Elbrus Photo - About Mount Elbrus, Russia — The tallest mountain in Europe
Mount Elbrus (twin peaks) located in the western Caucasus mountains, in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, near the border of Georgia, in the south eastern corner of Europe.
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Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in the Caucasus, and is considered to be the highest mountain in Europe. It is a dormant volcano with about 50 glaciers that feed Baksan and Kuban rivers among others.
Mt. Elbrus is a world class skiing, snowboarding and climbing destination. A three stage cable car system takes visitors as high as 3,900 meters. Further there's main mountaineering hut, Priyut 11 ("Refuge Of The 11" Elevation: 4100 m) where climbers stop on their way up.
There are hundreds of people climbing Elbrus every year, mostly in the summer, in attempt that is not technically difficult, but physically challenging and dangerous because of the high elevation, permanent icecap and strong winds.
Many people have died climbing Mt. Elbrus, and the reported average annual death toll is 15-30, primarily due to unorganized and poorly equipped attempts to summit the mountain.
During Second World War 10.000 German mountaineer soldiers briefly occupied Mt. Elbrus but were defeated and forced to leave by the Soviet Red Army.
In Greek mythology an ancient legend tells of Prometheus who was chained by Gods somewhere to Mt. Elbrus and left to die there with help of an eagle.
Visiting Mount Elbrus and the surrounding area known as Pri-Elbrusye ("At Elbrus"), touching local flavor of hospitality and culture, will provide for an unforgettable event that will be remembered for a life-time.
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