Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Reach Hut at 12,000’

Posted by: Casey Grom | July 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

July 16, 2014 - 5:12 am PT

We started our day at a reasonable hour with breakfast at 8 am, we had porridge, fried eggs, and of course plenty of the Starbucks coffee we brought along. :) After breakfast we finished the remainder of our packing and headed over the the gondola to hitch a ride further up the mountain to our new Base camp on Mt. Elbrus. Two gondola rides and one super long single chair lift delivered us at our new home just over 12’000’. Our new home is basically a retro fitted shipping container, they’re brand new and rather comfortable.
After we settled in we had a nice lunch cooked by our wonderful and cantankerous cook Albina. She’s a great cook, but I think is a little over worked and runs a tight ship. 
After lunch we headed out to stretch our legs and continue our acclimatization process by hiking for a little over an hour and gaining well over a thousand feet. Everyone did great and we are now back at camp watching the evening clouds roll in and getting ready for dinner.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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

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So happy to hear everything is going well. Baby Patrick and I love you and miss you guys so much!

Posted by: Chelsea Miller on 7/17/2014 at 6:01 am

What a ride and scenery you must have had.  How does the container feel to sleep in rather than tents? Take care Love Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia on 7/16/2014 at 3:15 pm

Sounds like a great day! Glad everyone is having a great time. Sleep well.

Posted by: Sydney on 7/16/2014 at 10:01 am

You guys look great! I hope your weather stays good. Be careful!

Posted by: Tamara on 7/16/2014 at 8:41 am

A gondola! Here I am thinking you are hiking all the way to the top and you are riding. Well, I know you will hike part of it, and what a beautiful mountain it seems to be. Best of luck!

Posted by: Mary Ann on 7/16/2014 at 8:18 am

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