Elbrus tour from the North is an expedition and there are no equipment shops or rental offices. You can rent some personal equipment items from us. Because everything must be brought from our South region before you come there are two limitations in our offer:
1. We can offer ONLY some items (see below). Such items have no exact size to fit a person. That is why we do not offer boots or clothes. All other personal equipment (See Equipment list) must be taken along by you when you come.
2. You must inform us about exact items you need beforehand. That will be included into your bill and you must pay for this even if you bring your own items by any reason and reject from renting then on the spot.
Here below are items of equipment with prices. We do not offer anything else for this tour.
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Ski poles - 600 Rubles per tour.
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.
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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