Entries From Elbrus 7-18-14

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

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

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.

Enjoying the sites from an evening boat ride through the canals of St. Petersburg.  Photo: RMI Collection Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection

Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Travel to Saint Petersburg

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 28, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

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

The roof tops of Saint Petersburg.  Photo: Linden Mallory The RMI July 18th Elbrus Team arrives Saint Petersburg.  Photo: JJ Justman
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Cindee, Congrats to you and the team! Looks like you had a great time. Safe travels home!

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Posted by: Carla on 7/28/2014 at 12:10 pm


Mt. Elbrus: JJ and Team Enjoy Last Day in Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 27, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 7,500'

It was a great last day in Cheget. The team went trout fishing and relaxed in the rain! Thank goodness we went for the summit of Mt. Elbrus yesterday.

We are continuing to celebrate a safe and successful adventure with great food and good company.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team Members enjoying time in Cheget, Russia.  Photo:  JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman and Team Reach Summit!

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 18,510'

Our team made the summit of Mt. Elbrus! It was an interesting weather day. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good. The wind and the cold challenged everyone including myself.

Our team did a fantastic job motivating each other and looking after one another. I was really proud to climb with all of them and they all deserve a huge congratulations!

We are now safely down back in the ski town of Cheget. A well deserved rest after a good Russian meal is in store!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The RMI Mt. Elbrus July 18th Team on the summit of Europes highest peak, 18,501 ft, on July 26th.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Yeah!!! Well done everyone! Good job Cindee~ can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home!! Xoxo, Maija

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Posted by: Maija Markula on 7/28/2014 at 8:23 am

Congratulations!! Cindee, you are amazing. Well done for the entire team!! Great adventure and climb for everyone! Be safe and enjoy the rest if your trip.
Karen

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Posted by: Karen N. on 7/27/2014 at 8:47 am


Mt. Elbrus: Teams Waits on the Mountain for Better Weather

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

It is a soggy day on Mount Elbrus. The weather has turned and not for the better. It’s raining pretty constant at the moment. What was to be a training day has turned into a hunker down day.

Don’t get me wrong, I could make it sound like its epic and the team is hanging onto the walls of our huts. However, it’s still not too bad. But with the potential of a small break in the weather for tomorrow, there is no need to get sopping wet.

The team is reading, watching tv and dreaming of their dance moves on the summit of Elbrus…hopefully tomorrow! So keep your fingers crossed for us…

RMI Guides JJ Justman

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Enjoy your lazy day and I hope the weather is awesome tomorrow for your summit!!  It’s a little warmer in San Jose (CA) today ... a balmy 100+ degrees!

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Posted by: Rebecca on 7/25/2014 at 4:04 pm

Hope you guys have great weather tomorrow. Good luck to everyone can’t wait to hear all about it!

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Posted by: Mona on 7/25/2014 at 12:48 pm


Mt. Elbrus:  JJ and Team Enjoy Time on the Mountain

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello from Mt. Elbrus! Our team awoke from a good nights sleep to a beautiful, clear sunny day. After a great Russian breakfast with great American Starbucks coffee we threw our spikes on and went for a walk.

The higher you get the slower things become. As our team approached 15,000 feet many of us began to feel the air getting just a bit thinner. However, we accomplished the goal and the high altitude was a great welcome for us to become stronger for summit day.

Everyone did a great job and even though towards the end it got a little tougher, everyone is having fun and in good spirits. However, no one is still laughing at any of my jokes!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

The Pastuhkova Rock feature at 15,100 ft on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: Linden Mallory The July 18th RMI Mt. Elbrus team taking an acclimatization hike to 15,000 ft on Mt. Elbrus.  Photo: JJ Justman The RMI July 18th Mt. Elbrus team enjoying time on mountain.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Hi Lil one.  Do you have vodka?  When in Rome…

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Posted by: Stacy on 7/25/2014 at 9:34 am

Hey sis…...proud of you keep up the good work. Just and FYI I will be one of the 50 closest friend of Kristina that will be at the all night… read more

Posted by: Sandy on 7/24/2014 at 6:12 pm


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Stretch Their Legs on Peak Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

We had a fun day acclimatizing on Peak Cheget in beautiful weather. The views were breath taking and it certainly was nice to stretch the legs.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Hi you crazy russian mountain goats!! L O V E the intro video, you all look like bad asses.

Triscuit! I’d leave you a tour update but you know… read more

Posted by: Maija Markula on 7/22/2014 at 2:06 pm

Be safe and enjoy another adventure.

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Posted by: sandy on 7/22/2014 at 11:31 am


Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Arrive in Cheget

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside
Elevation: 11,000'

Sometimes the most difficult part of any expedition is just getting on the mountain. Today, our Elbrus team got one step closer.

We jumped on a flight from Moscow and arrived in Mineralnye Vody and then had a 2 1/2 hour shuttle ride to arrive in Cheget.

We are now sitting under the glistening Caucasus Mountains that surround the valley. Some of our team are exploring the shops in town while others are sorting mountaineering gear.

Thanks for catching up with is and stay tuned for some photos and video of this wonderful area.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Sunset view of the Caucasus Mountains above Cheget. Photo: RMI Collection Cheget, mountain town at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: JJ Justman

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Mt. Elbrus: Justman & Team Explore Moscow

Posted by: JJ Justman | July 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Elbrus Southside

The RMI July 18th Mt. Elbrus team led by RMI Guide JJ Justman gathered in Moscow on July 19th.  The team explored the city on July 20th with a local tour guide soaking in the sites of the Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin’s Tomb and more.  Check out the video from their city tour.

St. Basils Cathedral near Red Square Moscow, Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection The outer walls around the Kremlin, Moscow Russia.  Photo: RMI Collection
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Good luck team especially to Steve! Stay safe and have the time of your lives!

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Posted by: Danielle on 7/21/2014 at 8:04 am

Good luck to all team members, especially my good friend Cindee! Safe climb and return home. Have fun!!

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Posted by: Dave on 7/21/2014 at 5:20 am