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Mt. Elbrus: Casey Grom & Team Arrive in Moscow

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 06, 2013
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The adventure starts today!

All team members have safely arrived in Moscow without a glimpse of Edward Snowden.

After our long flights here we keep things pretty laid-back tonight with a light meet and greet, then headed out for a quick dinner. Not far from our hotel is a great little place that serves up some wonderful beef stroganoff, so that’s where we went. We took a short walk to stretch the legs and get a little dessert and have now retired to our hotel to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Stay tuned!

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Casey Grom & team meeting for dinner in Moscow. Photo: Casey Grom

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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Check Into the Garabashi Hut

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 06, 2013
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Elevation: 12,000'

Well we are moving right along. Team is doing well after a couple of trams and a chair lift. Here we are at 12000’, the Garabashi luxury dorm-type living. We are sticking with the normal program that has worked so well in the past. We did a nice three-hour hike, acclimatization is going well. Was under nice weather. We are just resting, hydrating, and nesting in our lovely barrel. We’re waiting our turn in the dining area. There’s a few other groups that are sharing our support crew up here and we’re all getting along just fine. Although there is just one guy up here. I think he goes by JJ.  You know there always has to be one of those in the bunch. So psyched the team is doing well. Should be another good night to catch up a little more on that jet lag.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Garabashi Hut at sunset. Photo: RMI Collection


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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Acclimatize to 15,200’

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 06, 2013
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Elevation: 15,200'

Swinging into full climbing mode, our team made a giant foray onto the upper slopes of Mount Elbrus.  Hey everyone, this is JJ Justman with RMI and the first Elbrus team of the season. Of course proper acclimatization is key and everyone is doing very, very well. 15,200 feet was our max altitude that we reached today. Donning sharp crampons on our boots allowed us some good practice for our summit day.  Now back at camp here feels a little thicker and once again, our cooks are pampering us with some of the best authentic Russian cuisine. After all I have a good saying that a well-fed climber is a strong climber and I do believe the one reason why Russian climbers are so strong, is a secret ingredient they put in the borscht, which is Russian homemade soup here. It’s really delicious, our cooks are doing a great job. We’re loving life up here on Mount Elbrus. But it is relax time to fully recover. As I mentioned, our team is doing really, really well. We are going to do a rest day tomorrow in preparation for our summit day, which as of right now, is looking like it is going to be Monday, so stay tuned.

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Justman & Team acclimatizing on July 6, 2013. Photo: Ed Marx Justman & Team hiking during a beautiful day on Mt. Elbrus. Photo: Ed Marx Justman team members break for a photo on July 6, 2013. Photo: Ed Marx


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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Hike in the Cheget Ski Area

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 05, 2013
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Elevation: 11,000'

Nice to be in the mountains, especially the Caucasus. What a nice range of peaks it is. A bit of sun, a little cloudy at times, and some wind made for a nice variety during our day of hiking.  We used the chair lifts to put us into thin air and then climbed to around 11,000’. Had a momentary glimpse of the Mt. Elbrus’ upper mountain but saving the prolonged clear for summit day and time we will spend high on the flanks of the tallest peak in Europe. Good planning indeed.

Ran across a number of guide friends today and played a good trick on one of them. The team got into character and did not break till we totally fooled my pal. They met him on the trail and immediately surrounded him saying how great to see you again, giving him hugs and the whole enchilada, while I kept just off stage watching his reaction. He was pretty cool, trying to remember what trip or where he knew them from, being old friends and all to this group of five ladies, acting as if yes, I might just remember you. We all had a good laugh after I showed myself. I better keep an eye out for he will definitely try to get me back.

