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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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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

Cindee,
Looking great even for a short stack! Tugboat and I will stay at your place Friday night. Check on things, bring in the mail and invite 50 of… read more

Posted by: Kristina Markula on 7/24/2014 at 1:44 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.

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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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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Ready for Summit Attempt

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

July 11, 2014 - 4:00 am PT

Good day RMI followers. The news today is sun, sun and more sun! We spent the morning reviewing mountaineering techniques in preparation for The Big Day on Mt. Elbrus! And speaking of the big day, rumor is it is going to be gorgeous! Keep your fingers crossed for us. We are all doing great and having a blast. It’s nice when a team that is diverse in age can all joke around, have fun and enjoy the mountains together. The big item on my plate is deciding what song to wake the team up with. It’s either Eye of the Tiger or TNT. If you have any other suggestions let me know.

Stay tuned for a call on the summit!

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RMI Guide JJ Justman and the RMI July 4th Team on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: John Hughes

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Safe travels on your summit day.  Hope you have perfect weather.  xox

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Posted by: Bonny Rogers on 7/11/2014 at 6:49 pm

I think you should go with “Let’s Have A Kiki”. Have a great climb JJ and team!

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Posted by: Kara Stinson on 7/11/2014 at 2:23 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Hike to Pastukhova Rocks

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

First and foremost, please tell me Argentina won. Please. This morning our team awoke to beautiful clear skies. The twin summits of Europe’s highest peak were shining and in the faint distance several climbers could be seen on the upper slopes.

Lower down we prepared our packs and after a hearty breakfast we laced up our boots and pulled up our knickers for a good day of acclimatization. The entire team did fabulous as we made it above Pastukhova Rocks with an end altitude of 15,500 feet. I swear some of the team wanted to just keep climbing to the top!

Now, we are back at camp recovering from a great day in the Russian mountains.

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The Pastukhova Rocks at 15,100' on Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection New container huts at Garabashi, Mt. Elbrus. Photo: JJ Justman

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Have a great time Millers Prayers and good weather Love Mom and Granny

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Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 7/11/2014 at 5:09 am

Tomorrow is the big day!! We’ve got you covered.

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Posted by: Granny on 7/10/2014 at 6:01 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Settled in after Acclimating Hike

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 09, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Today we had an early morning as we finished packing all our gear in preparation for heading to the upper mountain. We rode two trams up to the Mir station and then we jumped on the final chairlift to Garabashi Hut at 12,000 feet.

We used to stay at the Barrels but we were in for a real treat. We are staying in a brand new facility exclusive to our in-country outfitter. They have brand new huts which really resemble shipping containers with windows. The hickory flooring and coat racks are a nice touch.

Our head chef is Albina and let me tell you, I almost forgot how incredible her home-cooked food is. Fresh cucumber and tomato salad is my favorite!

The team just returned from a good acclimatization hike that took us to 13,200 feet. A blanket has covered the upper mountain giving us zero views other than a tipsy feeling of being surrounded in a constant shield of white. It didn’t stop us from having fun and doing our bodies some good.

We are back in our huts relaxing and getting settled in. Stay tuned for some more adventure!

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JJ Justman and team inside the Gondola, Baksan Valley, Russia. Photo: Christian Espinosa

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What - No Barrels ? !...Can it be Elbrus without the Barrels ! ?...# 7 was the best…Have a great climb JJ and crew…Enjoy new digs…Waltero (2010)

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Posted by: waltero glover on 7/10/2014 at 5:17 am


Mt. Elbrus: JJ Justman and Team Fly to Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 07, 2014
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Elevation: 11,000'

The RMI Mount Elbrus Southside team departed Moscow. We jumped on a plane and wound up in the ski town of Cheget. Let the climb begin!

Check out the video below.

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Mike have a good time & have fun Poppy

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Posted by: Bruce Archer on 7/8/2014 at 5:56 am

Live the Rocky like film! Peter and friends - Good luck on your ascent! Looks like quite a challenge, which is what you all want! Have fun, too.

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Posted by: Diana Olney on 7/8/2014 at 4:38 am


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Tour Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hi everyone! Today our team enjoyed a beautiful day sightseeing in Moscow. We had a phenomenal city tour focusing on the intense history of The Red Square, the many gorgeous cathedrals and of course The Kremlin. Every time I visit I learn more and more about this fascinating country!

Enjoy the slide show of some of the highlights of today’s adventure!

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