Mount Elbrus Climber's Log

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belexes - Aug 24, 2012 10:19 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

South Face Attempt

This was a Colorado Mountain Club trip. We took the snow cat up from the Barrels to the base of the Pastukhov Rocks. The weather was lousy: blizzard conditions. After a few minutes of hiking, I started feeling light-headed and dizzy, like I was gonna pass out. I took some tea and oxygen and rested for a few minutes 'til I felt a little better, then I was able to continue. The weather continued to suck, so we decided to turn back at 16,200 feet. I was feeling funky again, so when we got back to the Barrels, I decided - damn it! - to sit out the next day's summit attempt. Everyone else summitted the next day. Oh well, that's the nature of mountaineering. The mountain will always be there, and perhaps there will be another time.


BLong - Aug 19, 2012 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012

Independent North Side Climb  Sucess!

I had a blast climbing Mt Elbrus from its remote North side. Our team of 3 decided to climb the peak on our own, although we hired a driver to take us to and from the base camp. We planned for 11 days on the peak, got lucky with weather, and reached the summit on day 7. Aron was able to ski down from a carry to camp 3, and then skied from the summit to the saddle, climbed back up to 18,000 ' and then skied to camp 2. Tom and I shot photos and video throughout the expedition. It was a great trip indeed!


xchallenging - Jul 17, 2012 8:49 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2012

Lucky to have nice weather  Sucess!

Went with pilgrim tour, they are awesome.


JuhoK - Jul 16, 2012 10:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012

North route  Sucess!

I climbed Elbrus with a great international group of Pilgrim Tours. North route is the only proper way to climb Elbrus. No skilifts or snowcats. Amazing adventure but a littlebit boring climb. Summitday was long from Camp 1 (3750m) to the summit!


Rafal - Nov 11, 2011 4:07 am Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2010

Crazy weather in early April 2010  Sucess!

very cold, unpredictable weather, but yet summited!


ibekker - Nov 3, 2011 10:14 am

awesome trip  Sucess!

one of the best trips so far.

Alan Arnette

Alan Arnette - Sep 27, 2011 10:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011

North Side Success  Sucess!

Found the north side a nice snow climb with a great team of Russians!

Dries Desmet

Dries Desmet - Jul 27, 2011 4:03 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2011

Belgian Expedition successful!  Sucess!

Our independent Belgian expedition reached the summit on Monday 18/07/2011. After-wards we did the traverse North-East and descended through the east side! Very nice!


MountainHikerCO - Jun 25, 2011 12:11 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2011

North Route  Sucess!

Did north route because south side is not accessible. Myself and guide Yuri. 6/12 base camp to high camp. 6/13 acclimation hike to rocks (15000'). 6/14 rest day. 6/15 summit, pack down to base camp. MountainHikerette didn't feel strong after acclimation hike so didn't try for summit.


russian_nomad - Apr 16, 2011 7:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2008

2nd Summit  Sucess!

Only tweo weeks after my 1st west-summit I climbed with another group from our camp site on Pastukhov rocks to the summit. Passed lots of people and made it to the summit in clear perfect weather. Felt in perfect shape to travel to Nepal for Himlung (7126m)


russian_nomad - Apr 16, 2011 7:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2008

Normal Route  Sucess!

Initial plan was to summit Elbrus form South-West but we diverted with my group to Normal Route and camped on Pasthukov rocks. Next morning made it early to the summit. Perfect weather


borisaqua - Feb 14, 2011 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2009

Normal  Sucess!

Forgot to put sunscreen on, lost half of my face.


mipoddu - Feb 8, 2011 11:41 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009

Normal Route  Sucess!

Excellent weather. Approach to Refuge of 11 from Terskol, without using the cable car, through observatory and the glacier Gara-Bashi. Really fun - 3500 vertical meters only through the power of the legs.


thenewpassion - Feb 7, 2011 3:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2010

Normal Route  Sucess!

Lovely day. Some thunderheads in the late afternoon, but nothing to worry too much about.


Petro - Dec 18, 2010 3:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2007

Normal  Sucess!

I got to the mountain and learned that a race to the top will be taking place in a couple of days. Decided to take part in the "Extreme course" that is to climb from Azau (2400 m) straight to the summit. I didn't have enough time to acclimatize properly and made a mistake taking all the gear with me from the start (I could leave a deposit at the Barrels) and eventually got caught by the time limits on the pass between the summits.
Eventually climbed the summit the next day starting from the Barrels. It was cold and windy but easy.
I'm bit disappointed that I didn't succeed on the first push from Azau but on the other hand it was a decent effort considering that I had no lightweight running gear.


etai101 - Dec 18, 2010 12:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2009

ehhh  Sucess!

i dont know what to say about this climb cold no view at the summit and too much people then again it was on a whim


TomekK - Nov 4, 2010 6:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2007

harder then expected  Sucess!

no lifts. it was hard, not sufficently acclimtized. Pretty ugly mountain especially near Azau. next time I will come to race here!


svenssonc - Oct 10, 2010 9:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2010

Nice day for summit  Sucess!

We left camp at 2 am and made it to the summit in six hours on a nice and sunny day. Eva kept a good nice pace and Caj and Rasmus just followed. Anders and Emelie was a little behind but recovered and were back in camp first of us.


rockrat2 - Aug 23, 2010 4:51 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2010

Fun trip

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.

John Climber

John Climber - Aug 19, 2010 10:34 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010

Elbrus traverse  Sucess!

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.

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