Why Climb Elbrus with Alpine Ascents?
As the highest peak in Europe, Elbrus is a premier ascent for climbers who wish to test their skills at increasing altitude. Although only basic mountaineering skills are required, high-altitude and unpredictable weather make this a challenging and enticing ascent. Elbrus expedition is logistically demanding and we offer several key elements that separate our climb from other outfitters. One of our most popular climbs, this trip has filled five to six months in advance for the past five years.
In 2016 we started using the more pleasurable “High huts” to launch out summit bid.
Key Elements of our Climb and Success
We always send a guide from the United States, generally an experienced Himalayan climber. 2016 saw nearly 96% success with Vern and Carole Tejas leading our teams. Our 2017 trips are scheduled to be led by Vern Tejas.
We have had a 95% summit success since 2000, with most teams having 100% success. Compare our expedition record to those of other guide services.
We have built-in extra days for bad weather and acclimatization to give our team the best chance of summiting. This includes extra days reserved for High Camp, which is not common.
Russia is a challenging country in which to operate. Our years of experience have helped us iron out many of the wrinkles. We are able to deal with issues as they arise (and they will!).
We have been working with the same Russian staff for the past ten years and our guiding systems are extremely compatible. We hire extra guides for summit day (and often earlier) to keep climber-to-guide ratios low.
We offer quality hotels and meals throughout the climb. (This is one way that guide services usually try and cut costs.) The cost of the internal flight to/from Mineral Vody is included.
Our departure and return dates are set to give us access to as many cultural activities as possible. We offer tours of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
We try to be up front about all costs. Note our cost inclusions, which cover internal flights and most meals.
Overall, this was a fantastic climb. I was not thinking of doing much larger mountains than Elbrus in the future, but this program, along with Vern’s amazing support, has convinced me to try some larger mountains, both for the achievement, but also for the fun of the experience!