Ascent of Elbrus on 2017-08-08

Climber: Sascha Grabow

Others in Party:Solo-Climb
Date:Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hitchhiking
    Elevation:18510 ft / 5641 m

Ascent Trip Report

if you start at night, do not deviate or try to shortcut to the right as there is a steep river canyon. i learned the hard way and had to eventually turn back. in the hut most people start to get ready at 9 pm, for the final ascend starting 11 pm, reaching summit for sunrise. some people drive up to 4800 or almost 4900m with snowcats, filling the air with petrol smell for everyone else. if your head hurts at 4000m, it should be better after resting well and long enough in that hut, costing about 10$, no reservation needed.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:11538 ft / 3516 m
    Total Elevation Loss:11538 ft / 3516 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Mud/Swamp, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Frigid, Windy, Clear
minus 25 at 5:50 am on the summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:11538 ft / 3516 m
    Route:Terskol, via Ski Lifts, Hut at about 4000m, Summit
    Start Trailhead:Village at Bottom of Ski Lift  6972 ft / 2125 m
    Time:1 Days 11 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:11538 ft / 3516 m
    Route:back to Terskol
    End Trailhead:Village at Bottom of Ski Lift  6972 ft / 2125 m
    Time:9 Hours 35 Minutes

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