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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team See the Sights and Bid Farewell to Russia

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 22, 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 mosaics. We then visited the very famous Hermitage Museum, where we saw paintings and sculptures by many well-known artists including Picasso, Rembrandt, and even Da Vinci. We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a fantastic evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.

It’s been a wonderful 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 crew

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

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Congratulations to all! It sounds like it was a great adventure. And thanks, Casey, for getting them up and down safely!

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Posted by: Susan on 7/22/2014 at 2:00 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.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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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: Grom & Team Arrive in St. Petersburg

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

Hello everyone!

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.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Rooftops of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Enjoy that beautiful city! From underground in the subways to the glories of the Hermitage amid memories of the long siege—it is a glorious city. So glad you are having… read more

Posted by: MaryAnn on 7/22/2014 at 7:32 am

Down off the mountain and now you get to visit a city that many of my friends and relatives want to visit or have visited and think it is great.… read more

Posted by: Cornelia Granny on 7/22/2014 at 5:47 am


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Arrive in Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

Sometimes the most difficult part of any expedition is just getting on the mountain. Today, our Elbrus team got one step closer.

We jumped on a flight from Moscow and arrived in Mineralnye Vody and then had a 2 1/2 hour shuttle ride to arrive in Cheget.

We are now sitting under the glistening Caucasus Mountains that surround the valley. Some of our team are exploring the shops in town while others are sorting mountaineering gear.

Thanks for catching up with is and stay tuned for some photos and video of this wonderful area.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Sunset view of the Caucasus Mountains above Cheget. Photo: RMI Collection Cheget, mountain town at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Celebrate In Cheget

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2014
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We did it! We successfully climbed to the highest point in Europe. It wasn’t easy, in fact it was far from it.

We started our climb in pretty windy conditions and battled our way for several hours before the weather finally eased off. I have to admit I wasn’t sure it was going to happen for us, but a big thanks to our local guides for working hard and to the crew for doing a great job of taking care of themselves. We had our heads down most of the climb due to the blowing wind and surface snow that continuously made it difficult. The team worked extra hard today to make it happen, wearing parkas and goggles nearly the entire day.

We have finally descended all the way back to Cheget and just finished another wonderful meal, washed down with endless vodka in Russian style!

Everyone is in great spirits and looking forward to taking in the sites and relaxing in beautiful St. Petersburg.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Team

The RMI July 11th team enjoying a celebration dinner in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom

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That is an impressive accomplishment. Congratulations!
Have a safe trip to St. Petersburg.

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Posted by: Tamara on 7/20/2014 at 5:22 pm

You did it and I see smiles all over the place. I am very proud of all of you. Love and prayers Mom and Granny

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Posted by: Cornelia on 7/20/2014 at 2:37 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 20, 2014
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The RMI July 18th Mt. Elbrus team led by RMI Guide JJ Justman gathered in Moscow on July 19th.  The team explored the city on July 20th with a local tour guide soaking in the sites of the Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin’s Tomb and more.  Check out the video from their city tour.

St. Basils Cathedral near Red Square Moscow, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection The outer walls around the Kremlin, Moscow Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Good luck team especially to Steve! Stay safe and have the time of your lives!

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Posted by: Danielle on 7/21/2014 at 8:04 am

Good luck to all team members, especially my good friend Cindee! Safe climb and return home. Have fun!!

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Posted by: Dave on 7/21/2014 at 5:20 am


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Reach Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the RMI Mt. Elbrus July 11th team reached the summit of Mt.Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak on July 20th.  The team had a great day and will check in again when they are back at camp.

Congratulations to the team!

The RMI July 11th team on the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Russia, 18,510 ft.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Yayyyyyy!

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Posted by: Tamara on 7/20/2014 at 5:21 pm

Congratulations Bill! Looking forward to hearing your stories about this latest adventure. Love, Gerry & Sharon

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Posted by: Gerald Hill on 7/20/2014 at 7:48 am


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Wait out the Weather

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 19, 2014
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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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It is 10 am Seattle time so by now you have reached the top and come back down with lots of stories and good thoughts. Kevin are you keeping a… read more

Posted by: Cornelia Granny on 7/20/2014 at 8:49 am

By now you must be climbing, or maybe already there. So glad the weather broke for you, and looking forward to many good pictures. Be safe—MA

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Posted by: Mary Ann on 7/19/2014 at 12:21 pm


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!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Training on the lower slopes of Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection

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Am sure you are anxious to start the climb but glad you can wait a day to get better weather. Prayers and good thoughts for you all Love Mom and… read more

Posted by: Cornelia on 7/19/2014 at 6:12 am


Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimate on Mt. Elbrus

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 17, 2014
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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.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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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Looking good Thanks for the e-mail about the plane. Keep warm and enjoy the sites. Love Mom and Granny Kevin what a story to write about for sure.

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Posted by: Cornelia on 7/18/2014 at 6:23 am

Good luck Miller boys!

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Posted by: Sean on 7/18/2014 at 4:52 am


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  • Training on the lower slopes of Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection
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