Entries From Elbrus Southside 7-20-2012

Mt. Elbrus: JJ Justman and Team Arrive in Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 21, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello from Moscow!

It is official, our Elbrus expedition has officially started. Well…not quite. However, everyone has arrived gear and all minus one late comer who will meet us tomorrow for dinner.

We spent the evening discussing our itinerary but more importantly we just kicked back and got to know one another. Some of the team have climbed together while others are meeting for the first time.

Tomorrow we will spend the day touring the city of Moscow and arguing about which fantastic restaurant we will have dinner. Tonight’s choice was Italian and it did not disappoint.

It’s a rough life getting started on Mount Elbrus but we are somehow managing. Dessert cappuccinos are in their way…gotta go!

Please check back tomorrow for an in depth look at some of the magnificent sites we explore…

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Cathedral of Christ Savior - Moscow RMI Photo Collection
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Hi Neal,

Glad you arrived safely.  Seeing Moscow brings back memories.  Much success to you and your team.  Our thoughts and prayers are witth you. 

God Bless,
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Posted by: Pat and. Dan. Nolan on 7/22/2012 at 6:56 pm


Mt. Elbrus:  Seeing the sites of Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 22, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello fellow mountaineers! A picture speaks a thousand words and a video speaks millions! So please enjoy our team’s video from today.

We covered a lot of ground and our team soaked up the sights, sounds and even smells of Moscow. Our city guide was the famous Nina who bombarded us with all the interesting facts and history of this famous area.

Red square, Kremlin, theaters, KGB, Lenins Tomb and heck…even Sbarro pizza! There is so much to see you simply have to see it for yourself.

Our team had a fantastic dinner tonight and “Mo”, one of our climbers was adventurous enough to see the Swan Lake Ballet. I forgot my tutu so instead, I am writing this dispatch.

The highlight for me was the changing of the guards of the unknown soldier. It is featured in the video. If our team marches as well as the guards, we will summit for sure!

We will touch base tomorrow from our tiny little mountain town at the base of Mt. Elbrus.

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

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The Kremlin has never looked so good and your report was great!

На саммите в Санкт-Эльбрус!

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Posted by: David + Mitchells on 7/25/2012 at 7:14 pm

Elsie- you have a career in broadcasting. Loved the video and good to see you and Charlotte finally. Been checking the website for days. Looks warm there in Moscow. Can’t… read more

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 7/23/2012 at 8:32 am


Mt. Elbrus: Team arrives Mt. Elbrus area

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 23, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 7,500'

We have left the creature comforts of Moscow and are now enjoying the creature comforts of Cheget. It is nice to be in this quaint little mountain town.

Our staff here at our hotel were happy to see us once again and they prepared a celebration dinner for our arrival. Celebrating what you may ask…well, for enjoying the good life in the mountains.

After dinner we are going to go for a stroll around town and we will have some photos and video of our day tomorrow. Our plan is to hike to the summit of Peak Cheget to acclimatize.

Stay tuned…

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

Mt. Elbrus 18,510 ft.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Congrats on your summit climb. Looking forward to photos and adventure tales.
Lots of Love.

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Posted by: Rita on 7/29/2012 at 8:27 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Acclimating Hike on Peak Cheget

Posted by: | July 24, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 7,500'

Hello friends and family of RMI! Spoken word, photos nor video can explain how gorgeous of a day we had on our acclimatization hike. I have been visiting here off and on since 2002. I have never had such a beautiful day.

Mount Elbrus was out in a cloudless sky, which allowed our team to soak up the sun and snap some great photographs. Tonight we will focus on last minute gear items to ensure we are all ready to move onto the mountain.

Enjoy the video from today and if someone could please tell me, “is Charlotte always that clumsy”? Watch the video and you will understand!

Good times in Russia!

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

Looking down into the Baksan Valley.  Photo: Linden Mallory A peak through the clouds at the summit of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Linden Mallory
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Remember to get some video of the summit day and technical part of Elbrus for those at home. Anxious to see what it is like up there. Amazing weather and… read more

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 7/24/2012 at 2:35 pm

Hi. Neil,

Cheget.  looks absolutely. beautiful..  Would love to snap our fingers and be there.Glad all continues to go so well for all of you.

Blessings,


Pat.  and… read more

Posted by: Pat. and. Dan. Nolan. on 7/24/2012 at 10:00 am


Mt. Elbrus: Heading onto the Mountain

Posted by: | July 25, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello everyone. It’s Team Elbrus checking in from our camp at the Barrels. The process of getting up here at 12,000 feet involves riding two trams and one chairlift. After we arrived I introduced our team to Albina, our Executive Chef. I do not say cook because that would be an insult. Her meals are out of this world!

After our lunch we packed a light pack and went for a walk uphill. After a brief refresher on the rest step we made it up to enjoy the view at 13,000 feet. Now sitting back at camp we are wearing our bath slippers, listening to music and eating summer sausage and crackers.

Everyone here says hello and we will let you know how our acclimatizing day goes tomorrow. Cheers from The Team!

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

Garabashi Hut

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It’s great to see the photos and videos!!! No comment re any potential clumsiness on Charlotte’s part—- but her aplomb, given the water drop, while on camera is remarkable!!! Way… read more

Posted by: Dana Marie Buchanan on 7/26/2012 at 7:13 am

Hey John!  Watching your progress, and wishing I was there.  Best of luck, Brother!

