Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy Hike in the Baksan Valley

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 10,000'

It’s nice to be back in the mountains!
Today the team awoke to cloudy skies and a little rain here in the Baksan Valley at the base of Mt. Elbrus. We started our day with a nice breakfast with fresh juice, porridge, and fried eggs. We had a bit of a rain delay so we walked over to the local gear shop and picked up a few last minute things for the climb then headed out on our first acclimatization hike. We made use of the ski lifts here to access the better hiking terrain and help us gain a little more altitude. Certainly not the norm elsewhere, but luckily for us it is in Russia. We hiked a little over an hour and reached our high point which was just over 10,000. Everyone did great and enjoyed the views even though they were a bit limited with the cloud cover. After descending back to town we had quick lunch and spent the remainder of the day exploring town, getting packed for tomorrow and a few of us even managed a cat nap too.
The team is in good spirits and excited about moving uphill tomorrow!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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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Greg: looking strong and happy :).  Have fun,  sending you energy n strength.  Blah blah, think I’ll have a glass of wine while I read the rmi blog. Do it!!!

Posted by: Barb on 7/24/2013 at 8:03 am

Great to see the team made it to the mountains. Scenery looks pretty and you all look like you’re enjoying the hike! Love to fatima.

Posted by: Peter Williamson on 7/24/2013 at 5:31 am

Thanks for the updates! Tell Del the humidity in Honolulu is unbearable, he is in a much better place! Best Wishes to your team. Aloha!

Posted by: Kara on 7/23/2013 at 11:22 pm

Sounds absolutely amazing!!! Sending love from home!!! <3 Love you

Posted by: Jek and Nic on 7/23/2013 at 5:46 pm

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