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Mt. Rainier: May 22nd Summit - 100% on Top

Posted by: Casey Grom, Elias de Andres Martos, Bridget Belliveau, Andy Hildebrand, Lindsay Fixmer | May 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The RMI Expedition Skills Seminar - Muir led by Casey Grom and Elias de Andres Martos reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning with 100% of their team!  The team reported great climbing conditions and clear skies.  The are currently back at Camp Muir where they will spend another night on the mountain and complete their skills training before making their way back to Ashford Basecamp on Friday afternoon.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

 

100% of the team on the summit of Mt. Rainier, May 22, 2014. Photo: Casey Grom
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Mt. Rainier: May 17th Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Andy Hildebrand | May 17, 2014
Categories: *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guide Casey Grom reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning.  They are in the clouds with snow showers off and on and winds of about 10 mph.  The will keep their visit to the top short and will be descending back Camp Muir.

Congratulations to Today’s Team!

An RMI Team Ascending in the Clouds. RMI Photo Collection
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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Back in Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Today we descended back down the valley all the way to Namche where we passed hundreds of trekkers, climbers, and endless yaks trains! We paused occasionally to take in the amazing views and to see where we had been. It only took about 4 hours to reach Namche where we arrived just before a few groups and took advantage of the much needed hot showers. The team spent the rest of the afternoon doing a little gift shopping and just relaxing in the warmer temperatures.

Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to our last day on the trail.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Casey Grom's team back in Namche. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Relaxing in Tengboche

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,687'

Hello again everyone. We’re finally back in the cell and wifi zone!

I’m not sure if the last few sat phone calls went through but here’s a quick recap:
Thursday night it snowed for a few hours before we woke for our Island Peak summit climb. Thankfully it was only a few inches and the weather cleared before we started climbing. However, it was just enough to obscure the trail and make our going a little slippery, not dangerous, just very slow and tiring. We climbed up a steep slope into a tricky rock gulley that led to the start of the glacier where we strapped on our crampons and pulled out our ice axes. The start of the glacier was very broken and again required our full attention and lots of stamina, then eased off before the final steep headwall. The last few hundred feet had us ascending fixed rope to the summit and was exhausting due to the thin air. We took a few photos and started rapelling back down to the glacier. All in all it took us eight hours to reach the summit and another five to get back to camp. Three of our six climbers were able to battle to the top and the others gave us as much support as they could.
 
Today we hiked all the way back to Tengboche and are currently relaxing in a tea house and are very excited about hot showers tomorrow in Namche.

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Island Peak's Headwall. Photo: Casey Grom Hiking above the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Summit Island Peak

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 20,300'

Hello everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in again from the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. We are all currently safely back at base camp here on Island Peak after a successful but long, hard day. It was a pretty tough night. We actually had quite a bit of snow overnight, which made the trail difficult but fine and pretty slick so it was hard going for most folks for the first few hours. Luckily the wind died down and we were able to get three of our climbers to the top of Island Peak. The other three- a couple of them climbed, one stayed in camp to be moral support. The other two, I think they realized it was a little too much for them. It was a big day. It took about eight hours for the team to reach the summit after almost going non-stop with just a few breaks. We are all back at camp, everyone’s happy and doing well. We just packed up and we’re going to drop down to Chukung… (transmission lost)

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Walking through the rocks at dawn. Photo: Casey Grom Fixed line to summit of Island Peak. Photo: Casey Grom


RMI Guide Casey Grom checking in after Island Peak climb.

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Reach Chukung

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 15,514'

Hey everybody. This is Casey Grom checking in again with the RMI Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. Just wanted to let everyone know that all is well. We left Pheriche yesterday and hiked for a few hours.  It was up the eastern-most valley in the Khumbu region to a little village called Chukung. Unfortunately, I was not able to get reception where we were staying. No cell service or wifi up there either. We had a great night, great food, and got up this morning to a little dusting of snow on the ground. We had a leisurely breakfast and got everything packed up.  And then the team set off this morning around 10 AM. We hiked for about three hours further up the valley to the the base of Island Peak. Our wonderful support staff hiked ahead of us and had our dining tent and even had a hot lunch ready for us. All of our sleeping tents were set up right as we pulled in. We are a little spoiled to say the least. Anyway, the team’s doing great. We’re just relaxing right now inside the tents and will continue to rest this afternoon. We’ll do some training tomorrow and then we’re hoping tomorrow night we’ll make our summit bid. So that’s all for now, hope everyone back home is doing well and we’ll check in again soon.

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Island Peak from Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection Hiking through the Imja Khola Valley. Photo: RMI Collection Trek towards Island Peak. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Casey Grom calls in from Chukung.

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team back in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone. We have finally made it back to the land of wifi!

It was a wonderful two days at Base Camp and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We bid farewell to everyone there and headed back down the valley to Pheriche. It was an incredibly busy day on the trail with hundreds of porters and yaks heavily burdened with their loads. The weather was pretty nice most of the way which was a treat after yesterday being so windy. We are relaxing in the dinning room here with dozens of climbers where it’s actually hot because of the stove fueled by nothing more than dried yak dung.

Enjoying the thick warm air!

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Trail to Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom Team at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom The Crew enjoying a meal in the dining tent. Photo: Casey Grom

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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK & ISLAND PEAK: GROM & TEAM CHECK IN FROM EVEREST BASE CAMP

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Hello Everybody,

This is Casey Grom checking in from Everest Base Camp. Our team actually arrived yesterday after making the summit of Kala Patar. Unfortunately we were not able to get a satellite call to let everyone know that we had safely arrived here. Everyone here is doing fantastic!

We woke up this morning to pretty blustery weather, but our wonderful cook Kumar actually got our hot shower up and running here. So it is nice for everyone to get a nice hot shower and just relax. This afternoon we went for a short walk from out camp down the start of the glacier where the route through the Kumbu Ice Fall starts.  That was a nice treat for everybody to get to walk down there and try and get an idea of where the route will go in.
Everyone is doing great; we are currently sitting down for dinner. Our game plan is to head back down to Pheriche and we should have cell service Wi-Fi once we get back down there. We are looking forward to getting back down there and will hopefully send pictures then.

Good Night Everybody!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew


Casey Grom Checking in from Everest Base Camp

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Grom & Team Arrive Gorak Shep

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Hello everyone.
We’re still here. Just went through Loboche which is a little short on cell service, wifi and I even had trouble getting my sat phone to work.
The last couple of days have been really nice and strangely it seems to be getting warmer as we get higher. We hiked to Gorak Shep today and wanted to climb up Kala Patar but the evening swirling clouds have us waiting till tomorrow.
We are literarily a stones through from the Khumbu glacier and only about two hours from Mt. Everest Base Camp. Everyone seems to be doing well and we are so excite for Base camp!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Team with Mt. Everest in the back ground.  Photo: Casey Grom Mt. Everest, 29,035'.  Photo: Casey Grom Team dinner en route to Mt. Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Take Another Day in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone.

Today we opted to take an additional rest day here in Pheriche.  There’s a cold going around and everyone could benefit from a little more acclimatization.  Most of us went on a hike to stretch our legs and lungs a bit.  It was one of the nicest days in the Khumbu yet, with plenty of sunshine and it was relatively warm today. 

After our hike we relaxed once again in the sunroom and played a bit of cribbage. Currently Travis and Sean are winning, but I think their luck is about to change.  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll hit the trail and head further towards Everest Base Camp.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Acclimating hike out of Pheriche amongst spectacular views. Photo: Casey Grom Relaxing in the Pheriche Tea House sunroom. Photo: Casey Grom

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