The guides did not insist on having an ice ax, but in the storm on icy slopes it would have been useful...
I got sick after cold wind to my sweat t-shirt and from drinking too much vodka. With changing fever and chills I turned back around 5200.
With -35° Celsius and Windgusts untill 90kmh
I stay in the top 11 a.m. Not good weather - windy and snow.
This was my first trip to a "big mountain". We were climbing in two days - one from Barrels to Diesel Hut and second day was our summit day, started 3:16am and reached the summit after 11 hours. The weather was perfect and I felt very exhausted during the ascent.
Summited the West peak on my third day, then a few days later the East peak.
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.
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!
Went with pilgrim tour, they are awesome.
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!
very cold, unpredictable weather, but yet summited!
one of the best trips so far.
Found the north side a nice snow climb with a great team of Russians!
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!
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.
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)
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
Forgot to put sunscreen on, lost half of my face.
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.
Lovely day. Some thunderheads in the late afternoon, but nothing to worry too much about.