Having been living in a ski resort in France for the last 2 seasons a group of friends, all English and all based in the same village as I but with considerably much more skiing ability than I have decided that for number 5 we would ski tour. So in May 2012 myself and 4 very good friends, Trevor Schofield, Andy Kimmerling, Jason Shutt and Rory Burton laden with ski’s and equipment met our Mountain Tracks guide at Geneva airport. Less than 3 weeks later Jason, Rory, Olly and I stood on the summit.
Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano located in the western Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay–Cherkessia, Russia, near the border of Georgia. Mt. Elbrus’s peak is the highest in the Caucasus, in Russia. While there are differing authorities on how the Caucasus are distributed between Europe and Asia, many sources agree that Elbrus is also the highest mountain in all of Europe, or the highest in western Asia, narrowly exceeding another volcano, Mt. Damavand in the Alborz range in Iran. Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 metres (18,510 ft); the east summit is slightly lower at 5,621 metres (18,442 ft).