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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.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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: Grom & Team Acclimate in Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
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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Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Tour Moscow

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello from Russia everyone!

The team arrived yesterday, and after the long flights we took it easy with a brief team meeting and a quick bite to eat. We then retired to our rooms to sleep off the jet lag.

Today we woke up rather leisurely, had a continental breakfast, and walked just a short distance to meet our tour guide at the Red Square and Kremlin. We spent the better part of the day walking around the Kremlin, Red Square, and the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. Along our walk we also passed by the tomb of the unknown solider and had a brief lunch at the G.U.M.

After our tour we took a short break to do a little exploring on our own, or snuck off for a quick cat nap. We wrapped up the evening with a nice walk down to a diner to grab dinner where we enjoyed mingling with the locals and getting to know each other better.

All is well and everyone is looking forward to heading to the mountain tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and team

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

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Mt. Rainier: July 7th Update

Posted by: Casey Grom, Seth Waterfall | July 07, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mount Rainier Four Day and Five Day Summit Climbs, led by Seth Waterfall and Casey Grom, reached the summit this morning with clear skies, warm temperaturess and winds ranging from 5-20 mph.  Both teams began their descent from the crater rim at 7:15 a.m.

Congratulations to today’s climbers!

RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Casey Grom

Sunrise on Mount Rainier. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: July 1st Teams Summit

Posted by: Casey Grom, Linden Mallory | July 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Casey Grom and the Five Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Linden Mallory reached the summit of Mt. Rainier earlier this morning.  The teams got an early start this morning in order to take advantage of the cooler overnight temperatures and beat the heat today.  While on the summit, the teams found it to be incredibly warm with calm winds.  They are also enjoying a clear sky with views in all directions.

The teams will descend to Camp Muir where they will refuel before continuing their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them in Ashford later today.

Congratulations!

The Five Day Summit Climb takes a break en route to the summit of Mt. Rainier on July 1st.  Photo: Linden Mallory
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Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach Summit

Posted by: Casey Grom, Lindsay Fixmer | June 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

RMI Guide Casey Grom radioed from the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:33 am with his Four Day Summit Climb Team along with the Five Day Summit Climb led by Lindsay Fixmer.  The Four and Five Day Summit Climb teams reported great conditions on the mountains and a beautiful day with barely any winds.  The teams were going to start their descent just before 8 am and will return to Camp Muir and then continue to Paradise.
We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb teams!

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Daddy - you made it!  I can’t wait to see this afternoon at Base Camp.  I love you so much!

      LOVE MATTHEW!

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Posted by: Chris Eskritt on 6/23/2014 at 8:18 am

Congratulations Mark!!! (and the rest of the team) So proud of you, can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it.  Wish I had a shot of patron waiting… read more

Posted by: Jean-Marie on 6/23/2014 at 8:17 am


Mt. Rainier: Four & Five Day Summit Climbs Reach the Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Zeb Blais | June 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb Team led by Casey Grom and the Five Day Summit Climb Team led by Zeb Blais reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 8:00 am PT.  The teams reported clear skies and good climbing conditions with some chilly temperatures.  They were able to enjoy some time on top today and began their descent around 9:20 am.  The teams will return to Camp Muir for a short break before continuing down to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Jessie, you are truly amazing and words cannot describe how proud I am of you!  I love you, Mom.

Ken, 2nd times a charm, I’m so glad you were able… read more

Posted by: Lisa Williams on 6/16/2014 at 9:22 am

Great job Bob! Can’t wait to celebrate Father’s Day when you get home.
Love you,
Sharon, Kyle, and Kyra

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Posted by: Sharon, Kyle, and Kyra on 6/16/2014 at 9:12 am


Mt. Rainier: RMI Climbers on the Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Lindsay Fixmer | June 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams led by RMI Guides Casey Grom and Lindsay Fixmer reached the summit of Mt. Rainier at 7:25 am PT.  Casey reported winds ranging from 15-20 mph and clear skies.  From the summit he could see clouds throughout the Ashford valley but reported clear skies above 6,000’.  The team was able to enjoy an hour on top due to the nice weather.  They will return to Camp Muir and then continue their descent to Paradise.  We look forward to seeing them at Rainier BaseCamp later today.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb Teams!

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir Reaches Summit

Posted by: Casey Grom, Chase Nelson, Mark Falender, Katrina Bloemsma | June 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,410'

The Expedition Skill Seminar - Muir reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning at 7:25 am PT.  RMI Guide Casey Grom reported a beautiful day with clear skies, light winds and cool temperatures. 

The team will descend to Camp Muir (10,060’) where they will spend their final night on the mountain and conclude their training tomorrow with a final descent to Paradise.

Congratulations to today’s Seminar team!

The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir June 1 - 6 team on the summit of Mt. Rainier June 5th.  Photo: Casey Grom
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