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Elbrus: Local Features
June 10, 2015 15:20


Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia. Its western peak has a height of 5642 m, eastern one - 5621 m. Elbrus is a cone of a dead volcano on a high pedestal of granite and schists.

Local Features.

The Elbrus region is a mountainous region of Russia, a real paradise for ski fans or adventurers.

The mountains are beautiful at any time of year, but in early spring it is unsafe there - glaciers begin to melt, and therefore the risk of avalanches increases.

What to bring from here.

Local women knit things of wool and underfur of goats and sheep. Now many of them have switched to knitting machines, and product quality deteriorated. But you can still find hand-knitted products - from socks and hats to sweaters, as big and warm as fur coats, and very thin lace shawls.

Knitted things may have some smell of goat, but don’t be embarrassed - this smell disappears very quickly, especially after a washing. They also sell national felt hats and boots (“chuni”), Cossack hats made of goat and sheep skins. You can buy buffalo’s horns, horseshoes, and a variety of punchwork and pottery. Local markets sell dried lamb, smoked Kabardian cheese, khalva of local origin. People living in koshi (summer pastures with lonely huts) will sell you milk, ayran and cheese.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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