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  • Equipment for rent

    You can rent some personal equipment items either from local equipment shops or from Pilgrim Tours. If you wish to rent something please inform us beforehand so we can estimate the availability. Generally speaking the problems may be only with big and small sizes of boots. Your guide will help with choosing and hiring the equipment..
    Equipment rentals is not our normal business, we have some equipment but not enough much to offer that on regular basis. That is why we do not offer this and do not guarantee the reservation. That is why it may not be included into the tour cost. The only thing we can do is to confirm the common availability of these items above. The exact hiring may be done either through our reps (if we have necessary equipment on hand) or from a local equipment shop. Payment for that will be made on the spot, depending from who you hire it. The cost in a shop may be different, also they count days of using but not a price per tour as we are.

    Here below are the examples of equipment with our prices. prices may be different depending on model and other considerations.
    More information is on our Web Forum.

    Ski poles - 600 Rubles per tour.
    Ski poles are extremely useful during your Mt. Elbrus climb. We provide telescopic easily adjustable ski poles .

    Crampons - 700 Rubles per tour.
    We provide 'Grivel G10' crampons. A lightweight universal crampon designed to meet classical demands. The crampons are fully adjustable by hand, without tools and one size fits all. More about G10 crampons see below along with common information about crampons.

    Harness - (free for regular group participants)

    Ice axe - 700 Rubles per tour.
    An ice axe sometimes is not necessary depending on current weather (snow conditions). However one must have it in case it becomes necessary (your guide will advise before the climb)

    Sleeping bag - 900 Rubles per tour.
    You need sleeping bag to live in base camp at "Barrels huts". We provide sleeping bags along with individual cotton sheet.

    Plastic boots - 1500 Rubles per tour.
    We strongly recommend plastic boots. The only but very important advantage of plastic boots is that they may be dried easily on field. If you have your leather boots wet on the first day most likely they will stay wet for the whole trip. Wet boots may cause problems.

    Common Info about crampons
    Choosing the right crampon can be confusing at best, so here's a quick course: Front Points These are the points that stick out in front of your boots. There are generally two front points for ice and snow, although many climbers are switching to mono points for modern mixed (rock & ice) climbing. For ice, the points should be vertically-oriented, which does less damage to the ice. On snow, most climbers want horizontally-oriented front points, which provide a larger surface on which to stand.
    Frame - The frame can be either rigid, flexible or semi-rigid. Choosing the correct frame depends on which boots you have, as well as which discipline you want to emphasize. Rigid is best for ice and mixed climbing, with a stiff leather or plastic boot. Flexible crampons are the old standard for everything. These work well on snow with most any boot. All-around climbers often choose semi-rigid crampons because of their versatility.
    Attachment - For any type of climbing, a step-in crampon is the fastest, easiest way to go. To use this style you must have a sole that is designed to accept them. If your boots don't have the correct sole, then you will have to resort to either a RapidFix (also called New-Matic) style crampon, which utilizes a "Y" strap over the toe and a levered heel or a complete strap-on setup. The down side to strap-on crampons is the amount of time and energy it takes to put them on and take them off.

    Grivel crampon G10.

    A lightweight, universal crampon designed to meet classical demands. G10 is compact (with only ten points), user friendly (short, non-aggressive points), simple to size (rapid, tool-free adjustment system), and will fit any size and type of shoe (available with four different binding systems). The entire G10 crampon is manufactured from Chromoly steel using new technology which is exclusive to Grivel at this time. Called "3 Dimensional Relief Stamping (3DRS)", this process increases the strength and rigidity, not only of the crampon's frame, but of each individual point as well. Four "anti-shear" points, perpendicular to the line of the boot, improve security during descents. The crampons are fully adjustable by hand, without tools and one size fits all. G10 is easily collapsed for transportation. By placing a bolt (included) through the front of the arch piece, it will remain centered, reducing the overall length of the collapsed crampon. In addition, the entire adjustment mechanism may be replaced with a simple nut and bolt; while this reduces weight, future length adjustments will require tools.

    New Classic Crampon Binding Systems:

    An evolution of the Classic binding. Both front and rear plastic harnesses are hinged to their respective retention posts and may be "opened" to facilitate attachment to the boot, then closed securely once the shoe is inside. The single strap closure system is so simple we may not need to provide instructions; the New Classic is thus ideal for rental programs and first time users. The width of the rear harness adjusts to accommodate virtually any heel size. This system is simple and reliable, quick and easy, but it does take up a bit more space in the rucksack.

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