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Elbrus questions

Selection of answers to the questions regarding routes, equipment, and tactics for climbing the highest mountain in the Caucasus - Mount Elbrus

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In what mountains is located Mount Elbrus?
Which city is close to Mount Elbrus?
How to get to Mount Elbrus from Moscow?
What difficulties await climbers when climbing Mount Elbrus
How to prepare for climbing Mount Elbrus?
Is it possible to climb Mount Elbrus by yourself, without a guide?
How long does it take to climb Mount Elbrus?
When is the best time to climb Mount Elbrus?
What clothes and shoes do I need to climb Mount Elbrus?
What is the atmospheric pressure at the summit of Mount Elbrus?
What is the air temperature on Mount Elbrus?
What sightseeing is possible to combine with ascent of Mount Elbrus?
Are there avalanches on Mount Elbrus and how is it possible avoid them?

Elbrus, Oshkhamakho, Mingi Tau – these are the names of the most famous Caucasian mountain, for many climbers - the goal, dream and aspiration of a lifetime. It is impossible to make a mistake or not notice the outlines of this mountain - wherever you are - in Pyatigorsk or Minvody, in the cabin of a car racing along the highway or in an airplane - one glance at the horizon is enough to ask yourself - why Elbrus is there, but I'm not yet on the top of it?!

FAQ on the Mount Elbrus climbing

Mount Elbrus - as a visiting card of modern mountaineering - there are few people whose path in the mountains does not run through the long gentle slopes of this highest mountain in Europe.

However, the excessive popularity and imaginary accessibility of Mount Elbrus summit sometimes plays a cruel joke - not everyone appreciates the real seriousness of this Caucasian mountain. In appearance, it does not look scary - this is not Mount Ushba nor Matterhorn in their cruel rocky grin. The outlines of Elbrus are soft and feminine. It seems that you can reach out and stroke the velvety snow on its top... A very dangerous delusion. Even the easiest route to Mount Elbrus - from the south, equipped with a dense infrastructure, trampled down and mega popular - even this "highway in the sky" does not forgive the slightest mistake and punishes severely for excess of self-confidence.

FAQ on the Mount Elbrus climbing

Like any mountain, Mount Elbrus is very demanding for any person who wishes to climb to its summit. The excitement around Mount Elbrus, the abundance of commercial offers and not always adequate marketing - these factors often do not make it possible to understand reasonably the complexity of the goal, choose the right and safe way to achieve it.

Having an extensive experience of climbing this gloomy giant, we have collected in this section the answers to the most important and frequent questions regarding climbing Mount Elbrus. The section is constantly being developed and supplemented - largely thanks to you - those who do not hesitate to rely on someone else's experience when building their own mountain plans and ask numerous and interesting questions.

The author of the tests and photos - Alex Trubachev


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