Mount Elbrus is with its 5.642m the highest peak in Europe, and one of the Seven Summits. It’s located just in Russia only a few kilometers from the border of Georgia.
Though Elbrus is the highest summit in Europe, it is one of the technically easiest of the higher peaks on the continent and it is the tenth most prominent in the world.
Elbrus has two summits, both of which are dormant volcanic domes. Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5.642 meters and the east summit is slightly lower at 5.621 meters.
The true summit was first ascended in 1874 by an English expedition led by F. Crauford Grove.
Khillar Khachirov, a Karachay guide for an Imperial Russian army scientific expedition, first ascended the lower of the two summits in 1829.
The mountain is in the Caucasus Mountains, which is one of the most rugged mountain ranges in the world. Elbrus may not be that rugged of a mountain, but that is not the case with all the surrounding peaks! The standard route up Elbrus is long and strenuous but not technically difficult.
The biggest danger is the weather, which can be particularly nasty on this mountain. Besides the standard route and the northern route, there are many much more difficult routes on the mountain, though they are very seldom climbed, and little information is available.
Even though standard route on the mountain is technically easy, do not under estimate Mount Elbrus!
By number of deaths, Elbrus is one of the World’s deadliest mountains.
Ivan Braun summited March 10, 2015 around 11:00 local time
Caucassus Mountains, Caucassus/Russia