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Climbing up Mount Elbrus – the highest peak in Russia

Elbrus is a stratovolcano in the Caucasus (on the border of the republics of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia). Elbrus is located north of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and is the highest peak in Russia. Also because the border between Europe and Asia is controversial, Mount Elbrus can also be the highest peak in Europe.

Elbrus is a saddle-shaped volcano with a two peaks. Western peak has an elevation of 5642 meters, Eastern – 5621 meters. The peaks are connected by a saddle (5200 meters), the distance between peaks is about 3 kilometers. By climbing classification Elbrus has rating 2A (snow and ice), climbing to the top of two peaks – 2B. Photos by Oleg Grigoryev.

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2 comments

  • Candy Hooke · May 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Beautiful photos – the best I’ve seen!

  • Dr. Horst Nusser Munich · May 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I am professional photographer myself.Your Photos are of extraordinary quality. I will visit with my three assistens in June Kabardino-Balkaria and all other Caucasian Republics. I only hope that security will be tight.
    Thank you for your splendid information.
    Dr. Horst Nusser

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