Climb Mt. Elbrus in July 2010
Posted by westtsai2006 on Nov 13, 2009
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City or Place: Mt. Elbrus
Skill Level: Intermediate
Partner Status: Want Partners
I plan on climbing Mt. Elbrus next summer (mid July 2010) and I am looking for fun and fit people to join me. If I get a group of 2-3 more people, then I will plan to do this without using a tour service (since I don't like soloing mountains alone especially ones I have never climbed before). It looks like it will cost $650-$900 depending on what we decide on logistics, lodging, food, guide, etc for 11 days. It looks like you can ge to Minerlanye Vody airport (MinVody) either by plane or train but they cost about the same (around $300 bucks).
Here is a possible itiernary:
Day 1. Arrive and meet in Minerlanye Vody airport (MinVody), transportation (4 hours) to hotel at the foothills of Elbrus
Day 2. Acclimatization ascent of Cheget Mountain, 3600 m (11,800 feet).
Day 3. Ride ski lifts and do acclimatization hike on Elbrus slopes up to 4100 m. Descent to the valley and return to hotel
Day 4. Ride ski lifts. Set up base camp.
Day 5. Acclimatization hike up to 4500 m. Practice our basic ice/snow/rope/self-belay, rest, overnight stay in the barrels
Day 6. Acclimatization hike up to 5000 m. Overnight stay in the barrels
Day 7. Rest day
Day 8. Summit day. Leave base camp about 2-3 am for the climb of Elbrus' west summit, 5642 m (18,498 feet). Descend to base camp. Overnight stay in the barrels
Day 9. Reserve day for climbing Elbrus (in case of bad weather) or hike around if we climb the summit on day 7.
Day 10. Reserve day for climb and descend to the Baksan valley or a hiking/relax day if the group has already descended
Day 11. Drive to Mineralnye Vody.
PM me if you are interested in doing this and we can work out specific dates and the logistics.
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