Mount Elbrus, 5642m, Europe's highest
mountain. Elbrus lies just north of the main Caucasus Chain
- a range almost 1000 miles long with a heavily glaciated
central section containing several summits rising well above
5000m. Many of the remote side valleys are seldom visited
except in summer by shepherds. Pine forests, alpine meadows,
mineral springs, glacial rivers and periods of settled
weather complete the picture.