Elbrus Climbing Equipment | Complete Gear List

Included is a list of the clothing and equipment you will need for climbing Mt. Elbrus. Please note that we have given descriptions on some items. This will help you decide if the gear you already own or any items you will buy, are equivalent to what we have listed. Other more simple items do not warrant much description. In many cases, we have made specific suggestions on pieces of gear we recommend. This is certainly not to say that these are specific brands or styles you must have, but merely something to use as a reference with regards to warmth, size, function, etc. Please feel free to contact us anytime with any specific questions.

NOTE: If climbing Elbrus via the South Route or Traverse Route, most of the heavy technical equipment such as boots, crampons, ice-axe, trekking poles, and climbing harness can be rented from us upon arrival at the RMH lodge in Terskol. If climbing Elbrus via the North Route, some of the technical equipment can be rented in Pyatigorsk city on the first day of the trip after your arrival at the hotel.

CLIMBING GEAR

BOOTS

 

1 pair of double expedition boots or good highmountain insulated boots or the new wave of 6000-meters composite warm leather mountaineering boots. Very important that your toes have room in these boots, you should wear 3 to 2 size bigger than your normal shoe size or enough room so that your toes can wiggle, but not too big so that your heel is slipping when walking.

 

Examples: La Sportiva Baruntse in the composite boots category, LaSportiva Nepal Extreme or Scarpa Mount Blanc GTX in the good insulated highmountain boots category.

Available to rent.

Insulated high mountain boots for climbing Mt. Elbrus | RMH | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List

CRAMPONS

 

Crampons must check fit with climbing boots prior to trip. It is better when crampons are not fully automatic (with soft front and automatic rear sides), it makes them fully adjustable by hand, without the use of any tools and also suitable for any size and any type of boots, for example if your boots are without front welt.

 

Examples: Petzl Irvis Flexlock or Leverlok

Available to rent.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Crampons Petzl Irvis

ICE-AXE

 

Ice axe with or without a leash. Light weight.

 

Examples: Petzl Glacier, Black Diamond Raven

Available to rent.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Ice-Axe Petzl Glacier

ALPINE CLIMBING HARNESS

 

Should have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.

 

Examples: Petzl Corax, Black Diamond Alpine Bod

Available to rent.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Petzl Corax Alpine Climbing Harness

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3 LOCKING CARABINERS

 

Larger is better for harness (pear-shaped carabiner is the best, screw gate type recommended)

 

Example: Petzl Attache 3D, Black Diamond Rocklock Twistlock

Available to rent.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Locking carbiner

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ADJUSTABLE TREKKING POLES

 

Good for the trekking days and a single pole is very useful on some of the upper mountain while descending.

Available to rent.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ Trekking Poles
UPPER BODY

 

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T-SHIRTS

 

2 Synthetic polypropylene or wool t-shirts.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List

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LONG SLEEVE

 

2 long sleeve polypropylene or wool shirts lightweight. We highly recommend light colors for base layers.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx stryka-hoody

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SOFT SHELL JACKET

 

1 Soft Shell or intermediate thickness Fleece Jacket or Windshirt

 

Examples: Arc’teryx Gamma LT Hoody

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Gamma Lt Hoody-genepi-green

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DOWN JACKET

 

Down or Synthetic Sweater or Jacket or 300/400 weight Fleece Jacket. Essentially an additional mid-weight warm layer for cold days in your layering system.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Ceriuml Jacket

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arc'teryx Ceriuml Jacket

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GORE-TEX JACKET

 

Hard shell jacket with hood waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is the best, roomy enough to fit over several layers.

 

Example:  Arc’teryx Alpha SL Jacket

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Alpha SL Jacket

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EXPEDITION DOWN PARKA

 

1 Expedition Down Parka with hood. Very warm and very important for summit day. It should be also compact and easy packable.

 

Examples: Arc’teryx Firebee AR Parka, Arc’teryx Cerium SV Hoody

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx firebee-ar-parka-macaw
LOWER BODY

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SEVERAL PAIRS OF TREKKING SOCKS

 

  • 1-2 pair of liner socks (polypropylene or wool)
  • 2-3 pair light weight trekking socks (polypropylene or wool)
  • 2 pair medium to heavy wool socks for the upper mountain. Better to check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.

 

Example: Lorpen Inferno Expedition Polartec, Lorpen Coolmax Light Hiker

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Trekking Socks

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GAITERS

 

Important for keeping gravel and snow out of your boots, and gives additional warmth to your feet on summit day. Also protects expensive boots and Gore-Tex pant legs from wayward crampon points.

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TREKKING SHORTS

 

1 pair nylon shorts for warm hiking and town days.

