Power to your Elbrus

With its two monumental summits, Mount Elbrus in the western Caucasus is Europe's highest peak. Teena Gates set out to scale it.

21st September, 2014
Teena Gates on Mount Elbrus: a peak of 5,642 metres which is the highest point in all of Europe.

The mountains rush forward, dark rock erupting from moss-covered slopes with no sign of the snow and ice-covered peaks that lie ahead. Melting ice-flows tear through the valley spewing milky foam. Any animal that slips from the bank will be swallowed by the icy torrent.

But animals are plentiful. Herds of long-horned cattle and skinny horses lie on the road absorbing the heat of the sun. After the first hour, I stop drawing breath as...

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