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Mt.Elbrus: Grom & Team Meet in Moscow and Explore the Sites

Hello everyone - 
The team arrived yesterday after a tiring day of travel. As most of the team is still adjusting to the nearly 12 hour time change we kept things simple with a little round of introductions and a brief overview of the days ahead. We then took a short walk to get dinner at a nearby restaurant before turning in for the night.
Today we meet with our local tour guide, Victoria, and had a wonderful tour of the nearby Red Square and the Kremlin.  We visited several churches including the iconic St. Basil’s, plus a brief stop at the famous GUM, which is a high end shopping mall that sits across the Red Square from the Kremlin.
We’ve just returned from dinner and are getting packed up for tomorrow’s flight to the south which will get us closer to Mt. Elbrus.
Everyone is doing great and looking forward to heading to the mountains tomorrow.

That’s all for now.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Good luck on summit success this morning. You all look ready!

Richard Cost I expect you to do both. Love you!

Posted by: Stacey Cost on 7/27/2017 at 11:43 am

Glad the trip is going so well. Richard Cost, you make a nice blonde.

Posted by: Stacey Cost on 7/25/2017 at 8:31 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Gorum & Team Ready for Summit Bid

After a windy night, the team awoke to blue skies and a relatively calm breeze. We spent the first half of the day reviewing skills like rope travel and self arrest. The remainder of the day has been spent relaxing, prepping gear for our summit attempt of Mt. Elbrus tomorrow morning, and watching some very acrobatic birds fly around camp. We are pretty much ready to go, now we just wait and hope for good weather. You’ll hear from us tomorrow!

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Wishing Ray, Nikolai and Aleksandr a fun and successful climb to the summit tomorrow. We’re all looking forward to the stories and picture back here at USC. Good luck!! Angela

Posted by: Angela Walker on 7/21/2017 at 7:16 am

Mt.Elbrus: Gorum & Team Acclimatize and Enjoy the Mountain

Well well well, another good day up here on Mt. Elbrus. Most of the team woke with the sunrise, which is around 4am. Breakfast wasn’t until 8, so we had some time to kill. Jazzersize (I don’t actually know how to spell that) kept a few folks busy, while others took part in more traditional activities, such as taking photos and wandering aimlessly about the ridge. After breakfast we had a race to see who could get ready the fastest. Everyone tied for first place. This is the dream team, no doubt.

We set off on our journey to the top of Pastahkov rocks at 9:00am. After an hour, we could hear thunder in the distance, and dragged our feet thinking we were going to retreat. Thunder is no match for this team, however, and after some intense positive energy output the clouds dissipated and we continued upwards. Two hundred feet shy of our target, the clouds started to look ominous again. It is hard work trying to change the weather, and we’re going to need that energy for summit day. The best call was to turn around and head back to the hut. We made it to 15,300 feet today, which is perfectly in line with our acclimatization goals. We made it back to the huts ten minutes before it started raining, which is perfectly in line with our goal of not getting wet. Excellent job by everyone today. Rest day coming up tomorrow.

The team sends their best to all back at home!
RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Mt. Elbrus: Gorum & Team Move Into the Garabashi Hut

The team sends their greetings from 12,500ft. We all made it up to the Garabashi Hut in good style today. Everyone got moved in, and then went for a nice jaunt in perfect weather. We got a little training in on our new snowy surface, and then headed back to the huts for a nice lunch. Nobody is going hungry just yet.
The heat of the day lead to some building clouds, precipitation, and eventually some light thunderstorms in the distance. People spent the afternoon reading, writing, and napping. We’re settling in quite nicely up here. Check in tomorrow.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Charlie, Nikolai and Aleksandr (My Stevens Boys)- Looks Amazing!  I wish I were there.  Sending you lots of love and positive energy.  Godspeed!

