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Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Tour Moscow

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 13, 2014
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Hello from Russia everyone!

The team arrived yesterday, and after the long flights we took it easy with a brief team meeting and a quick bite to eat. We then retired to our rooms to sleep off the jet lag.

Today we woke up rather leisurely, had a continental breakfast, and walked just a short distance to meet our tour guide at the Red Square and Kremlin. We spent the better part of the day walking around the Kremlin, Red Square, and the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. Along our walk we also passed by the tomb of the unknown solider and had a brief lunch at the G.U.M.

After our tour we took a short break to do a little exploring on our own, or snuck off for a quick cat nap. We wrapped up the evening with a nice walk down to a diner to grab dinner where we enjoyed mingling with the locals and getting to know each other better.

All is well and everyone is looking forward to heading to the mountain tomorrow.

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RMI Guide Casey Grom and team on their Moscow, Russia city tour. Photo: Casey Grom RMI Guide Casey Grom and team enjoy dinner together in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Casey Grom Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Linden Mallory

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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.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 09, 2014
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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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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Climb Peak Cheget

Posted by: | July 08, 2014
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Elevation: 11,000'

Hi RMI Blog Enthusiasts!

It was really nice to finally get in the mountains and breathe some fresh air! We had a gorgeous day as you’ll see in the video. The team had a relaxing day as we strolled up to 11,000 feet topping out on Peak Cheget. Tomorrow we will continue the adventure and head to the hut on the lower flanks of the mighty Elbrus.

Sad news…or maybe you’ll be glad…I don’t think I’ll be able to post anymore videos until we get down in a few days. If you have any questions please contact my agent…

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Tour Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 06, 2014
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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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Mt. Elbrus: JJ Justman and Team Arrive in Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 05, 2014
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Okay! First off…ARGENTINA…ARGENTINA…ARGENTINA!!! Yes, yes, the first 2014 RMI Mount Elbrus expedition is underway. Everyone arrived, everyone is cool, everyone’s bags arrived, we are all going on a gorgeous city tour tomorrow of the Red Square and The Kremlin…but C’mon man! Argentina beat Belgium to enter the semi finals!

I can’t wait to produce a video of tomorrow’s city tour. Moscow is a beautiful place with beautiful people rich in history and culture. Stay tuned! But for now…for all my brothers and sisters in Argentina…Te Amo!!!

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At the Moscow Subway prior to heading into the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Finish Their Trip in Russia

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 30, 2013
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It was a great day here in St. Pete’s!

We started the day with a walking tour of this beautiful city led by our wonderful local guide Natasha. She took us to the major sites and enlightened us to the 300 years of this city’s history. We took a short break where some folks did a little exploring on there own, and others headed to the famous Hermitage where we learned that if someone spent one minute at every piece of art, it would take 8 years to view it all! Needless to say, we saw only a fraction of it.

Later in the evening the team headed out on a final tour of this majestic city by boat. We spent an hour touring the city from its many canals, which was a great way to wrap up our trip.

It’s been a wonderful adventure with a great team. We are all thankful for the great weather we’ve had, but are looking forward to getting back home.

Missing all of our families and most of our friends.

See ya soon!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

St. Petersburg Canal tour. Photo: RMI Collection Casey Grom & team enjoying their last night together in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom

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