 

Example: Arc’teryx  Palisade Short

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Men's Palisade Shorts

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SOFT SHELL PANTS

 

2 pair of pants. At least one pair should be simple nylon trekking pants for the walking on acclimatization days and relaxing. The second pair can also be nylon or light weight soft shell climbing pants for on the mountain.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Gamma MX Pants. Guides use simple nylon trekking pant for town days and trekking. Then switch to a soft shell for upper mountain.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Gamma MX Pant nautic-grey

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UNDERWEAR BOTTOMS

 

2 pairs of lightweight to mid-weight long underwear bottoms.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Phase AR Bottom

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Phase AR Bottom-black

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FLEECE PANTS

 

1 pair of fleece pants w/ side zipper or light synthetic insulated pants. This is OPTIONAL for extra warmth on summit day and also on the lower mountain for Base Camp evenings.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Rho AR Bottom

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Rho AR Bottom-black

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GORE-TEX PANTS

 

1 pair of hard shell pants-waterproof/ breathable with full side zips. Gore-Tex or equivalent.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Stinger Bib

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Stinger Bib Tungsten
FOOTWEAR

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TRAIL SHOES

 

1 pair of trail shoes for the acclimatization treks and travel inside Russia and use at the huts.

 

Example: La Sportiva Boulder X Mid GTX or any comfortable trekking boots or shoes that is durable, comfortable, and preferably waterproof.

 

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - la sportiva boulder x mid GTX

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SANDALS

 

1 pair of sandals. Optional but nice on warm days in the city and at the base of the mountain lodge.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Teva Sandals
HAND WEAR

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LINER GLOVES

 

1 pair of liner gloves thin wool or polypropylene.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Phase Liner Gloves

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Phase Liner Glove-black

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EXPEDITION SHELL GLOVES

 

1 pair of expedition shell gloves, with removable inner glove. Gore-Tex or any other waterproof fabric.

 

Example: Arcteryx Lithic Gloves

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Lithic Glove-magmatic

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WARM MITTENS

 

1 pair of warm mittens. Should be very warm expedition mittens for climbing to the summit. Down inner mittens or wool mittens. Should have waterproof outer shell.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Fission Mittens

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Fission Mitten-cerulean
HEAD WEAR

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WARM BEANIE

 

1 Warm beanie wool or synthetic that cover your ears.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx fernie-toque-w-mermaid

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BUFF

 

1 Buff or Balaclava.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx Balaclava

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BASEBALL CAP

 

1 Shade hat or baseball cap.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arcteryx cap

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GLACIER SUNGLASSES

 

1 Glacier sunglasses with 100% UV protection (factor 4) with side shields or very good sunglasses

with wrap around coverage.

 

Example: Julbo Explorer with Zebra Lens

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Julbo Explorer Sunglasses

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SKI GOGGLES

 

1 ski goggles. Can be simple inexpensive ski goggles, this is for wind. Mandatory!

 

Example: We recommend Oakley, Julbo or POC for a serious mountain goggle.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Oakley Ski Goggles

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HEAD LAMP

 

Head lamp. LED type are recommended and are now very bright and provide much more reliable light than halogen bulbs. Plenty of extra batteries are good.

 

Example: Petzl Tikka XP

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Petzl Tikka XP
SLEEPING GEAR

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SLEEPING BAG

 

1 down or synthetic sleeping bag rated to 0 F or -15 to C.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Sleeping Bag

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SLEEPING PAD

 

Sleeping pad full length closed cell foam or full length Therma-Rest or Exped for extra warmth and comfort. Note: For the South Route climbing you don’t need it! On the North side we sleep in the mountain huts that have simple foam sleeping pads, but your personal pad adds comfort!

 

Example: Exped SynMat UL 7 M

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Exped SynMat UL 7
PACKS

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BACKPACK

 

We recommend 35 – 45 liters backpack for acclimatization hikes and summit day. Your pack should be large enough to carry your personal gear, sleeping bag, extra mountain clothes and climbing equipment. Once we leave the valley floor on the chair lift, you will be wearing climbing clothing and have all your own self-contained personal items with you in your backpack.

 

Example: Arc’teryx Alpha FL 45 Backpack

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - Arc'teryx - Alpha FL 45 Backpack

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BASE CAMP DUFFEL

 

1 Duffle for your gear transport. Large or XL capacity. Nylon bags are fine but will get beat up and have a minimum life expectancy.

 

Example: The North Face Base Camp Expedition Duffles Size XL will last for many years if you choose to invest in this type. Please have small padlocks for all your bags.

Russian Mountain Holidays | Mount Elbrus Climbing Gear List - The North Face Base Camp Duffel Size XL
MISCELLANEOUS
  • 1 small first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
  • Lip balm-at least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string to hang around the neck is helpful.
  • Sunscreen-at least SPF 40.
  • Extra batteries for Headlamp.
  • 3 Water bottles: 1-liter wide-mouth Nalgenes (1 is a pee bottle. Females can bring a Freshette).
  • Toiletry kit.
  • A small supply of personal toilet paper in Ziploc for an emergency. We provide paper while at lodges.
  • 3 large plastic bags for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
  • Nylon stuff sacks-for snacks and storage. Ziplocs also useful for keeping small things protected.
  • Earplugs. Highly Recommended! We sleep in huts with other climbers!
  • Hand wipes for personal hygiene.
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos.
  • Favorite snack foods, a combination of salty and sweet. Bring about 1.5 kilos or 2+ pounds for summit day and walking days.
  • Paperback books and some magazines for travel within Russia and at huts.
  • iPod or MP3 with extra batteries.
  • Camera with extra batteries or charging cords.
  • Wallet-for travel documents, money & passport, Russia Visa.
  • Power bank