Posted by: Vivian M. Urena-Stevens on 7/19/2017 at 6:35 pm

Craig and Carol, Sending lots of love ( and not a little envy!) and blessings for a great climb. You guys rock! Armen and Vicky

Posted by: vicky hanjian on 7/19/2017 at 11:57 am

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Finish Their Time in Russia Touring St. Petersburg

Our final night in St. Petersburg!
The team had a great last day here in Russia, with a visit to a beautiful church full of mosaics. We then visited the very famous Hermitage Museum, where we saw paintings and sculptures by many well-known artists including Rembrandt, Michelangelo and even Da Vinci.
We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a fantastic evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.
It’s been a wonderful adventure here in Russia, but it’s time to say our goodbyes and return to family and loved ones.
Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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To my dearest Steve Pastor, I’m so proud of you!!  You are amazing!  I feel absolutely honored that I received a phone call to find you made the summit.  Mt. Elbrus summit!!!  Great job to my crazy mountain climbing bestie and congratulations!!  Love and Hugs, Andy

Thank you Mr. Grom for the wonderful experience you provided all these fantastic people!  Congratulations to you and everyone with you!!

Posted by: Andrea Houts on 7/18/2017 at 4:38 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Gorum & Team Acclimatization Hike in Cheget

We had our first day up above ten thousand feet, and it couldn’t have been much better. The weather was perfect, and the views were just as good. The wildflowers here are blooming, and with the breeze we had today, their smell filled the air. So we walked with postcard views and air that smelled like flowers, not bad.
We reached a nice spot around eleven thousand feet, took some photos, and made some new friends. We got our first good view of the route, and I would say folks have it just about memorized now. If the team fell short in any aspect today, it was in our ability to take a group photo. It’s the thought that counts I suppose.
After a nice lunch back in town, we went through our gear, and packed everything in preparation for heading uphill. We are mountain bound tomorrow morning. Досвидания!

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Arrive in St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg!!!
We traveled all day and have finally arrived in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Things went relatively smooth despite two van rides and two flights. We got checked into the hotel here and then ran out for a quick dinner followed by a short but scenic stroll.
Everyone is very excited to explore and see this city tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Mt. Elbrus: Gorum & Team Travel to Cheget

After a full day of travel, the team has made it to Cheget. We enjoyed our time in Moscow, but it always feels good to be in the mountains. The air is crisp, and the rivers are swollen. From the hotel we can see multiple hanging glaciers, and from town we can easily see the East summit of Elbrus.
We’ve got a few things to take care of here over the coming days, but it won’t be long until we’re living life up in the hills!

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Be Safe and Have Fun!!! Tell Craig (Dad) we love him and we’re so proud!!- From all his kids and grandkids:)

Posted by: Hannah Clark on 7/18/2017 at 7:20 am

Good luck! Have fun and tell Zarina hello for us!

Posted by: Rebecca Robinson on 7/17/2017 at 5:33 pm

Mt. Elbrus: Gorum & Team Explore Moscow

The team has arrived in Moscow! Everyone has their bags, though some had to work a little harder than others for that luxury. 
Today, we started with a tour of the Kremlin. We saw some really big cannons, and some very old cathedrals. Some of those cathedrals contain remains of people who died in the 14th century. That’s before Christopher Columbus even sailed the ocean blue, which was in 1492, of course. There is a lot of history here.
The team toured the Red Square, ate some ice cream, and ate some lunch. After our tour, folks split ways for a bit. Some taking naps, some exploring on their own, and some opting to track down their luggage. Success on all fronts.
We just got back from dinner, everyone is packed up and ready to head out early tomorrow for our departure to Mineralnye Vody. You’ll hear from us soon.

RMI Guide JM Gorum

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Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Explore Cheget

Greetings everyone -
Our team spent the contingency weather day hanging out in Cheget. We had a rather leisurely start with breakfast at 9:30 due to so many climbers being here in the hotel. But no one seemed to mind the extra sleep after yesterday’s climb.
We spent the day walking around town, riding ATVs, enjoying the new coffee shop in town and of course horseback riding Russian style!
Right now we’re all relaxing before heading out to a celebratory dinner with the team. Hopefully we’ll survive the vodka associated with tonight’s traditional Russian celebration, hosted by our gracious local tour operator.
Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to heading to beautiful St. Petersburg early tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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