it was much harder than i imagined, though the weather was perfect - sun, no wind. it took 12hrs to the top from 3800m, and 4hrs back.
The SW route is beautiful, and you will likely be the only climbers on it if you try it. It's nothing at all like the standard south or north routes. A mountaineer will actually enjoy climbing here.
Awesome trip to my first 5k. It was a cold but very clear day at the summit.
Climbed with 7 Summits Club, with Mike Chen, Jeremiah Condovano, Joel Castro, and 6 Russian climbers. Start of the climb was 4750 meters elevation.
We climbed Elbrus in 2 steps - first acclimatized and moved to Pashtuchova rocks - set up tents there and back to 3800m. The second step was to move to the tents in 4700 (Pashtuchova) and the next day to summit and descent back to Cheget area (2200m). We would have stayed longer in 4700m, however the weather turned bad on our summit day (July 10th) and we decided to descend all the way. No particular danger on the way, except sudden weather change to whiteouts.
Wonderful mountain to climb, but very industrialized with a lot of scooters going up an down to the point where the summit push starts.
We had warm weather and less wind that made it a great memory.
Supported expedition with guide. Climbed up entirely on foot and met up with standard route.
solo from north side with ski
Cloudy on top, but still nice weather and powdery snow for long snowboard run below.
Great news and congrats. I'm heading over in May 2019 with my son to do Elbrus. Using Pilgrim Tours as well.
Climbed on day two of our three day summit window with perfect weather and conditions. Fast summit (9 hours up and down)- climbed with Chris Oliver from Lakewood, CO. We had a great guide (Roma) from Pilgrim Tours. We really didn't need one, but guides are not expensive here, and our wives were happy! We didn't use the fixed ropes.
Climbed the western (main) summit from the South together with Bart, Koen and Maarten. Climbed with Pilgrim tours.
Good weather on summit day: clear skies & strong winds.
Great to be standing on the roof of Europe! About 12 hours up and down on summit day.
Climbed the normal route from Azau with climbing partners Ramon and Peter-Arjen.
Solo climb in two days. For photos and more informations (in German) see: http://www.hikr.org/tour/post7734.html
After an unsuccessful attempt 3 days earlier managed to reach the top on the 23rd of August. I was with a very good friend of mine and being on the top of Europe with someone important in your life is an amazing feeling :) I didn't know that there could be such a perfect weather up there - no wind and no clouds at all. We used the light package of Pilgrim tours so they helped a lot with the visa support and all the necessary paperwork. I highly recommend their services.
Climbed successfully from Azau, without cable cars or bobcats. First night in Barrels, next two night at Prijut 11 in the tent.
Ascent start 0:15am, summit 6:50am, back 12:30pm.
Had planned to climb both summits but was whisked up 2 days after climbing Kazbek so was too tired in the end. That said took a snowcat, which was an experience and then was first to the top (by about an hour) and saw the sunrise from the top. Not a particularly interesting mountain of itself but the views over the rest of the Caucasus were spectacular (including as far as Kazbek). Doing the Elbrus Cross might be more of a challenge for the budding alpinist.
A bit of unrest from family and friends leading to the climb due to political reasons, but positive thinking leads to a great expedition. Great teammates including long lasting mountaineering partners on other peaks around the world. Enjoyed perfect weather known as the "Walley's Window" which proved true. He is coming to the next Denali expedition as well!
I climbed Mount Elbrus with Pilgrim Tours, and we successfully summitted despite snow, wind, and near white-out conditions. The skies cleared up as we made it to the saddle, and we had a great view at the top. I will keep this log short and simple, but if you would like to read my extensive trip report (with tons of photos), you can view it at http://www.greenadrenaline.com/blog/off-to-russia.
Unsupported five day trip along Iryk-chat valley and Askeryakol Lava Flow. On the fourth day we traversed the south side of East Peak and pitched tents in the upper part of pastukhova Rocks. Last day we went along normal route to the West Peak and descended to Azau.