It is always great to get home and to be back with family and friends. My time in Russia was amazing and I would highly recommend a trip there. My caveat in this is to make sure you go with your “eyes wide open”. Russia is still struggling to make the transition from communism to capitalism and always remember the “Russia factor”; not everything always goes as planned.
Russia is amazingly rich in history and culture and is thus extremely interesting to explore. I did not make it to St. Petersburg, but have been told it is a must see. Perhaps I will explore more and use a trip to Sochi to see the 2012 Olympics as my excuse.
Climbing any big mountain always includes many unknowns. The team dynamics, the weather, the snow conditions and even the local culture, political climate and economy come into play. This is the excitement of exploration and adventure.
Once again we were successful in building a high performance team and this helped to create our success on the mountain and enhance our overall enjoyment of the trip.
Check back here regularly to read more about my thoughts on team development and leadership. This concludes my Elbrus reports.
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