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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Hike to Pastukhova Rocks

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

First and foremost, please tell me Argentina won. Please. This morning our team awoke to beautiful clear skies. The twin summits of Europe’s highest peak were shining and in the faint distance several climbers could be seen on the upper slopes.

Lower down we prepared our packs and after a hearty breakfast we laced up our boots and pulled up our knickers for a good day of acclimatization. The entire team did fabulous as we made it above Pastukhova Rocks with an end altitude of 15,500 feet. I swear some of the team wanted to just keep climbing to the top!

Now, we are back at camp recovering from a great day in the Russian mountains.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The Pastukhova Rocks at 15,100' on Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection New container huts at Garabashi, Mt. Elbrus. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Settled in after Acclimating Hike

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Today we had an early morning as we finished packing all our gear in preparation for heading to the upper mountain. We rode two trams up to the Mir station and then we jumped on the final chairlift to Garabashi Hut at 12,000 feet.

We used to stay at the Barrels but we were in for a real treat. We are staying in a brand new facility exclusive to our in-country outfitter. They have brand new huts which really resemble shipping containers with windows. The hickory flooring and coat racks are a nice touch.

Our head chef is Albina and let me tell you, I almost forgot how incredible her home-cooked food is. Fresh cucumber and tomato salad is my favorite!

The team just returned from a good acclimatization hike that took us to 13,200 feet. A blanket has covered the upper mountain giving us zero views other than a tipsy feeling of being surrounded in a constant shield of white. It didn’t stop us from having fun and doing our bodies some good.

We are back in our huts relaxing and getting settled in. Stay tuned for some more adventure!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

JJ Justman and team inside the Gondola, Baksan Valley, Russia. Photo: Christian Espinosa

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Climb Peak Cheget

Posted by: | July 08, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

Hi RMI Blog Enthusiasts!

It was really nice to finally get in the mountains and breathe some fresh air! We had a gorgeous day as you’ll see in the video. The team had a relaxing day as we strolled up to 11,000 feet topping out on Peak Cheget. Tomorrow we will continue the adventure and head to the hut on the lower flanks of the mighty Elbrus.

Sad news…or maybe you’ll be glad…I don’t think I’ll be able to post anymore videos until we get down in a few days. If you have any questions please contact my agent…

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Tour Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hi everyone! Today our team enjoyed a beautiful day sightseeing in Moscow. We had a phenomenal city tour focusing on the intense history of The Red Square, the many gorgeous cathedrals and of course The Kremlin. Every time I visit I learn more and more about this fascinating country!

Enjoy the slide show of some of the highlights of today’s adventure!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: JJ Justman and Team Arrive in Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Okay! First off…ARGENTINA…ARGENTINA…ARGENTINA!!! Yes, yes, the first 2014 RMI Mount Elbrus expedition is underway. Everyone arrived, everyone is cool, everyone’s bags arrived, we are all going on a gorgeous city tour tomorrow of the Red Square and The Kremlin…but C’mon man! Argentina beat Belgium to enter the semi finals!

I can’t wait to produce a video of tomorrow’s city tour. Moscow is a beautiful place with beautiful people rich in history and culture. Stay tuned! But for now…for all my brothers and sisters in Argentina…Te Amo!!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

At the Moscow Subway prior to heading into the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Finish Their Trip in Russia

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

It was a great day here in St. Pete’s!

We started the day with a walking tour of this beautiful city led by our wonderful local guide Natasha. She took us to the major sites and enlightened us to the 300 years of this city’s history. We took a short break where some folks did a little exploring on there own, and others headed to the famous Hermitage where we learned that if someone spent one minute at every piece of art, it would take 8 years to view it all! Needless to say, we saw only a fraction of it.

Later in the evening the team headed out on a final tour of this majestic city by boat. We spent an hour touring the city from its many canals, which was a great way to wrap up our trip.

