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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Tour St. Petersburg

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 05, 2014
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Our final night in St. Petersburg!

The team had a great last day here in Russia, with a visit to several beautiful churches full of mosaic’s. We then paid a visited the beautiful and very famous Hermitage Museum, were we saw paintings and sculptures by many well known artist including Picasso and Rembrandt, and countless treasures Russia has collected over the century’s. We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a wonder evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.

It’s been a amazing adventure here in Russia, but it’s time to say our goodbyes and return to family and loved ones.

Thanks for following,

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the happy crew!

Casey Grom & Team In St. Petersburg Russia. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Team on Canal Tour. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Team in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Team on Canal Tour with St. Petersburg in the Background. Photo: Casey Grom

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Thank you for the posts. It is great to be able to share in almost real time from half way round the world..Miami Florida. Gregory Waltz is our nephew,

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Arrive in St. Petersburg

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 04, 2014
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Yesterday was a rest day for us in Cheget!  Most of us took it easy, relaxed, packed up gear, and did a little exploring around the Baksan Valley.  Rumor has it that a few trout were caught and cooked for lunch!

Today was our travel day from the mountain to St. Petersburg.  It was a pretty long day with the four-hour bus ride to the airport and then a three-hour flight.  It was a pretty uneventful day, but the team is doing very well.  Everyone is happy to be here in this beautiful city and looking forward to our city tour tomorrow.

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Casey Grom and team having lunch in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom Elbrus team's drive from Cheget to Mineralnye Vody. Photo: Casey Grom Grom and team enjoying dinner amongst beautiful St. Petersburg views. Photo: Casey Grom

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Good job, Kim, Liz, and everybody!  Be nice to the folks in St. Petersburg.  Remember: you represent America.

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Posted by: Eric Y. on 8/5/2014 at 8:19 am

You all look great. Hope you get a chance to see some of the Hermitage.

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Posted by: Eddie & Shuyu on 8/4/2014 at 1:51 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Celebrate Their Summit Success in Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 02, 2014
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Success!  We did it!

We officially stood on top of the highest point in Europe. It was the nicest day I’ve ever had here on Elbrus- clear, calm, and great overall climbing conditions! Add on top of that our local guide Vladimir (hero) not only negotiated a snow cat ride of a life time, but he broke trail all day to help us achieve our goal. The team did a great job of climbing and taking care of themselves all day.

We enjoyed the summit and amazing views for about 20 minutes before descending back to camp, where we had a quick lunch and headed all the way back to Cheget for hot showers and beer! We have just wrapped up the evening with dinner and are headed out to explore the Cheget nightlife. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy crew!

Casey Grom's team on their Mt. Elbrus summit day. Photo: Casey Grom The Elbrus summit team enjoying a beautiful day on their descent. Photo: Casey Grom In Cheget, Casey Grom and team celebrating their Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 02, 2014
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Elevation: 18,510'

Casey Grom and his Mt. Elbrus team reached the summit!  Everyone is down safe and they will check in later today.

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August 1, 2014 - Casey Grom and team on the Mt. Elbrus summit! Photo: Casey Grom

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Wow. Looks like a clear sky and beautiful weather. Good for you. Congratulations!

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Posted by: Fernando de Aragon on 8/2/2014 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations !!! Great summit picture. Thanks to the guides for everything.  Enjoy your. success.

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Posted by: Josie on 8/2/2014 at 8:41 am


Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Practice Mountaineering Skills

Posted by: Casey Grom | August 01, 2014
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Elevation: 12,000'

Hello from Mt. Elbrus -

Today the team got up a little early to make use of the firm snow to practice using our crampons, and we had a refresher on self-arrest too. After our morning session we enjoyed breakfast and then relaxed near camp chatting with other climbers till lunchtime. Shortly after lunch we had our summit talk where we discussed all aspects of the climb to come and then spent the remainder of the afternoon packing and finalizing all of our gear we will need for the climb.
Everyone has their face mask ready in case the wind howls like it did on my last climb. And we even managed to play a game of trivia where the winner gets to make a satellite phone call from the summit. So if there’s someone out there who’s favorite musical group is Krewella and loves Simba. Then expect a call around 1am. Which will be roughly 8:30-9am for us.
We’ll check in again tomorrow after our big climb.

Wish us luck!
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The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 25th Team practicing ice axe arrest on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom

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So good to hear your voice! Earlier, I read the blog about the trivia question and thought that you might know that stuff! Enjoy the summit

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Posted by: Joanne on 8/2/2014 at 3:46 am

Have fun on your summit climb!  Casey is great at getting everyone to the top safely and with a smile on their face.

