Elbrus

September 28, 2012
Mt. Elbrus
100 Years in the Life of Mount Elbrus

1891 – The first speed climb to the western peak from Terskol (8 hours, G. Merzbacher and L. Purtcheller) 1914 – The first time someone climbed Elbrus and skied down (Karl Egger and Guido Miescher of Switzerland) 1931 – The first time the western peak is reached on skis (in a 5-man expedition led by V.A. Konopasevich; the team left from the ...

September 19, 2012
To the top
Andrey Kharchenko: Becoming a Climber

My reasons for making the trip out to Elbrus were fairly simple: to experience something new (climbing), to have the chance to speak with my coworkers in a less formal environment and to enjoy my time off. Looking back, I’d say I did pretty well. Climbing. Before the trip, I did a ton of research: about Elbrus, about the area, about climbing for ...

September 17, 2012
Ivan Kosilov
Ivan Kosilov: The Altitude Nearly Got the Best of Me

This morning, we had to make it from our hotel to “The Barrels”, and then make a short acclimatization climb to the Pastukhova Rocks. That’s a pretty significant change in altitude for a day: from 2,000 meters to 4,800 meters. We made it to The Barrels at 3,800 meters without any real problems, but the altitude was already beginning to take its ...

September 10, 2012
Иван Косилов, Альпари. На вершине
They’ve Done It – 5 of Our Guys Made It to the Peak!

On September 9 at 13:00, 5 members of Team Alpari-Office – Andrey Dashin, Ivan Kosilov, Sergey Belchikov, Stansilav Efremov and Yaroslav Efremov – reached the peak of Elbrus. Ivan Koshkarev and Andrey Kharchenko made it all the way to the saddle (5,300 m). Below are some phone calls, emails, pictures and video clips we received from Elbrus. September ...

September 8, 2012
Team Alpari-Office Prepares for the Summit

The enthusiasm we were hearing out of Team Alpari-Office during the first couple of days of the climb has started to wane. It sounds like they’re pretty tired up there. There haven’t been as many calls from the team lately, but we have been pulling some interesting photos and stories from their blogs (with their permission, of course). It hasn’t ...

September 8, 2012
Elbrus – The Cost of Victory

Team Alpari has just conquered Elbrus, the fifth peak out of seven in “Alpari: On Top of the World”. As predicted, the wind had gotten stronger and Elbrus had gotten colder. Early this morning, Lyudmila, Ivan and Maxim left for the summit in spite of their fears that the weather might take a turn for the worse. Faced with the threat of slowing ...

September 7, 2012
The Hour Has Come for Our Team

Lyudmila Korobeshko recapped the events of the previous day: Yesterday was really tough. We began our descent in the dark, a bit after 9 o’clock in the evening. Today, Team Alpari-Office descended down to 2,200 meters to take a break and try to recover. Our forecasts have been promising strong wind tomorrow. The three of us decided the best thing ...

September 7, 2012
Just One Kilometer to Go… Pictures of Pastukhova Rocks

Yesterday really tested the grit of both of our teams. 19:22, Maxim Andrianov, Team Alpari-Office Our team wasn’t really at full strength (a couple of us got bad blisters, one of us was just too tired), but we made it to the Pastukhova Rocks nonetheless. Getting there was really tough and was a real test of our willpower. We’re on our way down ...

September 7, 2012
The absolute calm of Maxim Shakirov

In my life, I have shared a lot with this mountain. There have been events, encounters, people – I could write a whole book with all of the memories. Perhaps one of these days this book will see the light of day. For now, I’ll just tell you about my first experience with Elbrus and about the most significant event in my life connected with the ...

September 6, 2012
Refuge of the Eleven, Pastukhova Rocks, The Barrels…

14:24 – It’s Lyudmila Korobeshko: Right now, the team – Ivan Dusharin, Maxim Shakirov and myself, Lyudmila Korobeshko – is at 4,200 meters, near the Refuge of the Eleven. The three of us, along with Team Alpari-Office, set out on an acclimatization climb from The Barrels about an hour ago. The guys are trailing us a bit. They should make it ...

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