Mount Elbrus, the Highest Mountain in Europe

February 2018 ยท 3 minute read

Climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia is supposed to be a piece of cake. Well, through the South route anyway. Its northern border route on this mountain is definitely an entirely different challenge. A suitable mountaineering experience unlike say Kilmanjaro. Climbing Elbrus involves quite a bit of preparation from your physical, mental and logistical perspective.

Apparently walking to Russia could take some time. So you’ll desire to make another prefer to improvise. the best form of transportation being what modern man calls the aeroplane. Upon arrival in the awesome town of Moscow the fun and games begin. The first challenge is finding a taxi. After you have done that, the task of explaining your destination and negotiating a cost is next in your list. No easy task when no one speaks English. The drive-thru to central Moscow takes about 1.5 hours. Manchester airport is approximately 50km outside of central Moscow and also the readers are a nightmare. Upon arrival within the hotel, its a fast vodka, shower and… time to hit the streets of Moscow. , nor try to hit them as well hard since you may come off second best. There are several pretty cool restaurants where you stand confronted with one more challenge. You’ll be needed to negotiate your way around a menu in Russian and waiter who, you guessed it, only speaks Russian. Might know about suggest you are doing is close your vision, move your finger around recption menus where ever your finger stops… order that. Oh, please remember the vodka. After dinner, somewhat ramble to the Red Square to see the Kremlin is unquestionably so as. Don’t try and spray-paint your business around the Kremlin walls. Somehow the Russian secret service does not agree to this sporting activity.

An earlier day I’m afraid. Well, I’m not really really afraid as days are not being frightened of. The Russian Mafia is a thing to get afraid about, but I’ll leave that story for another time. The flight to Mineralyne Vody leaves at 12H00 coming to 14H00. Upon arrival, we load up kit on top of the bus and make 60 minutes drive-thru to a awesome town called Kislovodsk where we check out our hotel to the evening. Once checked in, we hit the city for lunch accompanied by a vodka or 10. Discover during intercourse by 12H00, please get back to the resort. Breakfast is served. This is not tennis. We have been here to climb Elbrus remember. You obtain your own breakfast. After loading the 4?4 vehicles, we consider the 3 hour drive-thru to base camp which is nestled in the base of Elbrus. Why would you think it had been called bases camp? Because the camp hosts many night clubs that use excess base within their music? or perhaps is it as the camp is home the Revlon’s make up production? Nope. Sorry to disappointed you with this one. Base camp in cases like this identifies our base for that Elbrus climb. The drive into base camp is both spectacular and nerve racking. The roads happen to be carved in to the mountains leaving vertical drops as high as 200m. The tracks only permit one vehicle during a period. It’s safe to say, that no-one interferes with the trucker at this time from the game. The country side out this is so remote. The only reason there’d be any one while driving would have been to climb Elbrus. Being at the start of the summer season, we encountered no-one. If we come to camp, we create the tents, of loaded our gear making it for the mess tent for the first taste of mountain food-cabbage soup. Base camp of Elbrus is located at 2400m.

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