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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Enjoy Boat Tour of St. Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team spent their last night in Russia on a boat tour through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Follow along with them via the video below.

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

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Travel to Saint Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Our team left the Baksan Valley and the beautiful Caucasus Mountains and hopped a flight to Saint Petersburg.  Yes!!! It’s a St. Petersburg selfie!! Eat your heart out Ellen! That is the expression you have when you arrive in St. Petersburg. The team had a long day first driving to the airport and then flying to get here.  And let me tell you…it is worth it. I love this city and I can’t wait to share the sights with the team. It is a luxurious way to end our adventure in Russia.

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The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory The RMI July 18th Elbrus Team arrives Saint Petersburg.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Cindee, Congrats to you and the team! Looks like you had a great time. Safe travels home!

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Posted by: Carla on 7/28/2014 at 12:10 pm


Mt. Elbrus: JJ and Team Enjoy Last Day in Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 7,500'

It was a great last day in Cheget. The team went trout fishing and relaxed in the rain! Thank goodness we went for the summit of Mt. Elbrus yesterday.

We are continuing to celebrate a safe and successful adventure with great food and good company.

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RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team Members enjoying time in Cheget, Russia.  Photo:  JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman and Team Reach Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

Our team made the summit of Mt. Elbrus! It was an interesting weather day. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good. The wind and the cold challenged everyone including myself.

Our team did a fantastic job motivating each other and looking after one another. I was really proud to climb with all of them and they all deserve a huge congratulations!

We are now safely down back in the ski town of Cheget. A well deserved rest after a good Russian meal is in store!

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The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team on the summit of Europes highest peak, 18,501 ft, on July 26th.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Yeah!!! Well done everyone! Good job Cindee~ can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home!! Xoxo, Maija

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Posted by: Maija Markula on 7/28/2014 at 8:23 am

Congratulations!! Cindee, you are amazing. Well done for the entire team!! Great adventure and climb for everyone! Be safe and enjoy the rest if your trip.
Karen

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Posted by: Karen N. on 7/27/2014 at 8:47 am


Mt. Elbrus: Teams Waits on the Mountain for Better Weather

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

It is a soggy day on Mount Elbrus. The weather has turned and not for the better. It’s raining pretty constant at the moment. What was to be a training day has turned into a hunker down day.

Don’t get me wrong, I could make it sound like its epic and the team is hanging onto the walls of our huts. However, it’s still not too bad. But with the potential of a small break in the weather for tomorrow, there is no need to get sopping wet.

The team is reading, watching tv and dreaming of their dance moves on the summit of Elbrus…hopefully tomorrow! So keep your fingers crossed for us…

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Enjoy your lazy day and I hope the weather is awesome tomorrow for your summit!!  It’s a little warmer in San Jose (CA) today ... a balmy 100+ degrees!

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Posted by: Rebecca on 7/25/2014 at 4:04 pm

Hope you guys have great weather tomorrow. Good luck to everyone can’t wait to hear all about it!

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Posted by: Mona on 7/25/2014 at 12:48 pm


Mt. Elbrus:  JJ and Team Enjoy Time on the Mountain

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello from Mt. Elbrus! Our team awoke from a good nights sleep to a beautiful, clear sunny day. After a great Russian breakfast with great American Starbucks coffee we threw our spikes on and went for a walk.

The higher you get the slower things become. As our team approached 15,000 feet many of us began to feel the air getting just a bit thinner. However, we accomplished the goal and the high altitude was a great welcome for us to become stronger for summit day.

Everyone did a great job and even though towards the end it got a little tougher, everyone is having fun and in good spirits. However, no one is still laughing at any of my jokes!

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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

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Hi Lil one.  Do you have vodka?  When in Rome…

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Posted by: Stacy on 7/25/2014 at 9:34 am

Hey sis…...proud of you keep up the good work. Just and FYI I will be one of the 50 closest friend of Kristina that will be at the all night… read more

Posted by: Sandy on 7/24/2014 at 6:12 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Acclimate on the Mountain

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,001'

Hello -
We are checking in live from the huts on Mt. Elbrus at a grand altitude of 12,001 feet. We have settled into our cozy home with gear and clothing splayed out all over!

The team took a hike up to 13,104 feet today and we returned for a great lunch made by our Executive Chef Masha. I’m not lying when I say we had caviar…we did.

We are slowly adjusting to the new altitude. After doing this adventure year after year after year I firmly believe the reason why our teams do so well is our relaxed itinerary. Everyone is doing great and we are soaking in the beautiful mountain views.

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The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th team on an acclimazation hike.  Photo: JJ Justman

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I am glad you are having a great time Damian! Mmm, caviar.. I am so jealous! Good luck and have fun!

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Posted by: Leona Partridge on 7/23/2014 at 8:28 pm

It looks like an amazing day was had by all. Have a great adventure Damian.

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Posted by: Melann Partridge on 7/23/2014 at 7:03 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Stretch Their Legs on Peak Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

We had a fun day acclimatizing on Peak Cheget in beautiful weather. The views were breath taking and it certainly was nice to stretch the legs.

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Hi you crazy russian mountain goats!! L O V E the intro video, you all look like bad asses.

Triscuit! I’d leave you a tour update but you know… read more

Posted by: Maija Markula on 7/22/2014 at 2:06 pm

Be safe and enjoy another adventure.

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Posted by: sandy on 7/22/2014 at 11:31 am


Mt. Elbrus:  Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

July 12, 2014 - 1:15 am PT

Hey - This is JJ.  Well, this morning we did not play Eye of the Tiger.  We did not play T-N-T.  But let me give you a few of the lyrics we played this morning:
I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast.  I do like jelly on my breakfast toast.

And do you know what else I like?  Not one, not two but every single climber on top of Europe’s highest mountain
What do you say gang?  (cheers in back ground)
It’s an urgent news message, we are on the summit of Mt. Elbrus.  Everyone did a great job.  Strong as can be.  And we are enjoying a beautiful day, a few puffy, happy clouds out in the distance, but that is about it

Stay tuned for some photos and videos.  We are going to head back down.  I do believe we have a well deserved dinner and maybe a little bit of a celebration back at camp. Take care and thanks for following along.  We will touch base again soon.

Sayonara from the summit of Elbrus.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Climbers en route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection Sunrise on summit day on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory RMI Guide JJ Justman ascending Mt. Elbrus, Russia yesterday. Photo: JJ Justman


RMI Guide JJ Justman and the team call from the summit of Mt. Elbrus.

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We are so excited!!!!!!!  The chickens are doing well.

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Posted by: Granny on 7/13/2014 at 12:59 pm

Nice job JJ. Good luck to your Argentina today!!  Dom and Kalani.

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Posted by: Dom on 7/13/2014 at 5:42 am


Mt. Elbrus:  JJ and Team Heading for Summit

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

July 11, 2014 - 4:31 pm PT

Hey Everyone –
This is JJ Justman with team #1 here on Mt. Elbrus.  It’s about 3 am in the morning. We have the crampons on, it’s a breathless night here for climbing.  We are about to jump on the snow-cat, which will give us a little lift higher up on the mountain.
It’s a gorgeous evening, it’s going to be a gorgeous day tomorrow. We will touch base again.  And I am pretty darn positive we will be doing that from the highest mountain here in Europe.
Take care everyone, talk to you soon.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Climbers en route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Linden Mallory


RMI Guide JJ Justman checks in just before summit attempt.

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