The team did great today on the hike. We are all well and having a fun time.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker's Elbrus Team hiking in the Cheget Ski Area. Photo: Mark Tucker Chair lift ride in the Cheget Ski Area. Photo: Mark Tucker Descending views in the Cheget Ski Area. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Mt. Elbrus: JJ Justman Calls in from the Garabashi Hut

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 05, 2013
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Elevation: 12,000'

Hello RMI followers. This is JJ Justman with the first Mount Elbrus team.  Today was an exciting day as we left the tiny town of Azau.  After two tram rides, we arrived at the Garabashi Hut, also known as “The Barrels.”  We are currently at 12,000 feet. The team is enjoying the thin air.  We would like to convince you that we are roughing it.  However, life up here has some pretty darn nice creature comforts: French-pressed coffee and a full delicatessen, some comfy beds to name a few.  It is important to relax and ease into the altitude. That’s exactly what we need to do.  We’re playing card games and listening to electronic dance music, it’s thumping in the background as I speak.  I’m actually, myself, gonna currently watch culinary video podcast to get some new ideas for my mountain cuisine.  We want to say hello to all the friends and family following along.  The team is doing just fantastic, having a lot of fun.  We will keep on informing you of how we’re doing up here, but life is pretty darn nice. Take care for now.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

July 4, 2013 - JJ Justman and team stop for a break and a photo. Photo: Ed Marx RMI Guide JJ Justman leading his Elbrus team. Photo: Ed Marx JJ Justman's team at the Garbashi Hut. Photo: Ed Marx


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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Arrive in the Baksan Valley

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 04, 2013
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Elevation: 5,500'

We had a smooth departure from Moscow.  We took a short flight which lands us in the district of Mineralnye Vody, well known for it’s abundance of mineral springs, sorry team no spa time just yet.

Situated far right of the picture is our local mountain guide Johnny who will be assisting me throughout or adventure. We are here in the Baksan Valley at 5,500 ft. this begins our adjustment period to altitude before the summit push. We are staying in a nice chalet, used for skiers in the winter, now a very comfortable Basecamp for climbers from here and abroad. A few clouds around but not bad in the weather department.

Tomorrow we will ride a couple chairlifts to gain altitude then take a nice hike up to around 11,000 ft. Then we will return to our chalet for a second night. It is very nice to be here and out of the big city.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Sunset on the hills above Cheget.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Enjoy Hike on Peak Cheget

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 04, 2013
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Hello from the base of Mt. Elbrus,
We are enjoying our time in Cheget, located at the base of Mt. Elbrus.  Today it was nice to stretch the legs. We climbed up Peak Cheget at 11,000 feet. The weather was nice and the views were incredible. We had a fantastic day in the mountains surrounding Elbrus. The team is doing great and having fun!

Enjoy the video.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The RMI June 30th Team on an acclimatization hike of Cheget Peak, near Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: JJ Justman Team members from the RMI June 30th Mt. Elbrus climb on Peak Cheget, 11,000 ft.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Tucker & Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: Mark Tucker | July 03, 2013
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The team and all luggage are out of the transit area of the Moscow International airport. We will head right back there tomorrow for our flight to the soaring peaks of the range of mountains called the Caucasus. But, today we explored Moscow and Red Square. We will take vivid memories of the Walls of the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Jewels of the Armory Museum just to name a few.

A bit of the jet lag still with us but not slowing down this intrepid team of travelers.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

RMI Guide Mark Tucker (far right) and team visit the sites of Moscow. The wall around the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection St. Basils Cathedral near Moscow's Red Square as seen on our Moscow City Tour.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Arrive in the Mountains

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 03, 2013
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The RMI Mt. Elbrus team led by J.J. Justman left the hustle of Moscow and flew to Mineralnye Vody and drove to the Baksan Valley at the base of Mt. Elbrus.  Check out their video below.

The mountain town of Cheget, located at the base of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: JJ Justman The mountains near the base of Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: J.J. Justman | July 02, 2013
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Hello from Moscow,
Today our Mt. Elbrus June 30th team enjoyed a fantastic tour of the Kremlin. There is a lot to see and we want to give you a glimpse into this historically and culturally rich place. We hope you enjoy the video.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The walls around the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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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
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  • The July 19th Elbrus Team - Photo: Casey Grom
  • 7/16/13 - Team Grom in St. Petersburg. Photo: Casey Grom
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  • Rooftops of St. Petersburg. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Casey Grom and team celebrating post-climb. Photo: Casey Grom
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  • 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
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  • Viewing St. Petersburg on the waterways around the city.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Night views of the canal in St. Petersburg, Moscow. Photo: RMI Collection