How Technical of a Climb is Mt. Elbrus? Mount Elbrus, the crown jewel of the Caucasus Mountain Range, is the highest peak in Europe, making it one of the coveted 7 summits. It is often the second of the Seven Summits attempted by climbers (Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa being the first) and considered one of the “easiest”. A quick glance at any picture of the mountain, however, will quickly clue you in that the word “easy” in reference to one of the Seven Summits is a relative term. Note that in every picture the mountain appears to be covered in snow… pictures all taken during Russia’s infamously long and icy winters, right? No, even during the summer (when the lower elevation areas of the Caucasus Mountains reaches 95F or 40C), Mt. Elbrus is shrouded in snow and ice which flow off in glaciers down every side of the mountain. Due to this, Elbrus is considered a “technical” climb, meaning that it requires the use of specialized climbing equipment to safely ascend. Some may argue that Elbrus’s South route, the “easiest” and most commonly climbed, should not be considered technical. I disagree. While in “technical terms” climbing the South route is about as simple as it gets, all the same, it requires special equipment and skills. But enough talk about terminology. The purpose of this article is to describe in detail exactly what climbing the South Route of Elbrus entails, especially highlighting the technical sections, so you can be as informed and prepared as possible before coming to Russia for your grand Elbrus adventure. (This blog outlines the route and its technical intricacies by breaking it into various phases including non-technical lower sections. If you just want the meat of the upper mountain, you can skip Phase 1.)
How Technical of a Climb is Mt. Elbrus? Mount Elbrus, the crown jewel of the Caucasus Mountain Range, is the highest peak in Europe, making it one of the coveted 7 summits.
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, with a beautiful coastline, spectacular mountains and a hint of the Sahara Desert, there are spoils of contrasting landscapes to explore in Morocco. Morocco is home to strong Arabic traditions, bustling medieval cities, and majestic mountain views. Here are 5 irrefutable reasons as to why Morocco is the destination everybody is talking about. 1. The Culture Morocco’s population is made up of both Arabs and Berbers, with each group having contributed to rich traditions and cultural practises that can be observed in the country. There are also ancestors of French, Portuguese, and Spanish descent in different parts of the country. If you have never tried Moroccan’s style of tasty cuisines, you haven’t lived! Try their traditional foods with a vibrant mix of spices and bursting flavours such as Couscous, Tagine, Zalouk, Bastilla you name it! If you are seeking true culture, Marrakech is one of the biggest cities in Morocco known for their many attractions. Marrakech holds a popular market, Jemaa el-Fna square. If you are nearby the market, it’s definitely worth a visit. You are most likely to see bejewelled belly dancers, how cool! Souks are traditional marketplaces where locals go and buy an array of wares from locals. They have become a large attraction for shopping-loving travellers, captivated by colourful/exotic Moroccan features. 2. The Sahara Desert Did you know the Sahara Desert is the world’s largest hot desert? There are several areas in Morocco from where you can reach the desert and begin your expedition! It has been recommended for visitors to explore the Desert with experienced trip leaders such as EDGE Travel Worldwide! Giving you the insurance that you have people with you who are experienced in the itinerary, by putting your trust in them to take care
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, with a beautiful coastline, spectacular mountains and a hint of the Sahara Desert, there are spoils of contrasting landscapes to explore in Morocco. Morocco is home to
Kilimanjaro. Are people really willing to trek up a 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) Mountain for fun? The answer is yes! Kilimanjaro is in the North of Tanzania near the Kenyan boarder, East Africa. Tanzania is famous for its tourism whether that’s agricultural activities, fishing, wildlife or mining. But what really attracts tourists’ is the famous Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, making it one of the seven highest summits on the seven continents. In 2021, EDGE Travel Worldwide will be flying off to Tanzania to be trekking up the spectacular Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak (meaning ‘Freedom’ in Swahili,) in its 21st year of organising and leading group trips up Kilimanjaro. We want to help you achieve your goals sooner rather than later so why not join us for an adventure of a lifetime! Dave Pickles and his team have a huge amount of experience on Kilimanjaro, with Dave having summited over 57 times, taken just over 2,800 to the summit and having helped organise and lead two previous world record breaking events in the crater. As a master summiteer on Kilimanjaro, Dave Pickles with keep you safe and supported while setting the trip up for success with his selected local crew and Chief Guide. Current success rate of any group size getting to the top of Kilimanjaro with Dave and his Team is 98%, which even includes the shorter routes. Did you know Mount Kilimanjaro is not actually a mountain? Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a traditional mountain, it’s a stratovolcano – a term for a very large volcano made of ash, lava, and rock. The giant stratovolcano is made up of three distinct volcanic cones. They are Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. All three of these name places make up the name Kilimanjaro. The Mountain is safe
