to a later stage and we’ll continue with the rest.  Elbrus in Russia is just about in season so it makes sense to go their instead.  We’ve been a bit down the last week because of our setback but we’re back with vengeance to start this project!!


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