Mount Elbrus

Open when the Soviet Union in 1985 was the highest in Europe Elbrus mountain again to 5642 meters. Western climbers had not forgotten that Elbrus is 835 meters higher than Mont Blanc, they had simply forgotten that Europe extended to the Soviet Union.
Elbrus is located in the Caucasus, which acts as a barrier between Europe and North Asia. The area is fought by countries that have compared their political masters in Moscow since the split of the Soviet Union and for this reason the Elbrus region is surrounded as dangerous to travel. It can be dangerous and Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains rise to the south, but on entering Russia is considered safe and easier for Elbrus summit.
Travel in Russia is always fun and always on Elbrus on flight Aeroflot Russian internal Mineralnye Vody Airport is an experience in itself. Elbrus mountain to climb in a straight line forward in terms of technical ability. Elbrus making it difficult that the top long. With little variety and up to 12 hours to the summit from the base camp Those who can ski down in a little over an hour, but for those who walk the descent can take anything up to 5 hours.
Although this is a straightforward climb and climb very nice, there are many issues to influence the Elbrus and the surrounding area. Most groups stay in the huts Gara-Bashi and went to the top submission on this point. The cabins are crowded with uncomfortable beds, sleep is almost impossible.
The area around the cabin like a construction site with electricity pylons, concrete slabs broken and scattered waste. During the Soviet era, cabins and mountains were well managed and maintained, but in recent years, everything has a meaning of mismanagement and mountain feels a bit like a dump.
While these problems affect all experience Elbrus visit once to open more than 4000 meters from the Caucasus region and its views and Gara-Bashi cabins are almost forgotten.
The first night at Gara-Bashi past, but after these two camps Diesel Hut (4060 m) and the rocks used Pastukhova (4640 meters), climbers have a better chance to acclimatize and to spend more time and points not view the Gara-Bashi huts.