Check out these two videos of the Elbrus Speed Climbing competition. The annual event, which traces its origins back to the Cold War era Soviet Union, is essentially a race up the highest mountain in Europe. This year the race was won by Denis Urubko, who topped out in just 3 hours, 55 minutes.
The mountain itself is 5642m (18,510 feet) in height, and is an extinct volcano located in the Central Caucasus just South-West of the Russian city of Kislovodsk. It served as a training ground for Soviet climbers and mountain soldiers at the height of the Cold War, and receives a lot of traffic now because of it’s status as one of the Seven Summits.
Enjoy the videos. Ain’t YouTube great!
Thanks to ExWeb for the heads up on these.
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