Ed and James climb Mount Elbrus

In July 2018, Ed Hoyle and James Ritchie climbed Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, located in the Caucasus Mountains on the Russian/Georgian border. 

At 5,642 metres (18,510 ft), Mount Elbrus is the tenth most prominent mountain in the world and one of the coveted "Seven Summits" - the highest mountain on each continent. 

Personal motivation

Ed and James decided to support Brain Research UK as a result of their families' experiences with brain-related conditions. They each have close family members affected by stroke, brain tumours and dementia. 

In preparation for their climb their undertook a gruelling training schedule that included endurance strength conditioning, cardio-based circuits, weighted runs and climbs in the Lake District. This hard work paid off, enabling them to cope with the extreme conditions on Mt Elbrus, where they faced -20 degree temperatures, ice falls and crevasses whilst overcoming the effects of altitude and exhaustion.  

The challenge pushed them to their physical and mental limits but they made it! They conquered Mt Elbrus and raised a phenomenal amount of money in the process - more than £11,000! Congratulations Ed and James! We are so grateful to you for choosing to support Brain Research UK, and helping us continue to fund life-changing research into the neurological conditions that affect so many people. 

Find out about the research that we are funding with the help of people like Ed and James.