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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Fly to St. Petersburg

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 10, 2013
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Hello RMI family! It is Team Texas from Russia. Today we flew to St. Petersburg and we are enjoying this amazing city! We are celebrating our safe and successful trip on Elbrus. And believe me, everyone deserves to rest, relax and enjoy the good life that only sea level altitude provides!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s video dispatch of St. Pete’s!!!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Night views of the canal in St. Petersburg, Moscow. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Enjoy Time in Cheget

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 7,500'

The team checked in from the Baksan Valley today.  They are taking a well-deserved rest day after their successful summit climb of Mt. Elbrus yesterday.  We hope they enjoy their time in Cheget shopping and site-seeing.
They will spend their final night in Cheget this evening.  Tomorrow they will transfer to Mineralnye Vody and take a flight to St. Petersburg, the final stop on their tour of Russia and one of the highlights of the trip.

The sun setting on the hills above Cheget, near Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt.Elbrus: Grom & Team Are on the Mountain

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 13,500'

The team had a leisurely start to the day with breakfast at 8 as everyone is still getting their internal clocks set. After getting packed up last night and checking out of the hotel today we made our way over to the big gondola. We rode two gondolas and one small chairlift up the mountain to our new home here at 12,000’, where there are several huts including one for dining. The Garabashi Hut is also call the “barrels” because of the round shape of the huts. They are a little worn, but warm and dry nonetheless.
It was a pretty easy transition for the team and once everyone was settled we headed out the door on another acclimatization hike. We hiked for about 2 hours which took us up to about 13,500’. We then descended back to camp and had a great lunch of Bortch, a variety of fruits, salami, and cheese.
Everyone is doing great and are enjoying the beautiful weather and amazing views of the Caucasus mountain range.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Team members enjoying the views from the Garabashi Hut (12,000 ft) on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom The July 5th Mt. Elbrus team gathered for a meal at 12,000 ft.  Photo: Casey Grom The July 5th Mt. Elbrus team takes an acclimatization hike on Mt. Elbrus to 13,500 ft.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy View of Mt. Elbrus

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 09, 2013
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Elevation: 10,000'

It was a beautiful day in Cheget today and we made the most of it. We started the day with a nice breakfast of porridge, eggs and fresh juice, then headed out to stretch our legs a bit. Being that this is a ski town in the winter, we took advantage of the chairlifts and rode them up to about 10,000ft to start our hike. The team hiked for a little over an hour to reach a sub-summit of Cheget Peak. The team did great on our first acclimatization hike and spent about 20 minutes on top to enjoy the view (our first of Mt. Elbrus). Again the team did great descending down the mountain side all the way back to town where we stopped in at a local cafe for lunch. Shortly after lunch we headed over to the gear shop for a few last minute items and have settled in back in our cosy hotel.

Things look good on the mountain and we’re even heard that climbing conditions are great too. Two of RMI’s great guides Mark Tucker and Jeff Justman aka JJ are also in town after two successful climbs. It was a pleasure to see them and hear about their climbs too.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Utilizing the chair lifts in the Baksan Valley to assist in acclimatization.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 5th team gathered for a meal in Cheget at the base of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Summit Mt. Elbrus!

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

Yeehaw!  We did it!
The team took full advantage of perfect weather and great route conditions on Mt. Elbrus today. We could not help but stand on top this morning.

We returned to the Garabashi Hut, our home for the last few nights, packed our gear and continued our descent.  We are back down in the Baksan valley at the base of Mt. Elbrus. Let the celebration begin!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

An RMI Team en route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus (18,510ft).  Photo: Linden Mallory On top of Mt. Elbrus (18,510 ft), the highest peak in Russia and one of the Seven Summits.  Photo: Dana Marie Buchanan The RMI July 1st Team on the summit of Mt. Elbrus, July 9, 2013.  Photo: Dana Marie Buchanan

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Fly to Mineralnye Vody

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 08, 2013
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Elevation: 11,000'

Today the team left Moscow and caught a flight to Mineralnye Vody, which is a medium size city here in southern Russian known for its abundant mineral springs. The flight over Russia’s inland reminded me of the rural Midwest back home. We quickly hopped on our waiting bus and headed further south into the Baksan Valley where Elbrus sits on the border between Russia and Georgia. The area is mostly farmland with a few small towns that are predominately Islamic via its Turkish roots. We arrived in Cheget which sits at the base of Elbrus and is our launching point for our climb. We are currently getting ready for bed in our hotel after a wonderful authentic Russian meal.

It was another long day of travel and the team is doing great.  Everyone is looking forward to stretching their legs tomorrow.

