Interesting trip, not technical at all but a very long slog. We actually started hiking from the base at around 7000' and only used the lifts to carry our gear up to the barrels. We made it to 17,780 before being turned back by weather. Also one member of our party came down with HAPE so had to get him off. So close to the summit but it will be there next year. Extremely windy, actually almost blowing us over several times. No need for technical gear on this route.
Me and a friend of mine summited Elbrus west after midday of august, 8th, some time after have been doing the same with the east summit. We were making a traverse of the mountain from the east to the summit and fro the summit over the normal route in descend. It took us 5 whole days in the mountian to achieve this adventure, with total autonomy and in alpine style.
Good weather conditions during the whole enterprise. In the morning were blue skyes but gradually in the afternoon storms were developing. Around 15:00 - 16:00 there were some showers/snow for about two-three hours (eevntually with strong winds) but with the nightfall situation was getting quiet again.
Almost wind still on the summits.
We, a group of 6 flemish and 2 Dutch climbers, climbed the mountain on a perfect and nearly windstill day. People were having a sunbath near and on the summit. The mountain was higher and colder than expected. Once in the sun on the sadlle temperatures rose drasticaly.
great weather, did not feel the altitude... wish to go back and summit the east peak.
07:50 - Finished ascent via Normal route. Sunny weather, mild wind.
Good weather. Baksan valley is beautiful with lots of wildflowers.
Jul-1996: Climbed Elbrus via Normal Route with a couple of friends. Good times, quite an experience!
I was there in august 2007. We use Russian Adventures and their guide Sasha Lebedev. Overall a great experience. The surrounding view from Barrels Hut is magnificient (except for all the trash all around of course!).
Rode ski lifts to the Barrels Hut, then hiked up and set camp just above the Diesel Hut. Spent the next day acclimatizing. Had perfect clear weather on summit day, and not too cold. A bit crowded, but late May/early June seems like the perfect time to visit. I used Pilgrim Tours Lite Package, and it was a great service to make the logistics simple. The Caucasus mountains are an incredible range.
Climbed it in August 2009. The whole caucasus area is magnificent. We first climbed Mt. Gumachi & Cheget for acclimatisation.
We had great weather on the whole trip, and Elbrus is a magnificent mountain, but it was a bit crowded when i was there, due to a big Korean group.
No summit. Terible bad weather, wait in tent for 4 days, and then when I tried I had to turn back from the saddle. Of course on my last day I took the car to airport, in a sunny perfect day.
Realy disappointed with everything aroud that mountain, I won't returne soon.
Will have to try again.
I was part of a Canadian expedition, using logistical services from Pilgrim Tours, that reached the summit, as a team, this August 2009. It's very windy on the summit. The mountain is filled with human waste. It's quite appalling. Hopefully the local government will take control of the mountain in the new few years, and arrange to have it cleaned.
I climbed the west summit of Elbrus on July 21th 2009. Beautiful sunrise but the weather turned bad afterwards so no view from the summit. But a wonderful day :-)
Early morning start in great weather but windy and very cold at the summit. Was sick the whole trip which made it my hardest climb, I could barely breathe due to illness. Was well worth it.....even the house of pain and the house of horror at the barrells!!!!! :-)
...with Ivona. Great experience.
(What a dump...)
Very dirty area...and view of ratracs really sad..but when you look at the other side of this mountain,wonderful rest of Caucasus it is the only reason to climb there.I reached the summit with Radek brade in a beautiful weather
With Kristan, Todd, Zig, Sasha and Konstantin at 11 a.m. Gale-force winds, low visibilty and cold temps couldn't dampen our elation at reaching the summit, but this was no picnic of a climb. Fewer than 30 climbers reached the summit on this day. Because the cable car/chair lift was out of operation we ended up reaching the barrels huts the previous day by riding in the back of an army-surplus dump truck, a ride which puts anything at Six Flags to shame!
I spent one night at the barrels and two nights at the Diesel hut before summitting. It was a cold and windy day.