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/
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.