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Casey Grom and team having dinner in Cheget, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 08, 2013
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Elevation: 18,510'

RMI Guide JJ Justman and 100% of his Mt. Elbrus team reached the summit this morning! Everyone is back, safe and sound, at the Garabashi Hut. The team sent a video as well as a photo from their successful summit.

July 8th, 2013 - Mt. Elbrus Summit! Photo: Ed Marx


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls from the Mt. Elbrus Summit!

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 07, 2013
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After a good night of sleep and a belly full of fresh fruit, bread and an assortment of meats and cheeses we headed out to explore the city a bit. Our hotel is perfectly located in central Moscow with the Kremlin and Red Square just a short walk away, so that’s where we headed first. We payed a brief visit to the Red Square then watched the changing of the guard at Russia’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before spending a little more than 2 hours inside the beautiful Kremlin. Once back outside we opted for a tour of the famous Moscow subway which sits hundreds of feet underground and is incredibly efficient and meticulously decorated. Apparently it was built so deep it could double as a bomb shelter during the Cold War years. It was amazing and a little overwhelming too.

The team then took a break for lunch and so members took naps and others explored a bit on their own. We have wrapped up the evening with a great meal and a nice little walk. Everyone is still feeling the jet-lag, but doing great otherwise.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow.  Photo: Linden Mallory The Mt. Elbrus team seeing the sites of Moscow.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Train on Mt. Elbrus

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 07, 2013
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Elevation: 15,000'

Our night’s stay in the Garabashi Hut (12,000’) on Mt. Elbrus went well. We were up early for a quick breakfast and then headed out onto the mountain with our crampons and ice axes to do some training and review while the snow was still firm.  The team did well and we climbed up 15,000’ which also helped with our acclimatization. Around noon we started our descent and after a few hours arrived back to our camp.  We enjoyed soft snow on our way down and perfect weather.

Once back at the hut we gathered for a nice lunch. We have spent the afternoon resting and drying out our gear.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

An RMI Team training on the slopes of Mt. Elbrus. Photo: RMI Collection The Garabashi Hut (12,000 ft) on Mt. Elbrus.  Also know as The Barrels.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Enjoy Rest Day

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 07, 2013
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Elevation: 12,000'

It is a rest day for Team 1 on Mt. Elbrus. I wish I had some really exciting things to report. However, rest days are filled with the continual search to beat the boredom of camp life. Activities like cards, dice, reading, people watching, drinking coffee, eating food, etc…are a few of the things we have partaken in so far today.

I’m not gonna jinx it but our summit day tomorrow may require a constant supply of sunscreen and cooling mist machines! It’s normal for team members to be a little nervous before summit day. But I’m telling ya…if I were to place a Las Vegas bet, it would be 100% to the top.

Wish us luck!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Mt. Elbrus Team 1 on the mountain.  Photo: Ed Marx

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  • St. Petersburg Canal tour. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Casey Grom & team enjoying their last night together in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom & team dine in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Looking down the Baksan Valley. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • 7/27/13 - Casey Grom and team on the Elbrus summit! Photo: Casey Grom
  • Casey Grom and team celebrating their Elbrus summit. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Garabashi Hut at sunset. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Team ready for Acclimatization Hike. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team at 15,000'. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team Dinner. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI July 19th Team on an acclimatization hike on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Garabashi Hut
  • An inside view of the Garabashi Huts at 12,000 ft on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 19th Team at 10,000 ft after acclimatization hike near Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 19th Team on an acclimatization hike.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 19th Team in Cheget, Russia.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • 7/21/13 - Casey Grom's Elbrus Team in Moscow. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The July 19th Elbrus Team - Photo: Casey Grom
  • 7/16/13 - Team Grom in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom
  • St. Peters Square. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team Grom enjoys one last meal together in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Rooftops of St. Petersburg. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Casey Grom and team celebrating post-climb. Photo: Casey Grom
  • July 13, 2013 - Casey Grom and the July 5th Elbrus summit team!
  • Top of St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Church on the Savior of Spilled Blood. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • The Team on the St. Petersburg Canal tour. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • The East and West summits of Mt. Elbrus (18,510 ft).  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Canals throughout the city of St. Petersburg. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Night view of the Church on the Savior of the Spilled Blood. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Mt. Elbrus July 5th Team on acclimatization hike on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Mt. Elbrus July 5th Team in the dining hut at 12,000 ft on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Viewing St. Petersburg on the waterways around the city.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Night views of the canal in St. Petersburg, Moscow. Photo: RMI Collection