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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!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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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: 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.

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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


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