In winter and summer this glacier covered by snow, but in April\May very strong winds at this altitude and just naked ice.
Elbrus classical route has 2B in russian grade (or PD+ in apline system), but in May it hard 3B. Many accidents happens here. For example at week 27 April to 5 May 2007 - two people died and one in hospital with broken leg, hand and ribs :( He was our friend from poland team and we go up together.
Also 5 May was another rescue operation on Elbrus East slopes. Another russian team (5 people) was after "cold night" and one man also was broken (leg) :(
Thanks for replaying.
I visited the area in Aug 2005 and looked so different. I'll be there next August as well, planning to climb some more mountains in this area.
I liked the collection of your photos, but I think that you should add some more comments on them.