ExWeb Dispatches | Series 1: Elbrus

ExWeb Dispatches is a new multimedia series from ExplorersWeb that takes a look at the world’s most iconic adventure destinations. For the first few episodes, we’ve teamed up with ExWeb Ambassador and international mountain guide Ryan Waters as he crisscrosses the globe for his work.

Series 1 kicks off with a visit to Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe:

On the saddle between Elbrus’s east (5,621m) and west (5,624m) summits. Photo: Jason Wang


Elbrus is part of the Caucasus Mountains, which span 1,200km between the Black and Caspian Seas. Photo: Jason Wang


A typical early morning alpine start — summit day can take up to 9 hours for some groups. Photo: Jason Wang


A team member on the approach ridge up to the west summit of Elbrus (5,642). Photo: Jason Wang


A happy team on the west summit of Elbrus (5,642m). Photo: Jason Wang


Teams on the west summit of Elbrus, which is the Volcanic Seven Summits’ third highest peak. Photo: Jason Wang


Ryan Waters descends Elbrus’ southern slopes with two team members. Photo: Jason Wang