Europe's Highest!

In July I led a trip up Mount Elbrus for Adventure Peaks.  Mount Elbrus is Europe's Highest mountain and one of the 7 summits.  

Here's what Adventure Peaks say about the expedition to climb Elbrus...

Our standard climbing Mount Elbrus expedition via the south ridge has achieved outstanding success rates for people of all levels over the past decade.

We arrive in Mineralnye Vody (Mineral Waters) just to the North of the Caucasus mountain range. From here a 4-hour overland journey by road past fields of sunflowers takes us to the Upper Baksan Valley.

On this expedition we gradually gain height and increase our chance of success by taking time to acclimatise in the Syltran-Su valley on Mount Mukal and/or Syltrankelbashi, which offer views across the beautiful valleys to Elbrus.

Final preparations are made before we take the cable car and chair lift to the Barrels at 3800m on Elbrus (also called ‘Bochky’ or ‘Karabashi’), our base for the next few nights to further aid the process of acclimatisation before our summit bid. Whilst on the mountain the accommodation is more basic but food will be cooked for you. We will make two further acclimatisation walks, one to the old burnt down Prijutt Refuge (4100m) and the second to the rocks of Pastukov (4700m).

Climbing Mount Elbrus – summit day
For our summit day we rise in the early hours and prepare for a 3.00am departure for the highest point of Europe. It is often possible to obtain a lift by Snowcat to around 4500m. The route from here is a steady climb up to the Sedlowina Saddle, the col between the two peaks of Elbrus. From here the final 300 metres of ascent to the West summit is
on steeper snow slopes. The ascent is approximately 8-12 hours round trip. Time permitting we will return to our hotel base in the valley to celebrate or spend a further night in the barrels.

The group were a pleasure to work with and we achieved 100% summit success!  

If you are interested in climbing Mount Elbrus check out Adventure Peaks website for dates and booking -