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Posted by: Eric Y. on 8/1/2014 at 9:49 am


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy the Mountains

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 31, 2014
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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. We had our standard breakfast of porridge, boiled eggs, assorted meats, cheeses and coffee.

Today was our planned acclimatization day and the team set shortly after 8:30 and hiked for about 3 hours uphill and reached about 15,000’, which was a new record for some! Along the way we ran into former RMI guide Craig Van Hoy. It was nice seeing an old friend and chatting with other Americans. We enjoyed the views took a few photos and then headed back down to camp for another amazing hot lunch cooked up by Russia’s finest, Albina! The remainder of the afternoon has been spent relaxing in camp, listening to the thunder outside and taking naps.
All is well and the team is looking forward to doing a little technical training and resting tomorrow. 

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The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom

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I see you’re making great progress, Liz I know you’re having a great time! Could someone explain to me what porridge is? I can wikipidea it or I can dig… read more

Posted by: John Schupbach on 7/31/2014 at 8:36 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Arrive at 12,000’

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 30, 2014
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Elevation: 12,000'

We started our day at a reasonable hour with breakfast at 8:00 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 to the gondola and hitched a ride further up the mountain to our new base camp. Two gondola rides and one super long single chair lift delivered us to our new home just over 12,000’. Our new home is basically a retrofitted shipping container, and to be honest it’s reasonably comfortable.

We had a nice lunch prepared by our wonderful cook, Albina. She’s a great cook, but I think is a little over worked as she’s been up here since my last trip.

With our gondola and chair lift rides this morning, we needed some post-lunch exercise so 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 of elevation. 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 July 25th Elbrus team enjoying lunch in the containers at 12,000 ft. Photo: Casey Grom The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike. Photo: Casey Grom The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike with their camp in the background. Photo: Casey Grom

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

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 29, 2014
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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: Grom & Team Explore the Mountains

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 29, 2014
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Elevation: 7,500'

All is well here in the Baksan Valley, at the base of Mt. Elbrus. We’ve settled into our comfortable hotel here in Cheget, which doubles as a ski town in the winter. Picture a lush green valley surrounded by many large snowy mountains!
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 Mt. Elbrus. After our ascent we headed back down to town for a nice lunch and headed over to 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 wrapped up another enjoyable Russia dinner with some wonderful Georgian soup.
All is well here and we’ll check in again tomorrow!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom Utilizing chairlifts from the ski area to gain elevation on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying the surrounding views of the Caucasus mountains.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Good luck to everyone!!  Greg I am excited for you and your dad for this adventure but I still can’t wait to see you when you get back!!

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Posted by: Tiara on 7/29/2014 at 10:04 pm

Greg & Gregory Waltz. Good luck, we are tracking your progress.

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Travel to Saint Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 28, 2014
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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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  • RMI Team in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Team on Canal Tour with St. Petersburg in the Background. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom and team having lunch in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Elbrus team's drive from Cheget to Mineralnye Vody. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Grom and team enjoying dinner amongst beautiful St. Petersburg views. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom's team on their Mt. Elbrus summit day. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Elbrus summit team enjoying a beautiful day on their descent. Photo: Casey Grom
  • In Cheget, Casey Grom and team celebrating their Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • August 1, 2014 - Casey Grom and team on the Mt. Elbrus summit! Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 25th Team practicing ice axe arrest on Mt. Elbrus, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus Team enjoying an acclimatization hike on the mountain.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Taking a break on Mt. Elbrus during an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team enjoying lunch in the containers at 12,000 ft. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their acclimatization hike with their camp in the background. Photo: Casey Grom
  • 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
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team on an acclimatization hike in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Utilizing chairlifts from the ski area to gain elevation on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying the surrounding views of the Caucasus mountains.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • The RMI July 18th Elbrus Team arrives Saint Petersburg.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team on their Moscow, Russia city tour. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 25th Elbrus team exploring Moscow, Russia in the evening. Photo: Casey Grom
  • RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team Members enjoying time in Cheget, Russia.  Photo:  JJ Justman
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team on the summit of Europes highest peak, 18,501 ft, on July 26th.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • 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
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th team on an acclimazation hike.  Photo: JJ Justman
  • Grom and Team visiting St. Petersburg after Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Elbrus team enjoying the St. Petersburg canal tour. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom & his Elbrus team's farewell dinner in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Rooftops of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Sunset view of the Caucasus Mountains above Cheget. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Cheget, mountain town at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: JJ Justman
  • The RMI July 11th team enjoying a celebration dinner in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom
  • St. Basils Cathedral near Red Square Moscow, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • The outer walls around the Kremlin, Moscow Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection