Mount Elbrus is an inactive volcano that lies near the border with Georgia in the heart of the Caucusas mountains. It is the highest point in Eurasia and stands proud at 5,642m.
The route to its summit is fairly straightforward during the summer months when a cable car runs climbers up to about 3,800 metres and the ascent from there is pretty much straight up. The same climb in the wintertime is a different matter entirely with extremely cold temperatures and high winds. On average 15-20 people lose their lifes each year to the mountain, the majority of these are attributed to poor planning and lack of essential equipment.