Mount Elbrus Trip Report (#14416)
- Signed By: Gerry Elias
- Date submitted: September 27, 2004
- Date(s) climbed: 28th August 2003
- Number of People Encountered:
Climbed together with Roger Roschnik and John Prosser.
To take advantage of perfect conditions, we spent just one day acclimatising in the Baksan valley before moving onto the mountain. We spent one night in the barrels and left the following night for the summit from a camp 400m adjacent to the miserable Diesel hut. For what it's worth, the Pastukhov Rocks at circa 5000m looked like a rather uninviting camp - windy, exposed and -20c at 5 a.m.
Having shaved quite a few days off our intended itinerary, we moved to the Adylsu valley to climb Gumachi. The camp site called the "Green Hotel" in idyllic but we chose to continue up the valley and established a site at the foot of the glacier. The non-technical ascent is not so strenuous but at times does require roping up, crevasse crossing (or jumping), climbing a snow slope of 35-40 degrees and some easy rock. Unfortunately we got a late start so turned back 100m below the summit.