At a height of 18,510′, Mt. Elbrus is the highest point in Europe and one of the Seven Summits. This extinct volcano sits in the Caucasus Mountain Range in southern Russia, near the Georgian border. Although Elbrus is one of the most accessible climbs of the seven summits, don’t let it’s gentle slopes deceive you. Based on the ratio of climbers to climber deaths it’s one of the deadliest peaks in the world.

Last week six courageous climbers set out with Dean on a WWTrek trip, eager to reach the summit of Elbrus.

After exploring Moscow they headed to a small ski town in the Baksan Valley to begin the acclimatization process for the journey ahead.

After a couple days of acclimatization hikes in beautiful green mountains with cascading waterfalls, the group set out to replace these views with snowcapped peaks and much thinner air.

Through relentless winds and chilling temperatures, the group made progress one step at a time, one breathe at a time.

Their grit and hard work paid off! The whole team reached the summit and enjoyed blue skies, sweeping views, and an unbeatable sense of accomplishment. Great work trekkers!