Another interesting climb with AAI and Dave Morton, all went smoothly.
A fine climb, with an ass-numbing glissade that lasted 20 minutes and 2,500 vertical feet...
Finally summited on the 20th after a previous aborted attempt on the 13th and waiting for the storms to clear.
Made arrangements through Pilgrim Tours light package, which was a great deal. I am eternally grateful to the many cooks at the barrels whose Russian hospitality and generosity was amazing.
Don't underestimate the objective hazards of this mountain. Climb into a storm at your own peril. A fall above the P Rocks could be fatal when the ice is exposed, as it was when I was there. If you are not self sufficient, make sure your guide knows what they are doing. Make sure you bring a GPS - finding the route down in a storm will be nearly impossible and put you onto crevasse filled terrain.
A hot and long day. The weather was better on the summit with nice ice cold winds and clear views.
I climbed Elbruz west peak with Griselda MORENO (from SALTA) in a french lead commercial expedition, 13 years after a first climb of the east peak reached in may 1993 with skis in very poor conditions.
A beautiful mountain, but what a shame there's so much garbage to be cleaned in Priut hut! Please care a bout the environment, all the more as it's easy to remove all this mess!
Kind of depressing to see the snowcats pass you on summit-day morning, but a beautiful, cold, windy summit. (And a great sunrise from Pashtuhova Rocks)
On the third day we pushed through and climbed above the storm. Thanks to Vern Tejas and Alpine Ascents.
Beautiful climb - amazing sunrise! We had good conditions (some fresh-fallen snow, but not too much) and very good weather (sunny and fairly warm) up to the saddle. Then clouds and fog appeared and we had to speed up a little bit. Went with a german tour operator. Reached the west summit with six other group members and our incredibly competent and likeable guides: Ralf Dujmovits and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner - two of the currently best high-altitude mountaineers in the world! We had the summit for ourselves for more than half an hour. For a few moments the clouds opened and we got a view of the blue sky above 5.600 meters. :o)
Four of our group had to turn back during the climb (mountain sickness, exhaustion, stomach problems...) - our local guide Eugen took care of them. During the descent we had fog and clouds continuously.
Summited the west peak in whiteout and blizzard. Previous night spent in a crevasse near the saddle. I climbed the whole route on skis and then descended from the summit (nearly zero visibility until the saddle). Summited the east peak a few days earlier.
Perfect climb to the summit. Two days of waiting paid off. The first day we were surprised by a thunderstorm at 4900 meters and ran down the slope like crazy.
We had really nice weather although a strong and very cold wind.
From the P. Rocks to summit took 5 hours.
Thanks to Pilgrim Tours and our guide Sergei.
After 6 days of acclimatization and couple of days down in the valley with four clients I started the Elbrus ascent from Priyut 11 and climbed the West summit quite easily in 6 hours. The weather was OK, a bit cold (-20C on the Seddle), moderate wind, good visibility. Planty of fresh snow on the Seddle.
Perfect summit day! Gale blowing on top but no clouds! Much better than my attempt in 2002 when we abandoned the climb above the saddle in a really bad blizzard
cold but great summit day. Earlier in the season seems like a great ski down...
Great trip a little difficult to get to the mountain from Aberdeen Scotland though : 3 planes, 1 Bus, 3 cars including taxies, 1 cable car and a chairlift and that’s just to the start.
Acclimatization was done on MT Cheget and at the Observatory.
Ascent after 3 days of fight (on second day I couldn't make a step upstairs on the saddle between W and E summits) with frozen fingers and burnt face, but I was happy on the W summit which is on the edge of former volcano crater.
Summited at 10:58 am. Guided by Pilgrim Tours.
The Caucasus mountains are awesome. I should have brought my skis, this is a skiable mountain from the summit. Summit day was perfect until I reached 5200m. The clouds came in with the winds, visibility was about 5 feet. We still reached the summit though. The Russians were really nice.
Perfect day , 10 hours to reach the summit from high camp at about 3650m.
Started at 02:00 from the campsite above the barrels. Reached the summit in excellent weather with spectacular views of the Caucasus at 11:00.
Camped at 4400m. Excellent weather, but too hot all the way to the saddle. This time I climbed the peak all the way from Azau. No cabin, no lift.