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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Celebrate In Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2014
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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.

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

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 20, 2014
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The RMI July 18th Mt. Elbrus team led by RMI Guide JJ Justman gathered in Moscow on July 19th.  The team explored the city on July 20th with a local tour guide soaking in the sites of the Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin’s Tomb and more.  Check out the video from their city tour.

St. Basils Cathedral near Red Square Moscow, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection The outer walls around the Kremlin, Moscow Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Reach Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the RMI Mt. Elbrus July 11th team reached the summit of Mt.Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak on July 20th.  The team had a great day and will check in again when they are back at camp.

Congratulations to the team!

The RMI July 11th team on the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Russia, 18,510 ft.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Wait out the Weather

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Not that we needed it, but yesterday’s thunderstorms with hail, lighting, and strong winds only confirmed we’d made the right call to delay by one day. By morning today the clouds had blown off and the sun was back out but you could still see the wind up high blowing strong. Rather than rest all day again, we went for a nice hike after breakfast to stretch the legs and exercise the lungs a bit. Being a Saturday there were dozens of snowcats full of people and endless snowmobiles flying past as we hiked. 
After our hike we enjoyed another nice meal cooked by Albina and then sat together to discuss our upcoming climb. We have gone over all the details and are already packed up ready for morning. Our plan will be to wake up around midnight, have breakfast at 12:30 and hopefully be riding our snowcat by 1:30. The snow cat will drop us off basically where we ended our highest acclimatization hike two days ago. From there it should takes us about 6-8 hours to reach the summit of Mt. Elbrus if all goes according to plan. The forecast looks better than yesterday’s and the team is very ready for the climb.
We’ll do our best to call from the summit, and will undoubtedly check in when we return.
Wish us luck!

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Train in Preparation of Summit Bid

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Today the team got up a little early to make use of the firm snow to practice using our crampons, and we revisited how to self-arrest also.  After our morning session we enjoyed breakfast and then relaxed near camp till lunch. The weather has slowly been changing here and shortly after lunch we decided to postpone our climb by one day as the forecast is showing a slight improvement for tomorrow evening. So that means another day of rest tomorrow!

Not much new to report here, but everyone is doing well and we have our fingers crossed that the weather improves enough to allow for some amazing views.

We’ll check in again tomorrow before our big climb!

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Training on the lower slopes of Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimate on Mt. Elbrus

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 15,000'

It was another beautiful day here on Mt. Elbrus! We woke to clear skies, calm winds and a amazing view of the enormous Caucasus range. (Really you should google it sometime!) We had our standard breakfast of porridge, boiled eggs, assorted meats, cheeses and coffee. Today was our planned acclimatization hike and we did just that. The team hiked for about three hours uphill and reached about 15,000 ft, which was a new record for some. We enjoyed the views took a few photos and then headed back down to camp for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon has been spent playing cards, reading and napping.
All is well and we are looking forward to having a rest day tomorrow.

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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

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Reach Hut at 12,000’

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

July 16, 2014 - 5:12 am PT

We started our day at a reasonable hour with breakfast at 8 am, we had porridge, fried eggs, and of course plenty of the Starbucks coffee we brought along. :) After breakfast we finished the remainder of our packing and headed over the the gondola to hitch a ride further up the mountain to our new Base camp on Mt. Elbrus. Two gondola rides and one super long single chair lift delivered us at our new home just over 12’000’. Our new home is basically a retro fitted shipping container, they’re brand new and rather comfortable.
After we settled in we had a nice lunch cooked by our wonderful and cantankerous cook Albina. She’s a great cook, but I think is a little over worked and runs a tight ship. 
After lunch we headed out to stretch our legs and continue our acclimatization process by hiking for a little over an hour and gaining well over a thousand feet. Everyone did great and we are now back at camp watching the evening clouds roll in and getting ready for dinner.
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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

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Explore St. Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 16, 2014
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I’m not too big of a man to admit…our adventure is officially over…and I’m actually sad. Our team took off early this morning after a grand finale here in St Petersburg. We had a tour of all the historical sites and finished with a great canal tour.

I want to thank every team member who I now consider friends. And ask my 3rd grade school teacher Ms. Buchanan, I have a tough time making friends!

Yes, we climbed Elbrus. Yes, we all made the summit. And yes, we all had a safe climbing experience…always number one on the list.

But for some reason this team was pretty much the same as all my RMI teams from the past. They were AWESOME!! I can’t wait to climb with all of them again. Plans are already being made for Vinson and Aconcagua.

In the meantime, here is a short video of how we ended our time on this incredible adventure…

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The canals of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimate in Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 15, 2014
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Elevation: 11,000'

All is well here in the Baksan Valley, at the base of Elbrus. We’ve settled into our comfortable hotel here in Cheget, which doubles as a ski town in the winter. It reminds me of Jackson Hole with Mt. Rainier instead of the Grand Tetons.

We woke to a beautiful morning and finally we were able to get out and stretch our legs a bit. We made the most of the local ski lifts, (to save our knees of course) and hiked up the neighboring peak to start our acclimatization. It started off a little cloudy today, but eventually cleared for some decent views of Elbrus. After our ascent we headed back down to town for a nice lunch and headed over the local climbing shop to pick up a few last minute things. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, getting our bags packed and just wrapping up another enjoyable Russia dinner with plenty of borscht.

All is well here and we’ll check in again tomorrow!

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Ski Lift in Cheget. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Arrive In Mineralnye Vody

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello again Everyone,

It was anyone long day of travel here in Russia for us again. We departed Moscow moderately early and flew southward to the town of Mineralnye Vody (which means mineral water) where we were meet by our local guide Alexander. We loaded all of our duffels into the waiting van and continued heading south towards Mt. Elbrus. This part of Russia is very rural and the countryside is mostly used for agriculture purposes, especially sunflowers! It has been heavily influenced by the Turkish and is therefore predominately Islamic. It’s beautiful here, but it also seems a bit behind the times when compared to Moscow or St. Petersburg. The team enjoyed the views, had a little fun, but everyone is ready for some exercise!
 
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Flight To Mineralnye Vody, Russia Photo: Casey Grom Traditional Ushankas. Photo: Casey Grom

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  • Casey Grom & Team In St. Petersburg Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Team on Canal Tour. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Team in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Team on Canal Tour with St. Petersburg in the Background. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom and team having lunch in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Elbrus team's drive from Cheget to Mineralnye Vody. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Grom and team enjoying dinner amongst beautiful St. Petersburg views. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom's team on their Mt. Elbrus summit day. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Elbrus summit team enjoying a beautiful day on their descent. Photo: Casey Grom
  • In Cheget, Casey Grom and team celebrating their Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • August 1, 2014 - Casey Grom and team on the Mt. Elbrus summit! Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 25th Team practicing ice axe arrest on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team enjoying lunch in the containers at 12,000 ft. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike with their camp in the background. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Enjoying the sites from an evening boat ride through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Utilizing chairlifts from the ski area to gain elevation on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying the surrounding views of the Caucasus mountains.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • The RMI July 18th Elbrus Team arrives Saint Petersburg.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their Moscow, Russia city tour. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team exploring Moscow, Russia in the evening. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team Members enjoying time in Cheget, Russia.  Photo:  JJ Justman
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team on the summit of Europes highest peak, 18,501 ft, on July 26th.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • 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