The main climbing season is mid May to mid September, with July and August the most popular months.
On the normal route most people will use the Barrels Hut or the Diesel Hut, or they will camp nearby. From there it is a simple non-technical climb to the summit, but it is a long way (over 1700m from the Barrels Hut) and bad weather can make the upper slopes of Elbrus a dangerous place to be. Sudden storms with strong winds and falling temperatures are common, making route-finding difficult. Even in good weather it is worth taking down gear as insurance.
Wind chill rating: High
This is yet another mountain where windchill can double the danger. So as well as protection for the main body, windproof mitts become a really important item.
At 80gm the Extreme Balaclava is a worthwhile bad weather item, filling the gap around the neck where cold winds will try to force their way in.
Down Boots are a comfort item for anyone liable to get cold feet at night.