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The Top of Europe: Elbrus, West Summit, 5642 m

Central Caucasus, Russia

July 24, 2007 - 05:30 UTC (09:30 local time)

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The ascent of Elbrus is very popular. This great mountain is so attractive that many climbers have been on its summits more than once and there is a good tradition among mountaineers visiting the Caucasus to save a few days at the end of their trips for an attempt of ascent.

The most popular route to Elbrus summits is so called "Classic route" from the South: chair lift up to 3800 and refuges up to 4100 make an ascent rather comfortable, so hundreds of climbers gather on southern slopes of Elbrus during "high season" (July and August).

Previous day our team ascended East Summit (5621 m) from much less civilized and much more deserted Northern ice fields, spent a night on the Saddle (~5300 m), reached West Summit (5642 m) in the morning and descended to the South, finishing "The Cross of Elbrus" - the route that resembles a cross from above.

Europe / Russia-Urals West

Lat: 43° 21' 9.29" N
Long: 42° 26' 16.37" E

Elevation: 5642

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Hardware: Pentax MZ-5, MC Zenitar-K 2.8/16, no tripod. Software: Panorama Tools, Photoshop 7, Pano2QTVR.

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