I did Mt. Elbrus as a skitour in May 2007. We had good luck with the weather conditions and the whole team reached the summit. See the full photo album at:
Reached the summit on aug 29th 2008 in very bad weather, almost no visibility on the summit.
Pictures on: http://www.jeroenmessing.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=63
trash, crowd, trash...
Very dirty mountain. Summit many time.
I was very lucky with the weather. Have planned this day back home for more than a year. Walked straight from Azau up to Diesel hut. Spent the night in one of the neighbouring smaller huts. One day to acclimatize up to 5000m and back to the hut. On the third day I summited after a strenuous 10 hours climb. 10:15am up on the west summit, normal route. A beautiful day with very light winds. It became incredibly hot on the descent on the glacier on the lower slopes. The Pilgrimtour's "Light package" was excellent. Everything worked out just fine!
i summited Mt.Elbrus with a friend of mine.The weather was perfect and the route was extremely crowded .It was the second attempt. during the first one , we had a narrow escape from the storm on the north route
More crowded and touristy than imagined! Great weather during our summit push and beautiful views from the top.
Summited both EAST and WEST summit after a high camp at Pastukhova Rocks. Our party of 3 ascended on foot alpine style from the village of Azau. Reached the summit after 4 days on the mountain under great weather conditions.
The ascent on Elbrus was a great experience! Setting out around 2 AM and heading towards Pastukhova rocks having left those behind sunrise arrived with a majestic sight of Elbrus' shadow on on side and a memorable sunrise on the other. The walk up to the saddle took ages and it felt like a never ending story. As I approached the saddle I felt very weak and exhausted and thought I was finished but after a few refreshing cups of tea and a chocolate bar I felt revived and was completely restored. Reached the summit and enjoyed a few moments of clear skies after which fog and clouds engulfed the summit. I was on guided tour and felt like going for the eastern summit but I didn't dare raise the question. Perhaps it was the better option since a ragging thunderstorm closed in as we descended. Great experience and a memorable climb indeed!
Summited Mt. Elbrus on a very nice day and with an extreme head cold!
I have climbed Elbrus as part of an independent five member expedition. On summit day I was climbing with one partner, the others have already reached it the days before. We had an unforgettable sunrise, with the shadow of the mountain visible on the horizon! I have never seen anything like it! We started from our camp next to Barrels and after 10 hours reached summit. Descent was about 4 hours.
It was not the most beautiful mountain in my life, but a fight was long and gruelling :)
We turned back from 5000m because too late and very strong wind.
Beautiful clear summit day. <6 hours from P-rocks, went solo from 16.5k although solo is a relative term - there were 200+ people going for the summit that day. Made some great new friends.
Climbed with my boyfriend at the time Kurt Wedberg. It was a great trip and I enjoyed getting to know Hjordis and Bernd two great mountain guides. Bernd was awesome to climb with and gave me much confidence on my highest peak up to that date - what beautiful views - absolutely gorgeous!
Gunner and I acclimatized in Adil Su valley (climbing Gumachi) for couple of days first. Then, camped near the Barrel Huts. Second day, we moved our camp near the Diesel Huts and afternoon stroll up to the Pashtuhova Rocks. Third day, left camp at 3:30am and summitted in 5hr 45 min. We still developed pounding headache near the summit!
I probably will not return to this mountain (as I did not particularly enjoy the slog), but I would like to come back to the Caucausus to climb other more technical peaks/routes (like Ushba!).
ESugi and I made the summit after acclimitizing on Gumachi and spending 2 nights on the mountain at Barrels and Diesel.
Summitted together with 7 good friends - all Belgians - in perfect weather. Fun climb, interesting region, great views. Thanks to Pilgrim Tours and our guide Oxana.
Two teams reached the highest summit of Europe:
The first with skis to the top of the west summit on July 6th. 2007 leaded by Luis Pantoja & Mariano Frutos, and followed by Alberto, Alvaro, Liz, Jorge y Jesús (7 out of 10) on a warm and clear day with no gloves in the summit. Very good skiing down !!
The second team leaded by Jonás Cruces reached the west summit on July 8th. 2007 and followed by, Manuel, Erik, Paco, Jose María y Javier (6 out of 8) on a windy and freezing day.
Bad weather, low visibility and nobody else up there on that day. Expedition blog at http://elbrusexpedition.blogspot.com/