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Mount Elbrus, the Highest Mountain in Europe
  • Climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia is supposed to be very simple. Well, in the South route anyway. North of manchester route with this mountain is definitely an entirely different challenge. An effective mountaineering experience unlike say Kilmanjaro. Climbing Elbrus involves quite a bit of preparation from a physical, mental and logistical point of view.

    Apparently approaching Russia can take some time. So you'll want to make another want to improvise. the best way of transportation being what modern man calls the aeroplane. Upon arrival inside the awesome capital of scotland - Moscow the thrill and games begin. The initial challenge is locating a taxi. Once you have done that, the job of explaining your destination and negotiating a cost is next on the list. Not an easy task when no-one speaks English. The drive through to central Moscow takes about 1.5 hours. Manchester airport is about 50km beyond central Moscow and the visitors a nightmare. Upon arrival from the hotel, its an instant vodka, shower and... time for it to hit the streets of Moscow. And do not attempt to hit them also hard because you might come off second best. There are some pretty cool restaurants what your location is faced with yet another challenge. You will end up necessary to negotiate the right path around a menu in Russian and waiter who, you guessed it, only speaks Russian. What we should suggest one does is close your eyes, move your finger up and down the menu and where ever your finger stops... order that. Oh, please remember the vodka. After dinner, somewhat ramble to the Red Square to view the Kremlin is unquestionably so as. Please don't try and spray-paint your company name on the Kremlin walls. Somehow the Russian secret service won't approve of this sporting activity.


    An early day I'm afraid. Well, I'm not really afraid as days aren't to get 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 reaching 14H00. Upon arrival, we bunch kit on top of the bus and consider the 1 hour drive-thru for an awesome town called Kislovodsk where we check into our hotel to the evening. Once checked in, we hit the town for lunch as well as a vodka or 10. If you're not while having sex by 12H00, please return to the place. Breakfast is served. Well this isn't tennis. We are here to climb Elbrus remember. You get your personal breakfast. After loading a few?4 vehicles, we make 3 hour drive-thru to base camp which can be nestled in the base of Elbrus. Why would you think it had been called bases camp? As the camp houses many golf equipment who use excess base of their music? or possibly it for the reason that camp is home the Revlon's make up production? Nope. Sorry to disappoint you with this one. Base camp in this situation identifies our base to the Elbrus climb. The drive into base camp is both spectacular and nerve racking. The roads have been carved to the mountains leaving vertical drops up to 200m. The tracks only enable one vehicle during a period. It is pretty sure, that no person interferes with the trucker during this period of the game. The country side out this is so remote. The only real reason there'd be any one on the highway was to climb Elbrus. Being at the beginning of the growing season, we encountered no person. Even as come to camp, we create the tents, of loaded our gear generating to the mess tent for our first taste of mountain food-cabbage soup. Base camp of Elbrus is situated at 2400m.

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