Mount Elbrus – 7 Summits

Introduction:

Elbrus is is a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, only 20 km from the Georgian border. It is the highest mountain of the European continent. Its West summit is 5642 meters high, the East one is 21 m shorter –  5621 meters. It is the tenth most prominent peak in the world.

Difficulty:

The difficulty depends on the route, you are taking to climb Elbrus.

The north route is much more difficult. On the summit day there are 2000m to be climbed and there are no snow cats. On the south route, there are huts at 4,050m and climbers can use snow cats for few hundred meters, which save them some energy.

Preparation:

Like every of the 7 summits, I climbed many glaciers in the Western alps in the summer before the expedition. I did at least 3-4 cardio sessions per week. The other days I did core training and strengthening exercises.

The expedition:

I summited Elbrus within my 7 summits challenge on August 2018 for the second time. One year ago, I climbed it from the south in great weather conditions. This was my first high altitude climb.

This time I decided to clim it from the North, which is more challenging.

The expedition started in Mineralnye Vody…..

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