Climb one of the summits on the Highest Mountain in Europe 18,510 feet
July 18 - 26, 2020 - Russia
Join Matt Walker of MWA on a summit climb expedition of Mt. Elbrus - the tallest mountain in Europe (18,510 ft).
This 9-day summit expedition begins and ends in Moscow, Russia. We fly into the heart of the Caucaus mountains and focus our time and energy on our ascent of this massive and beautful peak.
Expeditions with Matt Walker Adventure connect physcial, mental, and emotional challenge to create full engagent leadership. These expeditions are curated to give you the space to step into your leadership style and focus on your direction; both personally and professionally. Giving you clarity and confidence to achieve and excel in all aspects of your life.
Are you ready to challenge yourself beyond your preconceived notions of what is possible?
Are you living day-to-day, surving but not thriving? Are you ready to join a team of men that will simultaneaously support you to be a better man in the world and call you out on your bullshit directly?
Are you ready to unplug from the noise of the world, your professional demands, the burdens of your everyday, and focus on what really matters to you?
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This is open to all physically fit individuals, while no previous climbing experience is necessary, we highly recommend joining our glacier mountaineering course in the North Cascades, WA prior to the expedition.
We cover the logistics and details in full. The question you have to ask yourself: am I ready to play big, step into a significant challenge, and show up fully physcially and emotionally? This is not an amusement park ride - this is as real as it gets.
You'll be tested, challenged, and called forward to share leadership on our expediton. This isn't a passive expereince - we co-create the experience, we are in it together in this area
Expedition begins and ends in Moscow, Russia.
Arrive Sheremetyevo International Airport, Russia (SVO). Transfer to hotel. Evening kickoff dinner and night tour of Red Square, Moscow.
Transfer to Moscow’s domestic airport for the two-hour flight to the city of Mineralnye Vody. Continue by van (three hours) to the village of Azau in the Baksan Valley. Expedition orientation and gear check in the afternoon. Hotel in Azau.
We take an acclimatization hike up Mount Cheget and enjoy stunning views of the Baksan Valley. Return and overnight at hotel in Azau. Vertical gain trekking: 3,500 feet
After breakfast we take the cable car to 12,600 feet on Elbrus. We hike above 14,000 feet to just below Pastukhov rocks for acclimatization and descend to 13,200 feet where we conduct a basic climbing school in preparation for summit day. Lodging at Leaprus mountain hut on Mt. Elbrusl.
Vertical gain cable car: 5,100 feet Vertical gain climbing: 1,400 feet
Today we ascend from our bascamp at the Leaprus Huts to Pastukhov Rocks at 16,500 feet. We will focus on acclimating while honing in our snow travel skills and pacing. Sweeping views of the mountain and the surrounding Caucasus Range. Return to Leaprus mountain hut.
Vertical gain climbing: 3,700 feet
Our final day before our Elbrus ascent. Today is a day to rest up, hydrate, sleep, and prepare for our ascent. We will turn in to bed early after dinner for an early wake-up alpine start!
Vertical gain: 0 feet
The day starts early. After riding the snowcat above 16,000 feet, we climb open snow slopes to the saddle between the east and west summits. We will gain nearly 6,000 feet en route to the summit - the highest point in Russian and on the European Continent, one of the famed Seven Summits.
Vertical gain snowcat: 3,400 feet Vertical gain climbing: 2,500 feet
Descend to Azau or transport to Pyatigorsk (near Mineralnye Vody). We will spend the afternoon exploring one of these Russian spa resort towns.
In the event we encounter inlement weather or have challenges acclimating for our summit bid, we will use this day as a contingency day for a summit ascent.
Transport to Mineralnye Vody and Moscow for departure flights home.
Why the small size? We appreciate the nimble and flexible nature of a small team, it’s more fun, and we can better support your success on summit day.