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Entries from Elbrus Southside

August 5, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Tour St. Petersburg

Our final night in St. Petersburg!

The team had a great last day here in Russia, with a visit to several beautiful churches full of mosaic’s. We then paid a visited the beautiful and very famous Hermitage Museum, were we saw paintings and sculptures by many well known artist including Picasso and Rembrandt, and countless treasures Russia has collected over the century’s. We took a small break and wrapped up the day with a wonder evening boat cruise to see this amazing city by water.

It’s been a amazing 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 the happy crew!

Thank you for the posts. It is great to be able to share in almost real time from half way round the world..Miami Florida. Gregory Waltz is our nephew,

Posted by: Eddie & Shuyu on 8/5/2014 at 5:38 pm

August 4, 2014

Elbrus South Side

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

Yesterday was a rest day for us in Cheget!  Most of us took it easy, relaxed, packed up gear, and did a little exploring around the Baksan Valley.  Rumor has it that a few trout were caught and cooked for lunch!

Today was our travel day from the mountain to St. Petersburg.  It was a pretty long day with the four-hour bus ride to the airport and then a three-hour flight.  It was a pretty uneventful day, but the team is doing very well.  Everyone is happy to be here in this beautiful city and looking forward to our city tour tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Good job, Kim, Liz, and everybody!  Be nice to the folks in St. Petersburg.  Remember: you represent America.

Posted by: Eric Y. on 8/5/2014 at 9:19 am

You all look great. Hope you get a chance to see some of the Hermitage.

Posted by: Eddie & Shuyu on 8/4/2014 at 2:51 pm

August 2, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Celebrate Their Summit Success in Cheget

Success!  We did it!

We officially stood on top of the highest point in Europe. It was the nicest day I’ve ever had here on Elbrus- clear, calm, and great overall climbing conditions! Add on top of that our local guide Vladimir (hero) not only negotiated a snow cat ride of a life time, but he broke trail all day to help us achieve our goal. The team did a great job of climbing and taking care of themselves all day.

We enjoyed the summit and amazing views for about 20 minutes before descending back to camp, where we had a quick lunch and headed all the way back to Cheget for hot showers and beer! We have just wrapped up the evening with dinner and are headed out to explore the Cheget nightlife. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy crew!

August 2, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Summit!

Casey Grom and his Mt. Elbrus team reached the summit!  Everyone is down safe and they will check in later today.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

On The Map

Wow. Looks like a clear sky and beautiful weather. Good for you. Congratulations!

Posted by: Fernando de Aragon on 8/2/2014 at 6:33 pm

Congratulations !!! Great summit picture. Thanks to the guides for everything.  Enjoy your. success.

Posted by: Josie on 8/2/2014 at 9:41 am

August 1, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Practice Mountaineering Skills

Hello from Mt. Elbrus -

Today the team got up a little early to make use of the firm snow to practice using our crampons, and we had a refresher on self-arrest too. After our morning session we enjoyed breakfast and then relaxed near camp chatting with other climbers till lunchtime. Shortly after lunch we had our summit talk where we discussed all aspects of the climb to come and then spent the remainder of the afternoon packing and finalizing all of our gear we will need for the climb.
Everyone has their face mask ready in case the wind howls like it did on my last climb. And we even managed to play a game of trivia where the winner gets to make a satellite phone call from the summit. So if there’s someone out there who’s favorite musical group is Krewella and loves Simba. Then expect a call around 1am. Which will be roughly 8:30-9am for us.
We’ll check in again tomorrow after our big climb.

Wish us luck!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

So good to hear your voice! Earlier, I read the blog about the trivia question and thought that you might know that stuff! Enjoy the summit

Posted by: Joanne on 8/2/2014 at 4:46 am

Have fun on your summit climb!  Casey is great at getting everyone to the top safely and with a smile on their face.

Posted by: Eric Y. on 8/1/2014 at 10:49 am

July 31, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Enjoy the Mountains

It was another beautiful day here on Mt. Elbrus! We woke to clear skies, calm winds and a amazing view of the enormous Caucasus range. We had our standard breakfast of porridge, boiled eggs, assorted meats, cheeses and coffee.

Today was our planned acclimatization day and the team set shortly after 8:30 and hiked for about 3 hours uphill and reached about 15,000’, which was a new record for some! Along the way we ran into former RMI guide Craig Van Hoy. It was nice seeing an old friend and chatting with other Americans. We enjoyed the views took a few photos and then headed back down to camp for another amazing hot lunch cooked up by Russia’s finest, Albina! The remainder of the afternoon has been spent relaxing in camp, listening to the thunder outside and taking naps.
All is well and the team is looking forward to doing a little technical training and resting tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

I see you’re making great progress, Liz I know you’re having a great time! Could someone explain to me what porridge is? I can wikipidea it or I can dig deep in my chef roots, but can you have someone please explain!

Posted by: John Schupbach on 7/31/2014 at 9:36 pm

July 30, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom and Team Arrive at 12,000’

We started our day at a reasonable hour with breakfast at 8:00 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 to the gondola and hitched a ride further up the mountain to our new base camp. Two gondola rides and one super long single chair lift delivered us to our new home just over 12,000’. Our new home is basically a retrofitted shipping container, and to be honest it’s reasonably comfortable.

We had a nice lunch prepared by our wonderful cook, Albina. She’s a great cook, but I think is a little over worked as she’s been up here since my last trip.

With our gondola and chair lift rides this morning, we needed some post-lunch exercise so 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 of elevation. 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

On The Map

July 29, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Enjoy Boat Tour of St. Petersburg

The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team spent their last night in Russia on a boat tour through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Follow along with them via the video below.

July 29, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Explore the Mountains

All is well here in the Baksan Valley, at the base of Mt. Elbrus. We’ve settled into our comfortable hotel here in Cheget, which doubles as a ski town in the winter. Picture a lush green valley surrounded by many large snowy mountains!
We woke to a beautiful morning and finally we were able to get out and stretch our legs a bit. We made the most of the local ski lifts, (to save our knees of course) and hiked up the neighboring peak to start our acclimatization. It started off a little cloudy today, but eventually cleared for some decent views of Mt. Elbrus. After our ascent we headed back down to town for a nice lunch and headed over to the local climbing shop to pick up a few last minute things. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, getting our bags packed and just wrapped up another enjoyable Russia dinner with some wonderful Georgian soup.
All is well here and we’ll check in again tomorrow!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Good luck to everyone!!  Greg I am excited for you and your dad for this adventure but I still can’t wait to see you when you get back!!

Posted by: Tiara on 7/29/2014 at 11:04 pm

Greg & Gregory Waltz. Good luck, we are tracking your progress.

Posted by: Eduardo A de Aragón on 7/29/2014 at 7:53 pm

July 28, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Travel to Saint Petersburg

Our team left the Baksan Valley and the beautiful Caucasus Mountains and hopped a flight to Saint Petersburg.  Yes!!! It’s a St. Petersburg selfie!! Eat your heart out Ellen! That is the expression you have when you arrive in St. Petersburg. The team had a long day first driving to the airport and then flying to get here.  And let me tell you…it is worth it. I love this city and I can’t wait to share the sights with the team. It is a luxurious way to end our adventure in Russia.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Cindee, Congrats to you and the team! Looks like you had a great time. Safe travels home!

Posted by: Carla on 7/28/2014 at 1:10 pm

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