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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team See the Sights and Bid Farewell to Russia

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Our final night in St. Petersburg!

The team had a great last day here in Russia, with a visit to several beautiful churches full of mosaics. We then visited the very famous Hermitage Museum, where we saw paintings and sculptures by many well-known artists including Picasso, Rembrandt, and even Da Vinci. We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a fantastic evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.

It’s been a wonderful adventure here in Russia, but it’s time to say our goodbyes and return to family and loved ones.

Thanks for following,
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Grom and Team visiting St. Petersburg after Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom The Elbrus team enjoying the St. Petersburg canal tour. Photo: Casey Grom Casey Grom & his Elbrus team's farewell dinner in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climb Teams on Top!

Posted by: Mike Haugen, Pete Van Deventer | July 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

Both the Four and Five Day Mt. Rainier Summit Climb teams tagged the top!  RMI Guides Mike Haugen and Pete Van Deventer reported a sleet/snow mix and moderate winds.  At 8:45 a.m. they radioed basecamp to say they are beginning their descent.

RMI climbers on the upper flanks of Mt. Rainier. Photo: Ed Viesturs
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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Stretch Their Legs on Peak Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

We had a fun day acclimatizing on Peak Cheget in beautiful weather. The views were breath taking and it certainly was nice to stretch the legs.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Alpamayo: Elias & Team Stay One More Night at Camp 1

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

Good afternoon. This is the Alpamayo climbing team. It’s 2 PM local time, calling from Camp 1. We decided to stay here. Different factors made the decision happen… some of them, a little bit of a dust of snow last night and a lot of teams coming down from High Camp made us decide to wait another day here and enjoy the benefits of acclimatization at this elevation. The plan is to move up tomorrow and, hopefully, climb the next day. Everything’s looking good—weather, team spirits, and everything. So, we’ll keep you posted in a couple days, hopefully from the summit. Regardless tomorrow we’ll check in from High Camp. I hope everybody back home is doing well. Take care.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos


RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos checks in.

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Arrive in St. Petersburg

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello everyone!

Today was our travel day from the mountain to St. Petersburg. It was a pretty long day with the four-hour bus ride to the airport and then a three-hour flight. It was a pretty uneventful day, but the team is doing very well. Everyone is happy to be here in this beautiful city and looking forward to our city tour tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Rooftops of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Arrive in Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

Sometimes the most difficult part of any expedition is just getting on the mountain. Today, our Elbrus team got one step closer.

We jumped on a flight from Moscow and arrived in Mineralnye Vody and then had a 2 1/2 hour shuttle ride to arrive in Cheget.

We are now sitting under the glistening Caucasus Mountains that surround the valley. Some of our team are exploring the shops in town while others are sorting mountaineering gear.

Thanks for catching up with is and stay tuned for some photos and video of this wonderful area.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Sunset view of the Caucasus Mountains above Cheget. Photo: RMI Collection Cheget, mountain town at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Rainier: July 21st Update

Posted by: Brent Okita | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

At 7:05 a.m. RMI Guide Brent Okita and his summit climb team were five minutes from Mt. Rainier’s crater rim.  The route work, completed yesterday, was great and well wanded.  Brent also reported great weather.

Congratulations to the team!

An RMI Team led by Brent Okita crossing the Mt. Rainier crater. Photo: Brent Okita

Alpamayo: Elias and Team Climb to Moraine Camp

Posted by: | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 16,240'

Good afternoon, This is ElĂ­as and the Alpamayo climbing team. It’s Sunday, the 20th, at 3:30 pm local time, and we have just arrived at Camp 1, or Moraine Camp, where we deposited a cache a couple days ago. We are turning into our tents, and we’re going to start an early dinner pretty soon here, with the hopes of Col Camp, or Camp 2 tomorrow. Potentially we could be going for the summit in just 36 hours, but we’ll keep you posted on that. Again, tomorrow the plan is to get to Col Camp, and we will keep you up to date on that, as well.

Take care.
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Celebrate In Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

We did it! We successfully climbed to the highest point in Europe. It wasn’t easy, in fact it was far from it.

We started our climb in pretty windy conditions and battled our way for several hours before the weather finally eased off. I have to admit I wasn’t sure it was going to happen for us, but a big thanks to our local guides for working hard and to the crew for doing a great job of taking care of themselves. We had our heads down most of the climb due to the blowing wind and surface snow that continuously made it difficult. The team worked extra hard today to make it happen, wearing parkas and goggles nearly the entire day.

We have finally descended all the way back to Cheget and just finished another wonderful meal, washed down with endless vodka in Russian style!

Everyone is in great spirits and looking forward to taking in the sites and relaxing in beautiful St. Petersburg.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Team

The RMI July 11th team enjoying a celebration dinner in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom

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Shuksan: Walter and Team are Rained Out

Posted by: Mike Walter | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 7,000'

The weather hasn’t cooperated with us the past couple of days, and we’re getting ready to pack up and descend through the Fisher Chimneys, and return to the trailhead. It’s still raining here, and we have a lot of climbing ahead of us just to get back to the approach trail. We’ll enjoy the climbing, but we’re also looking forward to a warm shower!

We’ve done the bulk of the climbing on this route already, and only about 2000’ stand between us and the summit. But there’s no way we can move upwards in these wet conditions.

We’ll touch base when we’re back at the trailhead.

RMI Guide Mike Walter


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