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Height: 15,770 feet
Challenges: Elevation, Snow and Glacier Traverses
Relative Difficulty:
Moderate
When you consider that 20,000 climbers summit each year, that 20 people threw a Jacuzzi party on the summit a few years back and that a scientific observatory was built atop it, the highest mountain in Europe—if Mount Elbrus is in Asia—no longer looks as scary. The 15,770-foot summit does require a fair deal of endurance, though, and care taken to get used to the altitude.