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| Elbrus from the north
(photo by Robert Walker)

Elbrus
    18510 ft (5642 m)     Highest point in Europe .
Major Peaks:
West Peak:     18510 ft (5642 m)
East Peak:     18441 ft (5621 m)
Location: Western Caucasus,
just north of Russia-Georgia border
Lat / Long: 43.3° N, 42.5° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status: Active, solfataric; last eruption about 50 AD
First Ascent: East Peak: D. W. Freshfield, C. C. Tucker,
    A. W. Moore, and F. Devouassoud, 1868
West Peak: F. Gardiner, F. Crauford Grove,
    H. Walker, and P. Knubel, 1874
First Ski Ascent: C. Egger, 1914 (to West Peak)
First Ski Descent: same
Skiable Vertical: over 11500 ft (3500 m)
Lift Served Vertical:   about 5300 ft (1600 m)



Elbrus is one of the world's great stratovolcanoes, with distinctive twin summits which tower above the western end of the central Caucasus Mountains. A huge glacial system radiates from the summit in all directions, with glacial tongues extending down below 10000 ft (3000 m) in many of the surrounding valleys. Ski lifts extend from the valley near Terskol at 7000 ft (2100 m) to about 12500 ft (3800 m) on the southern flanks, and the standard climbing route follows the moderate glaciers above the lifts to the saddle between the two peaks. Numerous other routes on glaciers on all sides of the mountain have been climbed and skied. As one of the "Seven Summits", Elbrus is an extremely popular climb and ski descent throughout the spring and early summer, and there are numerous guide services and even heli-skiing operations.


| Topographic map of Elbrus (1:250,000 scale)
    from DMA Map NK 38-1 Nal'chik
    <click to enlarge>
A few useful links:

    Elbrus Mountain Climbing Info Site (maps, photos, guide service)
    Climbing Elbrus and Heli-skiing Elbrus (photos, guide service)
    Go-Elbrus (maps, photos, guide service)
    GoSki Russia - Mount Elbrus (ski lift and area info)


More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...
Russian topographic map of Elbrus (unknown scale)
    <click to enlarge>




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