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At a height of 18,510 feet, some scientists consider this to be Europe’s contribution to the “Seven Summits.” Mount Elbrus bisects Europe and Asia along the Caucasus range, and is infamous in Greek lore as the mountain that Zeus chained Prometheus to for revealing fire to mankind. A chairlift gives climbers a boost up the inactive volcano, ferrying them to 12,500 feet. From there, most take the Standard Route, a technically simple trail if not for the high winds, dense snows and high elevation.