Went to the saddle. We had very bad weather. During our stay 4 feet (1.3 meters) of snow fell. Summit day was clearer, but very cold, -19 with a windchill in the -50's. No-one made the summit in our group of 12, many returned with frostbite. See TRIP REPORT.
Very stormy and white-out conditions also. Under 7hrs from the small huts. I was the only solo American climber around. Not to many Gringo's around so I hooked up with a Canada climber. We spent only 4 days on the mountain. It helps your ascent if you avoid taking the tram/chailift with your GEAR!
Whiteout conditions and strong winds all the way. 8 hours from glacier research hut at 3850m - just above barrels - to the top. Climbed with Ivan Moshnikov - great experience!
Cold (-20°C and lower!)
A wonderfull experience !!!
Weather was not so stable, partly cloudy during ascent. Reached summit at 8:00 am.
Excellent climb, terrible weather conditions day before. On summitday beautifull morning but almost whiteout conditions on summit. Heavy wind and rather cold. Loved being on Elbrus, she is a very, very tough but wonderfull lady.
I have been fortunate enough to have climbed Elbrus 14 times as a guide, including 4 ski descents. What a beautiful area, and what good people live there. Great skiing in winter as well as spring skiing in May, June and early July, and consider climbing the East summit too. Great hiking in the area. Shashlik (shishkabob), especially the lamb, is great. Go to the "dome" in Terskol, or the Deep Purple bar in the basement of the Hotel Cheget for entertainment. I'm happy to answer questions about the area: firstname.lastname@example.org, or try my local friends' website www.go-elbrus.com .
Bad weather (snowstorm and strong wind) in summit night, which stopped right before sunrise when we were close to saddle. In return we had a sunny morning on summit, although still very strong wind, and a really nice warm and sunny weather on our way down. Long climb, nothing really interesting, fast changing weather. I liked other parts of Caucasus much more than Elbrus.
We did our acclimatisation by ski mountaineering and had very bad weather at the beginning, however weather at summit day was beautiful.
Terrible weather, sat in the barrels of 3 days freezing and bored. Massive summit day in white-out conditions. However, got there in the end and WITHOUT using the snowcat!!!
The caucasus is a really beautiful mountain range and Elbrus is it's giant. Summit day is very long, so make sure you acclimatise well as ther is no easy way down when you gat in trouble.
Beware of her famous storms and whiteouts, a compass and GPS are no luxury then!
See more info and pix on my 7 summits pages