This season is about to look quite different for Europe’s highest peak and its mountain guides. Mt. Elbrus (5,642 m) belongs to the western Caucasus Mountains of Southern Russia, near the Georgian border.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Explorersweb.
This week, the U.S. Embassy in Russia issued a Level 4 – Do Not Travel advisory for the mountain, citing extreme geopolitical tension created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:
Do not attempt to climb Mount Elbrus, as travelers must pass close to volatile and insecure areas of the North Caucasus region. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in the North Caucasus region, including Mount Elbrus, as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling to the region.
Accordingly, guiding companies have called off all Mt. Elbrus expeditions for 2022.
Alpinist and guide Adrian Ballinger announced the cancellation of his company’s expeditions on Instagram.
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