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Posted by: Paul Stanford on 7/25/2012 at 7:41 am


Mt. Elbrus: Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 26, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

We are back from our acclimatization to 15,165 feet on Mt. Elbrus. The team got a closer look at the route. And more importantly, they were able to work out some of the nervous jitters that come from the unknown.

Today’s climbing up to Pastuhkova Rocks is very similar to the climbing we will face on summit day. The slopes aren’t flat but they are also not overly steep. Nice and relaxed is how I’d define them…just like our team.

Speaking of our team, they are doing fantastic. Everyone is working well together which should make summit day safer, more successful and more fun.

We are back at our camp relaxing in the sunshine. Tomorrow is our rest day. However, we will check in and give you an update on what the weather has in store for us on our summit day, which should be Saturday.

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

Patuhkova Rocks located on Mt. Elbrus at 15,165 feet

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Hi Keri Bear and Allen!  The big day is around the corner.  Will be with you and your group, sending prayers and positive thoughts!  Keri, be safe, have fun and… read more

Posted by: Rosemary Wallin on 7/27/2012 at 6:55 am


Mt.Elbrus: Team Readies for Summit Attempt

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 27, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Today is our rest day in final preparation for our summit attempt of Mt. Elbrus. To fight the boredom we spent some time this morning going over some mountaineering techniques. Some of the team are putting the finishing touches on our summit packs while others are relaxing watching the movie “Step Brothers”.

We received an updated weather forecast and it has remained the same. Tonight and tomorrow is calling for clear skies with increasing clouds mid day. Basically, the weather has me smiling. So keep your fingers crossed and wish us luck. The team is doing great and we will give a call from the summit.

RMI Guide J.J. Justman

Looking up toward the summit of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: RMI Collection Training on the lower slopes of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: RMI Collection


JJ checks in as the team prepares to start their summit bid.

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Good luck John! Have fun!

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Posted by: Monica on 7/27/2012 at 6:46 pm

Way to go, Elsie and Char!  Can’t wait for news from the summit. The Fitches say Bravo..  Love to you both, MPB

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Posted by: Margaret Bemiss on 7/27/2012 at 10:57 am


Mt. Elbrus: JJ Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 28, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

I don’t mean to brag. I don’t mean to boast. I like jelly on my breakfast toast and I also like every team member on the summit of Mt. Elbrus, which is where we are right now and I’ll tell you what, the team did a fantastic job today. We have beautiful weather. About a 15 mph wind on top to keep us cool. But I’ll tell you what the team hung in there, it was a long day climbing and everyone has their feet on the summit, up here on Europe’s highest mountain, Mt. Elbrus. Thank you guys so much for following along and we will touch base with you when we get down. We still have a little bit of work to do so we’re drinking some water, eating a little snack, and take some photos, and then we’re gonna do the really kind of the hardest part to be honest, which is getting down but everyone is doing fantastic. We’ll touch base with all of you later. Ciao from Russia.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

An RMI team at sunrise on summit day. Photo: Casey Grom Highest peak in Europe, Mt. Elbrus, 18,510'. Photo: Casey Grom


JJ Justman from the Mt. Elbrus Summit

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Sam et aliae et alii, Charlotte plans to pick it up on the way down.

What a thrill.

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Posted by: David on 7/30/2012 at 7:20 pm

congrats on the summit! any word on the descent?

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Posted by: ryan on 7/30/2012 at 9:47 am


Mt. Elbrus: JJ Justman & Team Sightseeing in St. Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 31, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello everyone! It is Team Elbrus reporting from St. Petersburg. Last evening we had a great celebration in Cheget. I cannot fully explain how thrilled I am to have climbed with such a great team. We had a diverse group. Our youngest member, Charlotte, is 16 and tough as nails! I had to apologize on summit day because Elbrus wasn’t high enough for her as she casually strolled to the summit. Our oldest team member makes me hope that I will be as strong at that age, especially since I will most likely be guiding into my late 80’s.

We made it into St. Petersburg and we are resting and relaxing in our beautiful hotel near one of the city’s canals. We have a full day of touring this beautiful city. Stay tuned for some great videos and photos of our final day in this fantastic country.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

St. Petersburg Canal at night.
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CONGRATS Maurine Braddock (Mom)—you are officially a badass! Love, Keith/Lindsey/Linus/Elaine

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Posted by: Lindsey & Keith on 7/31/2012 at 4:50 pm

Congratulations Elsie, Charlotte, and the whole team.  We are so proud of you!  Can’t wait to hear more about it.

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Posted by: Corell and Lucy on 7/31/2012 at 12:44 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Team’s Last Day in St. Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 31, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Its a sad day. Our Mt. Elbrus Expedition is over. I cannot tell you how much fun I have had with both my teams in Russia this year. I have climbed the highest mountain in Europe with old friends and I have made new friends along the way.

Tonight was the perfect way to end the adventure…on the canal waterways of one of the most magnificent cities in the world!

Enjoy a glimpse of the beauty…


RMI Guide J.J. Justman

Church of the Savior of Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia. Evening canal tour in St. Petersburg.

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