Many geocachers have made their way up to the icy peak of Vinson and are now getting ready for the leaderboard reset when we set our sights on the slopes and crevasses of Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe. Cachers have until October 4 at noon UTC (convert to local time here) to earn the Vinson Basecamp and Summit souvenirs before the leaderboard resets to zero and we begin our ascent of Elbrus.
Mount Elbrus stands out from the other six mountains in Reach the Peak because it technically has two summits. Two adjacent peaks mark the top of the mountain with the lower one reaching 5,621 meters (18,442 feet) and the higher one reaching 5,642 meters (18,510 feet). The two peaks sit high atop the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia, where the volcanic mountain attracts mountaineers from all over the world and also offers year-round skiing.
Cachers must collect 325 points to earn the Elbrus Basecamp souvenir and 5,642 points to earn the Elbrus Summit souvenir.
Each month of Reach the Peak has different point values for finding geocaches and Adventures. To celebrate International EarthCache Day, which takes place the second weekend of every October, and the fascinating geology of Elbrus, finding an EarthCache during the hike up Elbrus will earn geocachers 750 points. Here are the point values for making the climb to the top of Elbrus:
|Found and EarthCache||750|
|Found a Mystery Cache||600|
|Found a Letterbox Hybrid||550|
|Found a Multi-Cache||450|
|Found a cache with 10+ Favorite points||450|
|Found and Adventure Lab Cache (Adventure Location)||350|
The maximum number of points you can earn for any cache log is 750 points.
Read our Reach the Peak announcement blog post for FAQs and more information about the challenge.