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Top 10 Mountains to Climb


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Mount Elbrus
Mount Elbrus, which straddles Europe and Asia, is known as the Jewel of the Caucasus Mountains.
Mount Elbrus, which straddles Europe and Asia, is known as the Jewel of the Caucasus Mountains.
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Unlike K2, Mount Elbrus -- the Jewel of the Caucasus -- is much easier to climb. With an elevation of 18,481 feet (5,633 meters), Mount Elbrus, like the rest of the Caucasus, straddles Europe and Asia in Russia. If you're going to climb Elbrus, the best time to go is from June to August. Experts say Elbrus is not technically difficult, but shifting weather patterns can make it tricky. So, have your crampons for ice climbing, warm clothing and sturdy boots ready [source: Adventure Alternative].

Although the highest peak in Europe, Elbrus is technically the easiest peak to climb in the region. A less experienced climber can easily maneuver up the glaciated twin summit. The route used by most is long and strenuous, but not difficult. Be careful, though. Although Elbrus is technically easy, it can still be deadly. Around 15 to 30 people die on the mountain each year, mainly because they are disorganized and poorly equipped. The mountain is a high, tall and jagged extinct volcano that last erupted in 50 A.D. Today, its crater is filled with ice and snow [source: Summitpost.org].

When climbing Elbrus, it is best to bring an ice ax, 12-point step-in crampons, sunglasses, and typical climbing footwear and clothing. The day you climb the summit will be long, but don't fret. You'll leave from huts near the peak and return once you top the mountain.