Mount Elbrus Climb and Ski Descent (Highest Point in Europe 5,642 m)
We took off from Boulder, Colorado on May 28, 2008 and headed to the base of Mount Elbrus located on the border of the Russian Federation and Georgia. Our trip took us through London, Moscow to land at Mineralnye Vody and then a four hour overland journey through the Baskan River Valley flanked by the Caucasus Mountains.
We began climbing on June 1st starting with a series of acclimatization climbs and ski descents and summited on June 6th.
(Russian: Эльбрус) is a peak located in the western Cacasus mountains, in Karbardino and Russia near the border of Georgia, in northern Iranian plateau. A stratovolcano that has lain dormant for about 2,000 years, it is the highest mountain in the Caucasus which belongs to Europe (if the border between Europe and Asia is considered to be at the watershed divide of the Caucasus, or anywhere south of this). Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 metres (18,510 ft) and can be considered to be the highest mountain in Europe; it is also the highest point of Russia. The east summit is slightly lower: 5,621 metres (18,442 ft). (source Wikipedia)