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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!

RMI Guide 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

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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.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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

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

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

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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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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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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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
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

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.

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

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

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