In the meantime, the start of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi is days away! Journey continues following the progress of the Olympic Flame across Northern Caucasus. Watch the video reportage with details of yet another special project that was part of the Torch Relay — Project Elbrus.

During the Torch Relay, the Olympic Flame has gone into outer space, visited the North Pole, and descended to the bottom of Lake Baikal. And on February 1, the Olympic Organizing Committee posted a video of Torchbearers’ ascent to the tallest mountain in Europe, Mount Elbrus. The ascent would be unsafe and very hard to accomplish right now, in mid-Winter, because of the harsh winter weather on the slopes and at the top, and Special Project Elbrus was completed back in October.

Experienced mountaineers Karina Mezova, who has summated Mount Elbrus more than 130 times, and Kabardino-Balkaria Mountaineering Federation president Abdul-Khalim Elmezov took the Olympic Flame to the summit last fall. The torch-bearing mountaineers took the Olympic Flame to the western summit of Mount Elbrus (the tallest of the two) in a specially-designed “lantern.”

The Olympic Cauldron was set alight at 5,642 meters above mean sea level. Watch the video to find out how it was!

As a reminder, the XXII Winter Olympic Games
in Sochi kick off this Friday, February 7. Vlivaisya!