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July 23, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Acclimate on the Mountain

Hello -
We are checking in live from the huts on Mt. Elbrus at a grand altitude of 12,001 feet. We have settled into our cozy home with gear and clothing splayed out all over!

The team took a hike up to 13,104 feet today and we returned for a great lunch made by our Executive Chef Masha. I’m not lying when I say we had caviar…we did.

We are slowly adjusting to the new altitude. After doing this adventure year after year after year I firmly believe the reason why our teams do so well is our relaxed itinerary. Everyone is doing great and we are soaking in the beautiful mountain views.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

On The Map

I am glad you are having a great time Damian! Mmm, caviar.. I am so jealous! Good luck and have fun!

Posted by: Leona Partridge on 7/23/2014 at 9:28 pm

It looks like an amazing day was had by all. Have a great adventure Damian.

Posted by: Melann Partridge on 7/23/2014 at 8:03 pm

July 22, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team See the Sights and Bid Farewell to Russia

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 mosaics. We then visited the very famous Hermitage Museum, where we saw paintings and sculptures by many well-known artists including Picasso, Rembrandt, 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

What a trip for you all. Thanks Casey for updates each day. It was fun to follow the trip. Loved the pictures. Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia / Granny on 7/23/2014 at 6:58 am

Congratulations to all! It sounds like it was a great adventure. And thanks, Casey, for getting them up and down safely!

Posted by: Susan on 7/22/2014 at 3:00 pm

July 21, 2014

Elbrus South Side

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

Hello everyone!

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

Enjoy that beautiful city! From underground in the subways to the glories of the Hermitage amid memories of the long siege—it is a glorious city. So glad you are having a chance to visit it. MA

Posted by: MaryAnn on 7/22/2014 at 8:32 am

Down off the mountain and now you get to visit a city that many of my friends and relatives want to visit or have visited and think it is great. Have fun and enjoy Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia Granny on 7/22/2014 at 6:47 am

July 20, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Celebrate In Cheget

We did it! We successfully climbed to the highest point in Europe. It wasn’t easy, in fact it was far from it.

We started our climb in pretty windy conditions and battled our way for several hours before the weather finally eased off. I have to admit I wasn’t sure it was going to happen for us, but a big thanks to our local guides for working hard and to the crew for doing a great job of taking care of themselves. We had our heads down most of the climb due to the blowing wind and surface snow that continuously made it difficult. The team worked extra hard today to make it happen, wearing parkas and goggles nearly the entire day.

We have finally descended all the way back to Cheget and just finished another wonderful meal, washed down with endless vodka in Russian style!

Everyone is in great spirits and looking forward to taking in the sites and relaxing in beautiful St. Petersburg.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Team

On The Map

That is an impressive accomplishment. Congratulations!
Have a safe trip to St. Petersburg.

Posted by: Tamara on 7/20/2014 at 6:22 pm

You did it and I see smiles all over the place. I am very proud of all of you. Love and prayers Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia on 7/20/2014 at 3:37 pm

July 20, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Reach Summit!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and the RMI Mt. Elbrus July 11th team reached the summit of Mt.Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak on July 20th.  The team had a great day and will check in again when they are back at camp.

Congratulations to the team!

On The Map


Posted by: Tamara on 7/20/2014 at 6:21 pm

Congratulations Bill! Looking forward to hearing your stories about this latest adventure. Love, Gerry & Sharon

Posted by: Gerald Hill on 7/20/2014 at 8:48 am

July 19, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Wait out the Weather

Not that we needed it, but yesterday’s thunderstorms with hail, lighting, and strong winds only confirmed we’d made the right call to delay by one day. By morning today the clouds had blown off and the sun was back out but you could still see the wind up high blowing strong. Rather than rest all day again, we went for a nice hike after breakfast to stretch the legs and exercise the lungs a bit. Being a Saturday there were dozens of snowcats full of people and endless snowmobiles flying past as we hiked. 
After our hike we enjoyed another nice meal cooked by Albina and then sat together to discuss our upcoming climb. We have gone over all the details and are already packed up ready for morning. Our plan will be to wake up around midnight, have breakfast at 12:30 and hopefully be riding our snowcat by 1:30. The snow cat will drop us off basically where we ended our highest acclimatization hike two days ago. From there it should takes us about 6-8 hours to reach the summit of Mt. Elbrus if all goes according to plan. The forecast looks better than yesterday’s and the team is very ready for the climb.
We’ll do our best to call from the summit, and will undoubtedly check in when we return.
Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

It is 10 am Seattle time so by now you have reached the top and come back down with lots of stories and good thoughts. Kevin are you keeping a journal for a great book? Love to all Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia Granny on 7/20/2014 at 9:49 am

By now you must be climbing, or maybe already there. So glad the weather broke for you, and looking forward to many good pictures. Be safe—MA

Posted by: Mary Ann on 7/19/2014 at 1:21 pm

July 18, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Train in Preparation of Summit Bid

Today the team got up a little early to make use of the firm snow to practice using our crampons, and we revisited how to self-arrest also.  After our morning session we enjoyed breakfast and then relaxed near camp till lunch. The weather has slowly been changing here and shortly after lunch we decided to postpone our climb by one day as the forecast is showing a slight improvement for tomorrow evening. So that means another day of rest tomorrow!

Not much new to report here, but everyone is doing well and we have our fingers crossed that the weather improves enough to allow for some amazing views.

We’ll check in again tomorrow before our big climb!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Am sure you are anxious to start the climb but glad you can wait a day to get better weather. Prayers and good thoughts for you all Love Mom and Granny

Posted by: Cornelia on 7/19/2014 at 7:12 am

July 17, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimate on Mt. Elbrus

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. (Really you should google it sometime!) We had our standard breakfast of porridge, boiled eggs, assorted meats, cheeses and coffee. Today was our planned acclimatization hike and we did just that. The team hiked for about three hours uphill and reached about 15,000 ft, which was a new record for some. We enjoyed the views took a few photos and then headed back down to camp for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon has been spent playing cards, reading and napping.
All is well and we are looking forward to having a rest day tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Looking good Thanks for the e-mail about the plane. Keep warm and enjoy the sites. Love Mom and Granny Kevin what a story to write about for sure.

Posted by: Cornelia on 7/18/2014 at 7:23 am

Good luck Miller boys!

Posted by: Sean on 7/18/2014 at 5:52 am

July 16, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Reach Hut at 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

On The Map

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 7:01 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 4:15 pm

July 15, 2014

Elbrus South Side

Mt. Elbrus: Grom & Team Acclimate in Cheget

All is well here in the Baksan Valley, at the base of Elbrus. We’ve settled into our comfortable hotel here in Cheget, which doubles as a ski town in the winter. It reminds me of Jackson Hole with Mt. Rainier instead of the Grand Tetons.

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 Elbrus. After our ascent we headed back down to town for a nice lunch and headed over 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 wrapping up another enjoyable Russia dinner with plenty of borscht.

All is well here and we’ll check in again tomorrow!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew


You do get around!

Good luck and stay safe.

Art Muir

Posted by: Art Muir on 7/15/2014 at 8:38 pm

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