It’s been a wonderful adventure with a great team. We are all thankful for the great weather we’ve had, but are looking forward to getting back home.

Missing all of our families and most of our friends.

See ya soon!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

St. Petersburg Canal tour. Photo: RMI Collection Casey Grom & team enjoying their last night together in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team | Last Stop, St. Petersburg

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Well the team has arrived in beautiful St. Petersburg. It was a long day of travel: three-hour bus ride followed by a three-hour flight. It’s warm here and the sun doesn’t set until nearly 11pm. We went on a short walk to stretch the legs and had a wonderful dinner at a great little cafe nearby.

Everyone is doing well and looking forward to exploring the city tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Casey Grom & team dine in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Relaxing in Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello everyone:

It was a pretty mellow day here in Cheget. The team spent the day resting after our big climb. We mostly just relaxed around town doing a little shopping and catching up on some emails at the hotel. Everyone is packed up and ready for our trip to St. Petersburg tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Looking down the Baksan Valley. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

Update 10:30 a.m. PST:
Success!
It was a wonderful albeit tiring day for all. We started our climb with a 1:00 a.m. wake up call and hit the trail by 3:00. It was a beautifully clear and calm night for climbing. The team did an amazing job at taking care of themselves and pushing hard to reach the highest point in Europe. It took about seven hours to reach the summit and less than half that to descend back to camp. We had a quick lunch and headed downhill for showers and a great celebration dinner with our local support.

Everyone is extremely happy and tired!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Casey Grom and team reached the top of Mt. Elbrus this morning!  After spending some time on top to enjoy the views and take some photos, the team began their descent.  At 3:00 a.m. PST and back at the Garabashi Hut, Casey sent the photo below showing the team on the summit!

7/27/13 - Casey Grom and team on the Elbrus summit! Photo: Casey Grom Casey Grom and team celebrating their Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello everyone:

Today is our rest day before we make our summit attempt. We got up a little early for a little crampon practice while the snow was still firm and familiarized ourselves with our ice axes. We had breakfast and then spent a little time playing cribbage. After lunch we had our summit talk to prepare ourselves for tonight’s climb. Everyone is ready and all we need now is a little good weather!

Keep your fingers crossed for us.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Garabashi Hut at sunset. Photo: RMI Collection

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Recent Images From Elbrus Southside

  • The Pastuhkova Rock feature at 15,100 ft on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • The July 18th RMI Mt. Elbrus team taking an acclimatization hike to 15,000 ft on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI July 18th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying time on mountain.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th team on an acclimazation hike.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • 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
  • Rooftops of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Sunset view of the Caucasus Mountains above Cheget. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Cheget, mountain town at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI July 11th team enjoying a celebration dinner in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • St. Basils Cathedral near Red Square Moscow, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The outer walls around the Kremlin, Moscow Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 11th team on the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Russia, 18,510 ft.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Training on the lower slopes of Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The new huts on Mt. Elbrus, 12,000 ft.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The July 11th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike to 15,000 ft on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 11th team takes a break during their acclimatization hike on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • An acclimatization hike on Mt. Elbrus by the July 11th team.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 11th team loading the gondola to reach Base Camp on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The canals of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Ski Lift in Cheget. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Flight To Mineralnye Vody, Russia Photo: Casey Grom
  • Traditional Ushankas. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Guide Casey Grom and team on their Moscow, Russia city tour. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Guide Casey Grom and team enjoy dinner together in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Climbers en route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Sunrise on summit day on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • RMI Guide JJ Justman ascending Mt. Elbrus, Russia yesterday. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Climbers en route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • RMI Guide JJ Justman and the RMI July 4th Team on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: John Hughes
  • The Pastukhova Rocks at 15,100' on Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection
  • New container huts at Garabashi, Mt. Elbrus. Photo: JJ Justman
  • JJ Justman and team inside the Gondola, Baksan Valley, Russia. Photo: Christian Espinosa