Elbrus, Russia

Prominence: 4741 m, 15554 ft

Elevation: 5642 meters, 18,510 feet

True Isolation: 2469.89 km, 1534.72 mi
Alternate Name(s)El'brus; Эльбрус
Highest SummitWest Peak
SubpeaksElbrus-East Peak (5621 m/18,442 ft)
Elbrus-Southwest Peak (5600 m/18,373 ft)
Peak TypeVolcano
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)43° 21' 14'' N; 42° 26' 10'' E
43.353811, 42.436098 (Dec Deg)
292220E 4803299N Zone 38 (UTM)
CountryRussia (Highest Point)
State/ProvinceKabardino-Balkaria (Highest Point)

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     Peaks with Most Individual Summiters-Outside USA (Rank #11)
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     World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high (Rank #31)
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     1500-meter Prominence Peak with Ascents (Rank #48)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Europe's High Points (McKeating, Crolla)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2004-08-05 by Petter Bjørstad
     2005-08-24 by Ben Lostracco
     2006-07 by Bo Belvedere Christensen
     2006-08-23 by Bob Kerr
     2009-05-28 by Kent Lutz
     2010-07-20 by Caj Svensson
     2010-08-20 by Brian Kalet (Unsuccessful)
     2012-07-02 by Mark McAllister (Unsuccessful)
     2012-07-17 by David J. Rhude
     2012-08-15 by Alexandra Marcu
     2012-09-16 by Matthias Ihl
     2013-07-04 by Ken Curtis

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Elbrus is a massive twin-summited volcano lying just north of the main crest of the Caucasus Mountains. The West Peak is the highest, and the East Peak (5621m) is only a little bit lower. While most Caucasian peaks are jagged, rocky uplifted mountains, Elbrus is a gentle cone and therefore the easiest major summit in the range to climb, in addition to being the highest. Although glaciated, the slopes of the peak are constant and relatively gentle, and the greatest diffiuclties lie in the peak's very high elevation and numerous crevasses.

Traditionally, Elbrus is considered the highest mountain in Europe, since the Asia-Europe boundary follows the crest of the Caucasus, south of the peak. It is a long way from areas generally considered "European", but as a continent Europe does not make much geographical sense anyway. On this web site, all of the Caucasus is considered part of Europe.

Elbrus is one of the famous Seven Summits continental high points. And, now that the Central Asian Republics are no longer part of the Soviet Union, it is the highest peak in Russia, the largest country on earth.

The volcanic cone of Elbrus is very atypical for the Caucasus.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 4741 m/15,554 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 4741 m/15,554 ft
  Key Col: 901 m/2956 ft
Isolation2469.89 km/1534.72 mi
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Pik Agasis  (E)
Isolation Limit Point: 39° 0' 41'' N; 71° 28' 0'' E
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RangesContinent: Europe (Highest Point)
Range2: Caucasus Mountains (Highest Point)
Range3: Central Caucasus (Highest Point)
Range4: Svanetian Range (Highest Point)
Drainage Basins
Caspian Sea (HP)
Internal Drainage-Eurasia
Worldwide Internal Drainage
Mediterranean - Europe
Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Prielbruskiy National Park (Highest Point)
First AscentJuly 28, 1874
Frederick Gardiner (United Kingdom)
F. Crauford Grove (United Kingdom)
Peter Knubel (Switzerland)
Horace Walker
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Other Photos

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Mt. Elbrus from Pik Cheget (1984-09-04). Photo by Frederick Johnson.
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Summit! (2013-07-04). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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My team approaching the saddle of Elbrus. Photo taken by: Anatoliy Savejko (2013-07-04). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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