Mount Elbrus, the Highest Mountain in Europe
  • Climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia is supposed to be very easy. Well, from the South route anyway. The north route on this mountain is an entirely different challenge. A proper mountaineering experience unlike say Kilmanjaro. Climbing Elbrus involves quite a bit of preparation from your physical, mental and logistical standpoint.

    Apparently visiting Russia can take some time. So you will intend to make another want to improvise. the very best form of transportation being what modern man calls the aeroplane. Upon arrival inside the awesome town of Moscow the enjoyment and games begin. The 1st challenge is locating a taxi. After you have done that, the duty of explaining your destination and negotiating an expense is next on your list. Not an easy task when nobody speaks English. The drive through to central Moscow takes about 1.5 hours. The airport is all about 50km beyond central Moscow and also the readers are a nightmare. Upon arrival in the hotel, its an instant vodka, shower and... time and energy to hit the streets of Moscow. And do not attempt to hit them as well hard because you might come off second best. There are some pretty cool restaurants where you are confronted with one more challenge. You may be forced to negotiate on your path around a menu in Russian and waiter who, you guessed it, only speaks Russian. Might know about suggest one does is close your vision, move your finger around recption menus where ever your finger stops... order that. Oh, please remember the vodka. After dinner, a bit ramble to the Red Square to determine the Kremlin is obviously in order. Don't try and spray-paint your company name around the Kremlin walls. Somehow the Russian secret service will not approve of this sporting activity.

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    A young day I'm afraid. Well, That's not me really afraid as days aren't to become scared of. The Russian Mafia is something to become afraid about, but I'll leave that story for the next time. The flight to Mineralyne Vody leaves at 12H00 arriving at 14H00. Upon arrival, we bunch the gear on top of the bus and consider the 60 minutes drive-thru to a awesome town called Kislovodsk where we look at our hotel for the evening. Once checked in, we hit the town for lunch then a vodka or 10. If you aren't while having sex by 12H00, please get back to your accommodation. Breakfast is served. Well this isn't tennis. Were here to climb Elbrus remember. You will get your own breakfast. After loading several?4 vehicles, we go ahead and take 3 hour drive through to base camp that is nestled on the base of Elbrus. Why did you think it turned out called bases camp? Because the camp is home to many golf clubs who use excess base of their music? or possibly it because the camp is home the Revlon's make up production? Nope. Sorry to let you down on this one. Base camp in this instance is the term for our base for your Elbrus climb. The drive into base camp is both spectacular and nerve racking. The roads have already been carved to the mountains leaving vertical drops of up to 200m. The tracks only permit one vehicle at any given time. It is safe to say, that no person inhibits the trucker at this stage of the game. The country side out here's so remote. The one reason there would be anyone on the roads ended up being to climb Elbrus. Being at the start of the season, we encountered no person. If we come to camp, we set up the tents, of loaded our gear making for the mess tent for the first taste of mountain food-cabbage soup. Base camp of Elbrus is located at 2400m.

    Check out about Elbrus climbing web portal: here.

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