Elbrus and the Caucasus
The Caucasus form a chain of high, alpine mountains separating the Republic of Georgia from that of Russia to the north. Just north of the main chain, several kilometres into Europe and into Russia, lies Europe's highest summit - Mount Elbrus, 5642m. The main chain itself contains many mountains over 5000m. and tens of summits higher than Mont Blanc. The Baksan Valley leads, in about 40 miles, from the northern foothills to the main chain itself. This is the most important and best developed valley in the Caucasus, partly because of the mineral wealth located near Tyrnyauz and partly on account of Elbrus and the hundreds of magnificent mountains which comprise it's watershed.
Elbrus may be attempted by any strong mountain walker who is familiar with the use of an ice axe and crampons. Nevertheless it is important to remember that it is a mountain of almost Himalayan proportions and goodacclimatisation is essential. In bad weather conditions may become Arctic.
Georgia & Caucasus
A fine mountaineering objective in Georgia is Mount Kazbek, 5047m, the ascent of which could be combined with that of Elbrus. Others may wish to spend time exploring the rich cultural heritage of the country details.