From city to summit our Mount Elbrus expedition team can say they have been to Russia and seen it all! After two weeks in one of Berg Adventures favorite locations our climbers have returned to their homes of Canada, the United States and Sweden with stories of accomplishments and memories that will last a lifetime! Check out some of our favorite photos on our three-part photo recap: St. Petersburg & Moscow, Acclimatization in the Caucasus Mountains, and Summit Day of our Mount Elbrus expedition.
The trip began in the historical streets of St. Petersburg where the team toured the streets and visited some of the famous sites like the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and even a boat tour along the canal. One climber, Micheline thibodeau even ran the 10 KM “White Nights” race in the morning before sightseeing. After a busy first few days in St. Petersburg the team was off to explore another great Russian city; Moscow. Some of their favorite places in Moscow were the Kremlin and viewing St. Basil’s Cathedral lit up at night. Before they departed for the mountains the team got up nice and early for a very special tour; a visit of Lenin’s Mausoleum in the Red Square where people can view the body as it has been preserved.
Our trip into the mountains was one the team will never forget. Seeing our dear friends, who greeted us at the airport, and stayed with us throughout the climb was a great way to start off our climb of Europe’s tallest peak. Though conditions on the mountain presented us with challenges our strong group of climbers were determined and well equipped. Reaching the top of Mount Elbrus at 18,586ft/5,665m was incredibly rewarding, especially since the weather was perfectly clear and allowed us incredible views of the surrounding Caucasus.