Kilimanjaro. Are people really willing to trek up a 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) Mountain for fun? The answer is yes! Kilimanjaro is in the North of Tanzania near the Kenyan boarder, East Africa. Tanzania is
Peru is known for its diverse landscapes, culture and history, or as visitors call it ‘the land of Incas’. One day you could be laying on a beach, then trekking the rainbow mountains! EDGE Travel Worldwide is offering you to join them on a 3 in 1 colourful journey to the Rainbow Mountains, trekking along the Inca Trail and also visiting the iconic Machu Picchu! What Makes the Rainbow Mountains So Special? Did you know there are only four rainbow mountains that exist in the world? This makes them rare, which is why visitors tend to go in large groups. They were formed in a burst full of colours due to sedimentary mineral layers in the mountains that have been exposed by erosion. Ideal for the famous Instagram picture! The rainbow Mountains in Peru were only discovered 5 years ago after the snow melted in the area on the high peaks. What Is The Inca Trail? The Inca Trail was a route for pilgrimage by Sapo Inca to reach Machu Picchu in the 15th century. While on your journey, the trail takes you through mysterious archaeological sites you’ll never forget. The Inca Trail consists of a lot of walking! The highest point of the trail is 4,200m above sea level. This can be challenging for hikers, but it’s worth the sweat and aches! Is Machu Picchu worth the hype? If the Inca Trail hasn’t taken your breath away at this point, Machu Picchu certainly will. Fun fact: Machu Picchu means ‘‘Old Mountain’’. This attraction beholds the best-known archaeological area in the world. Think you could reach to the top? You’ll be looking down at a spectacular 2,500 meters above sea level. If you haven’t heard the saying already, you need to visit Machu Picchu at least once in your life. We’ll help you
Peru is known for its diverse landscapes, culture and history, or as visitors call it ‘the land of Incas’. One day you could be laying on a beach, then trekking the rainbow mountains! EDGE Travel
Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan remote adventure Just over two weeks before the annual July trip to Kazakhstan for a 16 day remote and wilderness adventure, deep into the heart of the Tien Shan Mountains. Trekking alpine meadows and river crossings onto one of the longest glaciers in the world, up to the South Inylchek base camp and then taking a helicopter ride over a huge mountain range to the North Inylchek base camp, where we start our adventure to summit Karly Tau peak 5,454m. This will be truly epic and unique! Looking forward to testing some new Helly Hansen gear specifically designed for trekking and climbing in all weather and environments.
Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan remote adventure Just over two weeks before the annual July trip to Kazakhstan for a 16 day remote and wilderness adventure, deep into the heart of the Tien Shan Mountains. Trekking alpine
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail can usually be found on most people’s bucket list, and at EDGE Travel Worldwide we want to help those that want to tick it off the list sooner rather than later. In just 10-months’ time, the EDGE team will be embarking on a trip that’s guaranteed to challenge even the most experienced “adventure traveller”. Perfect for the more tenacious hill-walker and those with a higher level of physical fitness, the Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Experience pushes mental, physical and emotional boundaries to the limit. Over 8 days and trekking up to heights of 4,200m, this trip takes participants from Lima to Cusco and through Wayllabamba and Pacaymayu to allow all those on the journey to truly appreciate Peru’s most wondrous sights. It isn’t an easy trip – walking days are up to 8 hours and can involve up to 900m or more in ascent or descent – but the experience IS challenging, unforgettable and ultimately life changing. A brief itinerary can be found below but please feel free to request a full information pack. The Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Experience is planned for April 2019. As such, if you are interested in coming along, you have just over 9 months to get your mind and body primed. Stamina is important so it’s advisable to be prepared for several consecutive days trekking, often at high altitudes. (Don’t worry, I can help guide your preparation as well as offer advice on recommended kit and health/nutritional assistance so don’t let this put you off). Who’s joining me? To help you decide, have a watch of this video: The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Itinerary Day 1: Arrival at Lima airport with an overnight stay in hotel. Day 2: Early flight departure from Lima
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail can usually be found on most people’s bucket list, and at EDGE Travel Worldwide we want to help those that want to tick it off the list sooner rather